SENSATIONS IN PARLIAMENT. THE SPEAKER CORNERED.
THE GASPARINI OO&RESPON- : ■: DENOE. (From ouk owa Correspondent,) ! Wellington, Jnly 12. If yesterday was dreary, the proceedings today quite made up tor paßt dullness, and we had two sensations this afternoon The first oama from Mr Soobie Mackenzie, the member for Mount Ida, who 100 mediately upon not oes of motion being called for, gave notloa to m.Qv,e oh Tuesday, V That m the opinion of this House, the Private bohoola Bill, being a Bill fos granting, public money, waa not introduced into the House m acoordanpe with the Standing Ordera and the law of Parliament } (2) that m coDneotion therewith the. ruling given that a member rising to a point of order may not iofonupt another , member m the debate, is not m accordance with the Standing Orders and the lawof Parliament ; (3) that it la not desirable aoy member rising to address the ohafr should be inatruoted by the ohair to be brief, inasmuch as it In not the funotion of tne ohalr to judge of brevity and the enfoi cement of it would amount to a^ ourtailment of tb.a.fi rjgl^t of free apseoh which is the oq^atit^tional privilege of every member m h,ia representative oapaoity. This notioe of motion explains itself so far as the Bill itself rs concerned, but ie is neoahsary to state that when Mr Mackenzie rose on Wednesday to raise a point of otdar m whioh he took exoeption o the introduction of the B,iU m "the House instead of m Committee ihel Speaker seamc 4 to objsot to his rlsiag after tha mover of the seQQn^ rea^ioa or , th« Bill h»d ooanseoo^ p^ w i l| m^
asked him t> be brief m his remarks* When Mr M c\enzie gave notice of h ; i tn >t?on, the Speaker Bald he met the motion without ary ill-feeling towards the ion. member. Be had yesterday com- " pleted hif tenth year as Speaker of the Bouse, and during that time his action bad only twice been oiled In question by notice of motion: traversing his ru'iuge. Those motions V|t&d never oome on for discussion, and he had therefore never been able to defend himself. He suggested, that Mr Mackeczie should move at once without notion, and m Committee, tiat he (the Speaker) might be allowed to give his reasons (or ruling as he bad done, -Vffcer some further discussion between Mr Mackenzie and Sir Maurice O'Rorke, it was decided to let the motion take its oourse, and the discussion will thereforo~~ come up on Tuesday The general mpreaeion is that ttie Speaker cannot defend his ruling, and that Mr Mackenzie, who is an enthusiantio student of. Parliamentary and consttfntional law, will score heavily against fl lr Maurice, though it is I not l ; kely that the House will ff el inolined \- to piece a motion of censure againit ft Speaker so able and popular as Sir Maurice O'Rorke Th 9 next sensation was that relating to the Gasparini correspondence, which I advised you would take plaoa, by the Premier making a sta'ement traversing Mr Fisher's explanation relative to the publication of wh\t is known bb the* Gaspaiini correapoo donee. Sir' H, ■ Atkinaon made ai exhaustive statement, but the whole question turned on what Ministers understand by the "printing " of the papeia. Sir fl. Atkinson stated that it waa a common praotloe of Ministers to have lengthy d< o amenta put (nto type for oopventenoe, but In no sense were such papers ooDßidered Govern- ment or State papets, and the Imprint, "by authority," did not In such oases appear thereon. He had suggested printing one of Mr Flsher'a letters In this way for oonvenlonop. Theseupon Mt Fisher bad secretly, without the knowledge of his colleagues, got the whole correspondence printed as Qiverument papers^ wlih 'hi words "by •athorlty" Imprinted, sod had circulated a numbet of copies; The Premier waa very seveie on Mr Fisher's conduct. The latter jastified bis action by eaylng he understood the Premier had agreed to printing the papers as "by antborliy," and thiit m any case as • grave charge had been preferred sgsloot him he was justified m obtaining copes of tha papers m hfa own defehos. There were a few p»lnf al passages' ' between the Premier and Mr Fisher, and It Is not too much to say that oh one oo* ossion, the former: gave Mr Fisher the Ho direct. The dleounslon, of oourse, had ho result, except th»t there seemed to be a strong feeling that too muoh wsj beloct made of the matter, »nd that a Minlstst -; ol the Grown should not bold the position " of Consul for a foreign Power, a prtnolpla laid dowo by Sit Goorge Grey m a speech of a few words, and whioh wai warmly t cheered, ..." :,' ..'V _. :'.^!.',"..C
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