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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

(FBOM OUR OWN COBBEBFONDENT.J Wuxjkgton, July 16 The Representation Bill just circulated provides for an adv*ntage of 25 per cent to the country districts, and the amalgamation of the city electorate*. Bflnittera decline to glre any inform*' lion respecting the provision made lo the Pabllo Worka estimates for works m varluua districts, but I hare reason to bellere that many districts will be reiy maoh disappointed, and will find that very little is available for even most neoeuary road woiki. It 1b said thai the whole amount available for road works throughout the Colony it £30,000. Sir G. Grey fau given notice to ask Government if Lord Onslovr is responsible for the letter written to the acting French Oonral m reaped to the escaped convict Gssptrini. I informed yon the other day that other members intended to ask Government to apply the prinoiple which 1b proposed m connection with the Otago Central Railway Bill to the construction of railway! m their partionlar dig trio ta. This afternoon Messrs Ward and Quiness gave notice to make this request m favor of railway works m Southland and on the West Coast of the Middle Island. Th» announcement of this intention by the gentlemen named, provoked loud laughter m the House, although it is generally felt that this move on the part of the representatives of other districts will be the laat etraw on the camel's back and will have* tke effect of practlcaly killing the Otago Central Railway Bill, A lengthy dlteusuon on this subject arose on a motion for the adjournment of the House the immediate cause for which was a ' negative reply to Mr Smith's request that the line between Bketabuna and WoodTill*) should be constructed on the same | terms as those propoied for the Otago ; Central Railway, and from the tone of the various speeches, the Otago Central Railway Bill is likely to receive short shrift The gist of the whole discussion was that the Utago Central itailway should not be constructed under the terms of the Bill unless other railway lines, likely to pay better, were also provided for m a similar manner. The Premiei has been pennadftd by some members to appoint Seieot Committee to enquire, into the best means of local government m New Zealand and gave notice of the appointment of suoh a committee this afternoon. The Premier declined to consider Mr Verrall's propoiai for the abolition of the tax on sugar. The debate on the reform of the Legislative Oeunoll was oommenoed this afternoon and adjourned till to-morrow. The Public Worka Statement Instead of being read by the Minister will simply be laid on the table. Town member* aesert that whilst the Beprestntation Bill provides a nominal advantage of 25 per cent to the oountry districts It actually concedes ev«.n more than the 33£ per cent aiked for by the country memberSi and this was admitted by Governmtnt to be so. The ■rgument Is that there Is something like 36 per cent m favor of the oountry. Be that a» It may I believe that country membeis have determined not to speak on the motion for the seoond reading, bat will reserve their remarks for the Committee stage, lam Informed farther thai the country members m Committee will demand that thirty three and a third per cent advantage to the country dl»---tsiot* shall be dearly inserted m the quota clause of the Bill. The debate on the Representation Bill hta collapsed for the preiant, and aftst JPf Taylor and, Mr JVib b|4 wifoUj

! stigmatised the Bill as uojaat sud absurd and after a loDg dlsonsslon on a questloi a« to when the debate should b( returned, it was eventually agreec th.t the debate r« adjourned til to-morrow As, however, to-morrow anc Thursday are set apart for private members' buaiaeis, it Is not likely tha 1 the debate c»n be reenmod before Fridty. The Hnnae then passed two or three small Bills and Mr Htslop moved the second reading of >hn Law of Libel Bill, of thprove! >D Bof which you are already aware. Tha aeoond reading waa agreed to and the House re se at 11 p.m. Wellington, July 17 I r was ramcred tbac m committee on the Representation B'il an amendment troald c moved to the effect that the oh j and aaborbs of Wellington be disfranchised The ramor was regarded as a joke, though of coarse there is a preoedeut for aaob a ooarse m the fact that the olty of Washington returns no members to Congresß, the argument befog that residents at the aeat of Government have easier aooess to Ministers than people In many parts of the colony. I believe now that it la really intended to mova snob, an amendment, more for the purpo»e cf delaying the B 11, however, than with any hope of the amendment being agreed to. A meeting of town members was held this morning to consider their position with reference to the Representation Bill; thirteen were present, Mr Mobs id the chiir. There was a good deal of discus sion, and strong oi jection was taken to the J3i 1. It was deoided that a deputation of four, being one representative fir jm eaoh of the chef four towns, wait on the Premier to BBk that the Bill be postponed for the present. The Ptemier having stated that the Public Works Statement will not be delivered till the representation qneetion is settled there is a feeling that Govern ment are unnecessarily delaying the Statement, as it might easily bo laid on the table, and memben thus made ao quaioted with the proposals of Government at once. I 1 understand that Mr B.llanoe intends asking Government this afternoon to promise that tbe Publlo Works Statemenahail be delivered without delay, or at any rate before the financial debate oomes on. la reference to the discover/ that tbe provision m tbe new Representation BUI, making a deduo ion of 25 per cent fiom tbe olty population ia equal to giving 33J per cent, advantage to the oouatry districts, the explanation is as follows : — Tbe country wanted 133$ to the towns 100 ; the 8.1 l gives the oouuery 100 and the towna 76. The solution wlil be found m a oorreot sum of proportion : —As 13iJi is to 100, ao is ICO to 75. The country members now i»y they wish to get a deduction of 33 J per oeot from the oity populations whioo wonld be equal to 50 per cent advantage to the country distriots, md they intend to move m this direction. Tbe town members are organising a vigorous opposition, and stonewalling will doubtless be retorted to

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2175, 17 July 1889

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