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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

(fEOM OUB OWN COBBEBFONDKNT.J Wellington, July 19. Mr Barron has givun notice to move on the motion for the aeoond reading of the ] representation Bill that Parliament havng passed an Act reduolbg the namber ] of members eabj ot to the present qaota it is not detitable to interfere with the ■ extitlng law until farther reference to the , ' ooaatitaenoies - The whole afternoon's sitting has been 1 ooouptad by a dlacaealon on the lease of the raua In the Otekaike dittclot near Oamatn to Meiers Campbell and Sods The settlers m ihe district had petitioned Government to throw the rana open for aettlemambnt by some alleged mistake m a telegram des^a oned by the Minister for 1 Lands the wrong runs were named and the runs required for settlement pissed Into the hands of Campbell, ft member ! of the legislative Gounod. Toe fact! \ were made known at the time and not ing fresh was elicited bj the dlsoutaion : although there was a very general con- s demnation of the carelessness of Governmeat, which led to auoh a result and at ' their want of action m not delaying the completion of the lease whea the mistake 1 was discovered. „Mr O'Conor has given no'ioa that when ' m Committee on the Uepreeebtation Bill, • he wiil move three additions' cKuiee, \ providing for the application of the Hare ' system to all eh otions m which more than one member is to be returned, and all siogle electorates when there are more • than two candidates. 1 The country members assert they are prepared to ci all night (o oar.-y the teoood reading of th v .Representation Bill, and now cl dim that- they have 64 votes m favor of the motion. At the request of the ' Premies thoie questions on hi Order Paper for to-day, asking for ihi ponstruoUou of various railways on 'he same terms aa those proposed tor the Ot ago Central Railway, weru postponed for a week. It Is said that tbe Premier If seriously struck with this idee, but that is very doubtfu . Owing to tbe late hour at which the discussion en the Otekaike run scan al wa» concluded, a number of other questions on the Order Paper were postponed. Upon tbe Hooso meeting this evening there was a very large attendance ot members m anticipation of the debate on the Representation Bill. Fully an hour, however, was cooopled with a heated discussion on a motion by the Premier that the House should meet on Monday evening for Government business. There was a feeling that this was an attempt to get another evening for tbe debate ov the Representation Bill should the debate not be concluded at the present sitting There was a scene between Sir G. Grey and the Speaker. Tbe former was discussing the question of the House meeting on Monday, and being |pulled up by the Speaker for golDg outside the motion, someone suggested he should move the adjournment of the Home. The Speaker wtr.ied Sir G. Grey that he oould not move the adjournment of the House, and waa sorry that he should be trapped into making such an amendment. Sit G. Grey Indignantly complained of the Speaker's using suoh a term to him. He had not been trapped. Mr Moss resented the re mirk If It Imputed to him. He bad no intention of trapping Sir G. Grey. Tbe latter then turned to tbe Speaker, and told him it wes not becoming of him to address snob terms to any member of the House. The Speaker replied" (hat there was a proper method of challenging his oonduot, and he would permit no further discussion, and would, if neoessary, enforce his authorlty and the dignity of the chair. Sir G. Grey retorted, " It Is not what others say that takes away from the dignity of tho ohalr { It Is not the speech made by | others." This waa said m a very significant tone, but the matter (hep dropped. The motion for the meeting of the House on Monday w»» agreed to. Mt Allen, la a logical speeoh of over ao hour's dura* ion, returned the debate on the Representation BUL Mr J. 0. Brown Is urg'ng Government to appoint a Uinintei of Agriculture. A retnrn Is to be asked for showing the ., amount of rates now due under the. Diertiofc Railways Purchasing Act, showing separately the amount due on each railway, the names of the defaulters, and the amount due by each. Government have promised Mpjor Steward that provision will be made for reaoqnlring aooess to the Waltakl and othar livers m oases where tbe frontage has been allowed to pass Into private hands. The "quota" debate was oarrled on m an empty house and without Incident till ten minutes past twelve, when an arrange • merit having been arrived at m the lobby the debato was adjourned till Monday evening and the House rose; Wkllhtoton, July 20 It is rumored that there is a probability of Sir John Hall joining, the Cabinet. The Minister of Lands has drafted a new clause for the Patents and Trades Marks Bill, providing that no frade marks Bbatt be registered for artificial manures manufactured m the ooloDy unlesa accompanied by a ohemioal analysts setting forth the component parts of the substance of suoh manures, and that a copy of the analysis, should the manures be for sale or exportation be endorsed or affixed to every box oi other psroel of manure to which the trade markatttsohed. Notwithstanding tbe rum rs cf stonewalling the seoond reading of the Representation Bill is likely to be agreed to without much obstruction. The stonewalling will, It U understood, be reserved for the Committee, and a number of amendments are now being prepared by town members with a view to prolonging the proceedings. There al ready is a lengthy amendment on the supplementary order paper, tabbed by Ifr O'Connor, to which I bave previously rtrfetred. Dr Fitohstt ha« another |miodH|Bok jrfefefa pio?|d» tb»t thi ft

per oeut reduction on the oi*y population shall apply to all borough and towD distrlots. Government B»y they can oto h any ayst* ma !c| bti c. ion eft ad to the BUI m Oommilt»e, but m the ADaenoc of any oloture rules It Is hard to see how they oan do anything. The «• San Franoisoo Bulletin," referring to the San Franoisoo service, say?: — "The increase of a service to twioe a month would undoubtedly prove valuable to commercial interests. It would not, however, be worth a concession whioh has been suggested m the columns of the Australian press. That is a I proposition to trade a colonial subsidy for freetrade. It has been suggested that New South Wales might find a profit by undertaking, Bingla handed, to maintain a San Franoisoo mail servioe, provided the United States Government would admit New South Wales coal, wood, etc, free of duty. Quite likely; but the United States is not ready to abandon, m whole or m part, the system whioh has built up its industries for the sake of estab lishing a mail line to any part of the world. It could better afford to maintain the line itself for the advantage of American steam commerce m the Paofio."

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2178, 20 July 1889

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