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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

(FROM OUB OWN COEEMPONDBNT.I -■ ■ WKLiJOffITON, July 22. A haa been afoot for some time past In the direction of obtaining from the House a grant of land for the benefit of the family of the late Mr James MaoAndrew, and Mr J»i. Mill, has had the matter in hand and now informs me that having placed the matter before members, he believes a large majority it in favor rf eoma snoh eehem?, as the best means of Mcognblag the publio services of th? deceased gentleman. The two important measures whioh Maj.r Steward has oarried throogh the House of Representatives, theEJuoatLn-l Franchise Bdl, and the Triennial Licensing Billy are understood to have very good chanoes of getting through the Upper Chamber. They will be respectively taken oharge of by tbe Hon Geotge MoLean and the Hon. Mr Shrlmakl. A meeting of Olty members was held this morning to discuss ihe position with reference tothe Representation Bill. It waa decided to continue the debate, and that all tbe Olty members should speak on the motion for the second reading. Ihe Olty -members ■ count on- tw enty-t wo m the actual number tbey can depend i opon. - V - •-° ; in eonaequenca of a olreular addressed to members asking their co-operation at a meeting to-night to arrange a reception for the Irish delegate*, a oonnter circular has been drawn up by Sir Jobn Hall and Mr Hobbs setting before members the inadvlsablenees of any aotion oaloulated to show sympathy with the perpetuation of either of the national differ eroee agitating the old oountry on the subjeot of Home Bale. C . '! I.?: :. : Sir H, Atkinson deules the troth of the rumor ihet at next election be will ooctest Wellington olty. A lengthy discussion took place this evening on the question of breach of privilege, byTtoe publication this morning by the "New Zealand Times," of what purported to be a eummary of the oocresSudehce between Judge Ward and the Inlster of Justice and Colonial Seoretary on the Christie case. The whole affair was a storm in a teapot, and there was juat a soap clon that tbe discussion was prolonged in the interests of the city mejabets, who were not anxious for tbe debate on the Representation Bill to come on. •-!■:•„ <-.■-.. Members and Ministers se'z^d tbe opportunity: to attaok certain speolal correspondents who are also members of tbe House, and to give a word to the humble press man who alts aloft in the gallery, and who aooording to Ministers does hie work with a fairness that does not characterise the work of special correspondents who ait ln the House. Mr Fargoa was very severe on Mr W. P. Reeves.and Dr Fltohett ln this Connection. There was a general opinion exprtsstd tha 1 a wrong bad bef n done, and tbat the news paper had exhibited great bias against Judge Ward ln the compilation of the artlele-^Mi Flah bad moved that the article Be read, and tbe discussion lasted nearly two hourr, but the motion was at 8.80 negatived on the voloes, aod the House proceeded with tbe debate on the •eeoud reading of the Representation BUI. Wjclukgton, July 23 The debate on tbe Representation Bill onlylaaledan hour after the disposal of the B.eaenof Prlvelege ques lon, when it was again ad journed till to-morrow, The extra sitting was thus again a demonstrated feroe. Paring the dlsouiilob on the question of alleged Breach of Privilege In the ; publication of the Ward-Hlslop oorres pondeiie>, the Colonial Treasurer was •bient from the chamber and the faot la exolttng.a £ood deal of comment in the lobbies, Mr fllaiop has not shown muoh taot in ithe House this session and has given a flood deal of offence to own aide of the Honse in the, attitude he has aaanmsd towards other members, and the opinion is expressed that he was kept out of the chamber by the Premier In order tbat he might not precipitate a quarrel Mr C. x. O Connor is mentioned as a probable successor to Mr Batkln, Assistant Controller General, who is anxious to retire from the publio service. Yesterday a rnmor was very bnsy with the names of Ministers who, It was alleged, were preparing to resign over the WardHialop affair, That, however, I know to be quite untrue, but believe there ate very serious differences In the Cabinet over the matter wblch some members believe may lead to a rupture. The Ministry are ln a very akward position over the representation question, aud when that question is disposed of there is np saying what may happen. It-fs asserted that when the country members have got all they want party Hues may be defined and that the result may be dlB-.*l*ous to tbe Government. A number of olty members would join Inan adverse rote against Government. It Is stated this morning that Messrs Wltby and Goldie have intimated that tbelr support may no longer be relied on by Government. |

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2180, 23 July 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2180, 23 July 1889

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