(Fkoh on a own Correbpondbht.)
WELLINGTON, August 14 OBDCB OP BUSINESS
After «ome objections raised by Sir George Grey, Mr Billmoe, tnd others, who protested against the rights of private membe-s being Interfered witb, the Premier's motion tb»t Government business t»ke precedence on Thursdays was carried by 39 to 22. There are dow do less than 76 notices of questions on the order paper of the Home, and the Premier has promts :d to consider a anggesftlpn that a morning kitting be held for the purpose of answering this large aoenmnlatlon of questions, and also another suggestion that queries should be answered la writing.
la theHoaie this afternoon the Premier made a statement to the effect that the GoTernment h«d agreed in U7glng that reiponstble government be granted to Western Australia. Qhiy did not think, however, that the northern part of Australia should ba handed over to the new ' Colony, holding strorgly that those lands which never oouli be occupied by Earopeaos shmM ba governed by either * Federal Oooncll cr a sepvrate Government, MNANCIAL DEBATE The debate on the second reading of the Property Tax BIU wts te^amei by Air Blake, the others speaking being Messrs B*mael, Kerr and Goldlo. The proceedings, as may be judged from tbe speakers, Were very drory. :
f>AILY COST OV PAEUiMBNTAocoiding to s return ordered by the
iltKio on tha motion of Major htcwar' f e <la??y C'-at of the silting of Parliament la £32 7 ■* 111.
Dr Hodgkin-on haa given notice to etk t v ie Premies? whether ths Government will inshrnot tha Agent- General to make Inquiries fhrongh the British Oon6ul in Ncrwiy with a vu-w to provide for the emigra i->n from tint cnun'ry to New Z'V.hnd of a few w> men Bkilled in spin nine: arc! weavnq; wo)l find fl^Xj unrt whether they will give froe or assid'ed. pasaa es to a few of arch exparis and pkee tbom io suitable proruiass <vhoro ibey may h^.ve ! >n oppoctanity of teaching ;heir handicraft to tho wonv.n oO tho Colony. *
THE FINANCIAL DEBATE,
Eveni 1 g
Tie debate on tbe Property Tax and Financial Statement is still dragging its alow lengih aloner, preaamab'y with avew to obtaining a definite and certain majority for the Government. Tbe Blatemeuis current last night and ti;ia morning that the Government bad a majority of five aod seven is now denied, and the Govrumeat whip will now only give four as his majority, The division will be olose. and if every man vote aooording to his honest convict : on tho Government will be in a minority. Several members pledged to the abolition of tbe Property Tax have now dec'ded to vote with tho Government to keep them in office instead of walking oat as they had intended. It is generally understood that tho division will not be taken till Thursday night. The speakers to-night have been Dr Newnvin, MrW. P. Beeves and MrT. Mackenzie, and at the conclusion of an »ble speech in defence of the Property Tax by the lnst named the Honso adjourned at 10.40.
Wellington, Aagoat 15 THE NO CONFIDENCE DEB&TB.
The situation is unchanged ; both ■Idea olaim a majority. It la said that the Government ara buying votes, under promises of sending members uncertain of re-election to the Upper House. Another rumo» is abroad that one of tbe Dunedln members has been squared t-y being promised a seat in the Cabinet after tbe session. Mfnisters deny that Mr Oonolly has been appointed aJndge, but this is regarded n* diplomatic as the appointment may influence a vote.
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