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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES.

(Pbom our owat Correspondent.) Wellington. Anenst 16. In response to Mr Harkneaa' request j Ust night to withdraw his amoadtnont on ths Pr< party Tx Hill m favor of his o*n Mr Mosi) has written to tha r uentli man hia ovrn views. He d'd not wish to appear oven to dictate the future finance of t c olony when not und r r Fponsibi'ity ; his only object was to get en authoritative condemn tion of an obnoxious tax. Ofini ns won Id vary an to what eh >uld f >How, but thy could then be eubmittf.d to Paliamen* for consideration. Stillif vfr H»rkn<vs h°.d obtained or would obtain an asuaoce from Ministers that they would adopt, his aunrdm^ut for a ». and and Inoome I', x Mr M 88 would .'oneult the fr ands who w^re supporting him. Without nuoh an a«-urance ha feared they wood be both entangled, and oeither of nem/do any good. The iltn tion remans about the ssrae, and it m exceedingly diffiou't to make any reliable forecast of the division* Meetings of various secMon* o* the Bouse have b.on he'd without the isrue being made much clearer, and cwrrary minors are let afl iat almost simulf"n«oun I y. The freetrade party, or •'middle pnr y " aa tfiey, ire oa led, reiolved "That ioaßmUoh ac ihe abolition of tbo Property Tat might m the present financial condition of the colony ADtail a further increase of Customs duMei it li not desirab'e that the froetrade pait r ih'ould support the amendment of the member for Parnell." it is expectud that this decioloa will maVe a difference of tbree or four votes m favor of tho Government, but at the same time the whole f reetrade par'y wili not obey the edict of 'h9 meeting. An opinion now obtains that the division will be tak«n la c to-night. PKOBPBCTIKO SUBSIDIES, ' At ft meeting of the Golt fields Oommittee the following reiolution wis pa.Be^ I:^—1 :^— " That m tha opinion of this, Committee it is deelrable that a ruba'dy of £ for £bo given by the QovjSrnmeot m ( ad of proßpeotlnfr for gold upon monies expended by o>unty Ooanoib, prospecting .aflSociations or private parties, provided > uch prospecting by .associations or private parties ehkU be approved by tho 100 U authorities ; tho Mini(t j r to be asked to make provision for the subsidy m th: ; supplementary es." : mate<. ' THB fINANOIAL DEBATK. MM^OPPi' ff g! | gfffy'*Bneral'y known ' oarly m the evening that Goveroment bad a majority of four or five, and then of course little Interett was f e t in the proo^ediogs, and members watted Impatiently for the division. A. number rf memborv, however, had to speak m expUna'fon of tbo votes they intending giving, and this occupied until about a quarter past one when admtst a good dral of excitement the division was taken on the question that the seoond reading of the B»il lUnl part of the qaeition with the following resch :— Ayen, 37 — Alles, Atkinson, Baohanan, Or.rroll, Cowan, Dod*on v Fergua, Falton, Grsbam. Hall, HumUn, Harknesp, Hiilop, Hobbs, Humphrey, Jackson, McArthur, McKerele (Ontha), Marchant, RfoGregor, Mill?, Mltohelson, Mott, O'Connor, Rhodes, Russell, Samuel, Ross, Saundera, Seymour, Dowule Btew»rt, Btu*rt Mententb, Talpua, Tanner, R Thompson, Valentine and Wilson. Noss, 33— Balance, Barron, Bl«k', Brown, Buxton, Oadm«n, Du»o»n, Feldwlek, F-aher, Fitchett, Fraaor, Goldle, Hatchtson, Joyce, L*noe, Lnraaoh, Lanty, Loughrey, J, MVKeDBIe (Walhemo),Mook, Mots, Fsrata. PeroavaU R. H. J. Reeves, Beidon, Bm' h W. J. steward, T-.U---barga, T«ylor, T. Thompson (Auckland Ft.' b), Varrall, Walker, Ward. p a l rE — For: Ocmond, F.ah, Braco, Pvk», AndarßOD, Hodgklnsor, Sot Is McKsnisle, G. F. BlohardßOa, J. B. Whyte, Izwd.NfiwmsD. Ag»tnst : Kelly, Withy, Kerr, Vi z^erbert, R. Riohardsou, 1 Sir G. Grey, Grlmmond, Golonees, Turnball, Joues, W. P R^svo 1 . The teoond reading was curled en the voice?. Mr Fisher expressed lifs determlra'l m to carefully witch how Mr Htrkncss, who bad given notice of an amendment In favor ofga 'andandino me i»x, yet votel with Goverament nn thia ooonaion, acted next week. It happens Mr 3ec!don has given notice of a somewhat similar aniPnJrnant. Mr Tnrnbnll stated if a motion is mide by Mr Bnrkoesa, he balk of the Opposition «1U *a^k out of the House to show their opinion of his conduct, but If it be made by Mr Seddon they will give it tJielt utmost support

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2202, 17 August 1889

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