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I (From our ows Correspondent,) Wellington, August 20 Mr Ballonce has a notice of amendment to the motion forcommittal of Properly Tax Bill m tbo direotion of Inserting a now clause exempting agricultural improvements from taxation up to iho limit of two thousand pounds, The Premier will probably make a statement aa to the order of business for tie remainder of the session, of course ' intimating at the same time what measures Goverumeot feel inclined to proceed with . Ministers feel very anxious to get through their business and prorogue Parliament, recognising that m the present demoralised state oC the House they oannot expect to get any real work out of metLbars. In committee on the Fire and Marine Insuranoa Companies Bill last night, Mr Feldwiok moved an important amendment as follows :— " Notwithstanding tnytblog to the contrary expressed m any contract of insurance on any suit for recovery of i ha snm representing an indemnity m respect of the amount insured, no defence shall be allowed to^ bo good unlobs such defence shall involve fraud on the part of the insured. " In brief and plain language, tbiß olans') is intended to cure an evil which exists, and to compel In saranc9 Companies to pay over the full | amount on which premiums are paid, except of c;irs3, io cases of fraud instead | of compr< mlsing with insarera for twothirds of amount really insured, for I understand this is a common practice. ACCUMULATED BUSINESS. Notwithstanding that a large number of members were absent from the House this afternoon, preferring the attractions of tha football field to legislative halls, and that consequently many of the questions on tbe order paper were postponed, it was a quarter past five before questions were disposed of to-day. This of coarse was due to the large number of questions which during the past three weeks have accumulated. TOO MOOH REPRESENTATION. It Is stated that New Zealand has toosedlted more commissioners to the Pails exhibition than there are from tbe whole of the United Slates, NO FRESH LEGISLATION, Government m reply to several questions to-day as to their Intentions Id the direotion of introducing legislation on varloas subjeots replied that they did not propose bringing In any more bills unless some urgent necessity for legislation m particular oases aroae. STRICT AVERAGE. The Government m reply to Mr Oowan to-day intimated that they reoognlsed that the computation of capitation allowance on the striot average attendance does net work out fairly m tho case of coun ry schools, although such schools are only affected Id directly. However, they think some cbange Is desirable, and will give the matter full consideration during the reoess. A SNUB, Tbe Premier was not to be drawn by Mr Tayler's question as to whether the vacanoy m the Oabintt is about to be filled up, and rather brusquely replied that as soon as they bad appointed a successor to the late Minister for Education they would announce the fact to the House. POSTAL NOTJSE}. It is intended to extend the benefits of tho postal note system, so that settlers residing at a distance from money order offices may purchase postal notes at all post offices m tho came way as postage stamps. At present I understand postal notes are only sold at money order offices. SPINNING AND WEAVING. It is the intention of the Government to oommunlcate with the Agent-General with a view to securing the services of women skilled m spinning and weaving wool and flax, m order that they may teach their handicraft to the women of the colony, PRISON MATTEBB. The proposal made by Mr Feld wick that letters forwarded by gaolers to relatives and friends of prisoners In the gaols of the Colony be enclosed la unofficial envelopes so that no porsona other than the addressees shall know that the letters have prooeeded from penal establishments is to be oarrled Into effeot. Government will also favorably oonalder a suggestion made by the member for loveroargill for the establishment of a Criminal Coqrt of Appeal. LIBRARIES. It Is to be regretted that m consequence of the fiaaaoltl oondltion of the Colony Government do not see their way to subsidise pabllo libraries this year. It { B probable that something will be done In this direotion next year. A aoheme is to bo formulated daring the recess at the suggestion of Mr Oowan for bringing teachers In State schools under tbe provisions of the Civil Servloe Reform Act, 1882, especially with regard I to retiring allowances. ' ; AUDITING, A BUI has been prepared whiob, It is hoped, will place tbe system of auditing the accounts of local bodies on a better footing than at present Government agree with Mr Valentine that I necessity exists for cheapening the coat of procedure m connection with obtaining probfcto of wills, and the matter Is to be considered during the tooaaa. LICBKSING INSPECTORS. If suitable person*! pi#. be found ln« apeotors will be *pp : n Yd outside tbe looal polioa forge uM** Jba Llcecilng Aot. WNBlf OH RAILWAY BMFLOTIKS. la reply to Mr Oowan to-day the Mlntitee flald that £1312 tit the end of 9f w& bad been f«QelYid m §nu la-

—————■—%, m ■■ -; ! posed on railway employees. & bill Is to be m trodaoed to provide that this fond should be applied to retiring alllowaof es for railway servants and for sick allow ancea and for oaaea of acoidento received i In the Hetvloe. THE ACE OX CONSENT. A BUI is to be Introdnoed providing for raising the age of consent. WELLINGTON, AagUßt 21. THE PROPERTY TAX BILL. It Is understood that the Property Tax BUI will not be proceeded with today ; Indeed, assurances of Ministers to the contrary notwithstanding, It Is understood that the Bill will not be proceeded with any furthar this session. It om ba brought on again later In the sees'on for the sake of appearances, bat nobody now expects to see it advanced to a further stage. TRUST FUNDS. The Public Aooounta Chmmlttee hava .aariled a motion to the efloot that la fntare the Investment of trust fands and savings banks deposits shall be controlled by a board lnotead of by Government. BLEOTOBAL An attempt is being made to get ■ olanse Inserted In one o! the Electoral Bills In the direction of upsetting the present systenrof holding all alleotiom on one day, the objaot being to defeat the one man one vo c prlnolple contained la the new Representation Bill, and member! are being sounded aa to their vlewi on the snbjdot. Tha leader of the Opposition will not agree to the proposal and nothing more may be heard of the suggestion

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2205, 21 August 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2205, 21 August 1889