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(From oub own Correspondent,)

Wellington, August 27. no confidence ! Mr Pyke, thia afternoon, gave notioe to move on Thursday that " this House has no confidence m the leader of the Opposition." The Sp3akcr intimated that be could not aooept suoh a motion. IMMIGRATION. It Ib the intention of the Government to placa upon the Supplementary Estimates a sum of money to provide for the assisted immigration cf young people the brothers and s'stera of persons resident In the oolony, TRUST PONDS. The Publio Accounts Oommlttee have reported In theia opinion, the Investment of trust funds should ba controlled by a board, and not by the Government. It la understood tbat the Premier haß agreed to thla, the Oommlttee being unanimous on tbe aubjaot. The report ia to be considered by tha House to-morrow. THE MIDLAND RAILWAY TRUSTEESHIP. Ki'p'ylng to a question put by Mr Hobbs the Mlnlater for Publio Works, Baid that an Important oablegram had been received from the Aqent'General sta Ing that be bad deollned to act aa a trustee foe the Midland Railway Com-

P-UVILEGtS. Mr Thompson, member for Mareden, brought up a question of privilege to-day. Toe «• New Zaaland Times " this morning stated that Mr Thompson had yesterday promiaed at a meeting of the supporters ; of the Otago Central Railway that he ' wonld support the Otago members m their efforts to gel their line, if they would support the Pubipuhi Forest Tramway. Mr Thompson denied this, and said he merely stated at the mee'iog that he had { only supported tbo Oiago Central as one of the polioy meaßureß of Government, and would atill tmppoit it if other works considered as policy proposals of the Government were proceeded with. If, however, the other proposals were t") bo aband oned he could not any longer support the Otago Central. He wanted the House to compel the proprietor of the piper to give the name of their informant, but the House gave an unmietakeablo expression of dissent.- Several Otago membirs corroborated Mr Thompson's statement, but there was a very evident impression that Mr Thompson's exp'anat'on and what tbe paper had ea'd conßtitnt.d a diutlnotion withont very muoh difference, and nothing wai done m th. ma* ter. BUSINESS DONBI The House thia aftemoou was ocoupied with questions and several small Billc. The Publio Worka Aot Amendment Bill, and the North Island Main Trunk Railway BUI (which merely provides for apart a Bum of money from the North ; Mand Trunk Railway loan for the purohase of Native lands along tbe line of | raiiw»y, a certain amount of the land ( to be set apart for the purposes of [ primary education) were read a second i time. THB ESriMATBS. Although the Estimates have been , under oonalderatton since ten o'olook, no . progress haa been made. The olass taken • waa tbe Gu.tome, and an amendment was . Immediately moved to reduce the vote by i £200 as a protest against appointing Mr ) Shannon, There waa a pretty lengthy i discussion on thia item, and then Mr Fish 1 and the Premier got to loggerheads over the salary paid the Oolleotor of Customs | at Dunedin, who It appears receives loss than the oolleotorg at other large porta. [ Then Mr Fiah oommenoed, out of revenge, to obstruot, and is dividing the House on every Item, to the Intense disgust of everyone. The whole proceedings are too contemptible to deaerve mention, and the action of the member for Dunedin Sooth Is only that of au enraged buffoon. Augoit 28. After the telegraph offioe closed thla morning Mr F.ah oontlnued hla obatruo tive taotloa, and cut of bravado moved to reduoe an item, six landing waiters Dunedin, by £32&. He afterwards desired to withdraw (he amendment, but a division was oalled for m order to foroe Mr Fish to vote for hla amendment to reduoe the salaries of offioers In his own 1 district, or to -go** against his own' amendment. Mr Fish deolded that It would ba better for him to stultify hJmielf than to offend anyone m hla own diatriot, and taking shelter behind some explanation made by the Premlor he votad against the amendment he bad himself moved. Only t<ro voted for the amendment. Mr Fish uext moved to reduoe the aalary of tha oolleotor at Oamaru, but as the Houae sgtln deolded against blm by an overwhelming majority he apparently determined to from further obstruction, exhausted with his own folly. At half-past two Mr McKeozle's amendment to reduce the vote by £200 aa a protest against the appofntmeat of Mr Shannon aa Customs expert was put and lost by 23 to 12. A lengthy dlsoussloD arose on the Marine vote, strong exoep^lon being taken to the salary paid to Captain Falrohlld, £500 a year. It was stated during the discussion Union Company reoelved more than £350 a year and Mr Kerr moved to rednoe tha vote by £150 a year. There was considerable discussion on this amendment a_d ultimately the Frlomler agreed to aooept a reduotlon by £50, an 3 Mr Kerr withdrew his amendment. The votes for Govercmant insurance department and publio trust offioe were theu passed without discussion and tho House rose at a quarter past three-

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2211, 28 August 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2211, 28 August 1889