EXTRACTS FROM HANSARD
DI&TREBB IN AXJOXLAND. Mir GoldU— When the Ptomjer told him tbst no ibid neid starve m; the colony be evidently did not: know the condition of things In Anoklancj, Since he (Me Goldle) had been m "Wellington be had letajjlved a telegram (com the Mayor of Aookland, who stated thai there ware eighty-two men employed by the Olty Oounoll In stone-breaking, and th»t still • camber of able-bodied men needed work. He, bad atiked the Government for assistance, and had fouod that. all they were prepared to grant was a miserable £300. Tbat did not look aa If tSlngi had mach Improved. If farther p*rof were were needed It was found m the faot that for an appointment of £75 • year there were forty-saven applicant!, and when the Board of Bduoatlon wanted a peraon it £1 a week there was fifty-seven applicants. There were Boores of men la Auckland who could get no employment and were almost starving, and yet while this was so the House were increasing salaries of £445. It was no credit to the Houna or to the Government to be making such a proposal to the Home. INSUBINOB COMPANIES' BILL. Hon Dr Pollen— The principle contained m it, as he understood It, was one that would alter altogether radically the security which companies engaged In the business of fiee and marine lnsnranoa at present offered, which now was unlimited. We were, In this oolony, la a very peculiar position m reepeot to rlik« of fire. We lived for the most part In oities built of wood, and li was not at all Inconceivable that, on a very small eoale In oomparlson with Chicago, a disaster of tbat kind might occur In the oolony. In this particular olty of Wellington, windy plaoe as it was, and although provided with a water supply and other precautions, an ocourrenoe of that kind might arise, when not merely one or two dwellings might ba destroyed, but when the whole. olty might be swept away. Ho wanted to know if a capital of £50,000 on the part of an lnauranoe company would cover a possible legs m that case ? Ho held that It would not. QUALIFICATION OF VOTKEB. Mr Hialop : The elector's right is issued having the person's name signed, and It la intended m this way to pheok his right to vote. The returning officer may oall upon the person presenting the right to sign hla name In his presence, if his right Is questioned. In that way there is an effectual oheok agalnßt personation) An Hoa Member: How about those who cannot write? Mr Hlslop I They cannot be put on the roll. It la intended, of oonrae, that there should be a qualification of electors, Aa Hon Member ; Reading and writing ? Mr Hlslop ? The applfoaat writing his DIStQ, MANNEBB ! Dr Newman wanted to know when tbe oolony would be called upon to pay the £20,000 for the armed frigates that were coming out. Mr Fergus: Whan we get them, Dr Newman Raid if that was the way a Minister of Grown was goißg to answer questions, all decency and order would bo at an end. He had asked a simple question, and not only bo but the oountry had a right to a reasonable answer., Mr Forgus said that at present there wia no possibility, so far as he understood, of their being ready that year. Ministers had no Information on the mattor. Tbe hon geutleman had as much information as iheG vernmeot had.
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