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(From our own Correspondent,)

Wellington, August 29 AGJHOOLEUIUL EDUCATION \ Mr Msrohant la urging the Government to have * book on practical f«v.nin;{ complied for usa m pabllo eobooli, FORESTRY. ( Mr O»rroll is moving In the direction 1 ef rem ttlag tbe Property T»x on ell l*ods planted with forest trees, with a view to ih) onouragement of forestry. IiEPROSY, At a rncent meeting of tbe Central Biard of Health lv Melbourne, some reports on leprosy wero toad from which It Appeared tb*fc New Zealand was one of thg worst i ffl o'.nd countries In the world. Mr Joyoa is directing tbe attention of the Premier to this statement, and wants him to d my it officially. WARD OHMBTIB HISLOr. In oonacqaenoe of the decision of the Committee thit Hislop ihonld be allowed to pat In a written statement m reply to the memo of Judge Ward the report of lhe Ward -Christie Committee (Legislative Oounoil) is not llfeely to be brought np before Friday. The rrport of tbe Pabllo Petition eommlttee to-day ont he Cbrlatle ptitloni oonfi<-msthe anmour that the judge will come very well oat of tbe enquiry Instituted by the Ooaaoll. la referenoe to to-days report I learn that there war a pretty strong expression of opinion on the part of some members of the Committee that the report should oontalu some expression of regret that by • technical mistake In the warrant Christie has esoaped imprisonment, but this was over-rnled by the majority. BOOIJI. The members of the Legislative Conn- i oil will entertain bis Excellency the Governor, Sir Maarlce O'Borke, Major Oampbel', the members of the Government and the leader of the Opposition, at dinner In the Oonnoll Chamber on Saturday evening. The oooaslon Is meant to convey a ireloome to the colony to his Bxoellenoy from' the Legislative Oonnoll. OIBOULAR POSTAGE. The Postmaster-General has promised to oonslder Mr Feldwlck's suggestion for allowing valuation and rate notices of local bodies to pass through the post In open envelopes, and circulars at the halfpenny rate. ▲ MINI WO APMiUNOE, It appears that "plush" or Imitation sealskin Is largely used by miners for the purposes of gold saving. On this ground Mr R. Re' vos asked the Commissioner of Customs to allow that material to be admitted free of duty. Sir B. Atkinson, however, said heoonld not agree to the request, as the material was largely used for other purposes; CHINESE RESTRICTION, The Oilnese Restriction BUI was read a second time In the Oounoil to-day. Tha Bill (0 a transcript of the BUI passed last year, which was only a temporary measure, and the objeot of the present Bill Is simply to make last year's temporary legislation permanent. WESTERN AUSTRALIA. The Premier to-day moved for the appointment of a So'.eot Oommlttee to enquire and report In three days wha^ steps it Is desirable to take to assist In establishing responsible government m Western Australia. The motion was agreed to. Wellington, August SO. LOCAL BILLS. In order to give looal Bills a chance of getting through this session tha Premier has proposed that all looal Bills be referred to the Looal Bills Oommlttee to report as to which Bills shall be allowed *o proceed this so&sion, It being under* stood that if any notice of opposition to any particular Bill be given to tbe Com cnlttee, th»t BUI shall ba drjpped. If, on the other hind, no notloo of opposition Is given the BUI may proofed. It Is Intended to Bit at 2 30 on Monday, and the whole of Monday's sitting will probably be devoted to looal Bllte. TRUST FUNDS. The House this afternoon has been 00---oupled In debating \hi motion for the adoption of the recommendations of the Pabllo Account* Commit! oe which were as follows ;— (1) '• That the power of Investing iho moneys belonging to tbe Post Offioe Swings Bank shall be placed m the hands of a board, and that the Government be requested to bring In a Bill this session to give effeot to this resolution;"' (2) ''That In tbe opinion of this oommlttee no loan should be made out of the trust funds, the Post Offioe Savluga B»nk funds, or tbe public debt sinking funds upon any other than securities of tbe colony of New Zealand, or other Government securities, or by way of loan under tbe Loans to Looal Bodies Act, or upon bank deposit securities, and that thero shall always be at least one third of the amount to the orodit of the Post Offioe Sivlogs Bank accoant Invested In New Zmland Government securities, the interest 00 which is payable In London, and that nuob seocrltles be deposited m London to be used m oaae of =an> possible fiaanolal emergency In the colony," There was ra'her a painfal eoone for a few moments when Mr 'Curnbn 1 .), referring to the tone of Mr Hislop's remarks to members during the disousston, advised him to be more courteous, and warned him that If he did improve his manners the House nould refuse to transaot any Government business with whloh he had anything to do. The faoe of the Colonial Secretary during tbla leoture was a picture. Sir M. O'ftorfce is cut of soits to-day, and Mr EUtnUn is aoting as Speaker. BSER DUTIES. The difficulties which brewers and publicans have to contend with In consequence of the stringency of the Beer Duties wrs brought under the notice of tbe j Government to-day by Mr Seddoo, who | made a number of suggestions whloh the Premier promised to consider. Mr Seddon wanted the Baer Tax abolished altogether, but the Premier eald he could not agree to that as he got revenue by that tax eaaler than by any other, and tbe tax would be Increaaod rather than abolished.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2213, 30 August 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2213, 30 August 1889