NOTES FROM HANSARD
GaMX LAWS. Mr Kerr said it was evident that the honorable gentlemen who had just sat down did not know maoh about the country. He said the native game did no barm to the crop? m Now Zealand. He had seen the paroquet, year after year, — An Hon Member. -They are not included. Mr Kere said he objected to the Bill m <ofo. Tbe small birds In the ooamry destroyed a third of the gross produce, and no man who sowed a orop, early or late, of oati had more than two-thirds of ' »f them left. An Hon. Momber. — Where are this oats Mr Eerr said if the honorable gentleman came his way he would show him whera they could grow oati, and where they had millions of birds to eat them. He bad been himself oalled oat of bed m the morning to see wheru seven acres had been eaten away by the birds m one morning . The corn was just coming oat of the ground at the time. He supposed the honorable gentleman would call that doing no harm. An hon Member — The smalL birds are not proteoted at all. Mr Kerr said quail was protected. A man went into the bush — a good, honest, hard-working man — and felled the bash, and sowed grass, and there was not a blade of grass left — the birds ate the whole of the seed. "What r ght had the Governmsnt to step m? They did not feed the quails. The Bill was for the sole purposes of Government offiolals and clerks who lived m towns and who wanted a day's holiday for shooting. He supposed the honorable gentleman would like also to pioteot deer. He could tell the honorable gentleman that farmers who lived at the bottom of the hills m his (Mr Keyre) part of the country had repeatedly come to him to ask him what they should do with the deer, as they had eaten seven or cig ht acres clean. He had told them he darsd not advise them what to do ; but he knew what he would do himself. There was quite enough of the game-laws m the Old Country ; and, m regard to preventing people from killing game on . their own land, he was not going to be ! dictated to by the House as to what he . should do with his own. J OTAGO INFLUENCE, ' Mr Orimmond. — The left lenoe of Otago ' has been very marked. First there was ' the appointment of the Ohief Commit- < ■loner of Kail ways, and then the appoint* . ment of a Judge, and then we found the ! Oolonlal Seoretary advooatlng the appointSlant of an Otago gentleman to an office ' for a term of five years. Then, we have had the vote for the Dunedin Exhibition ° —£10,000. That shows to some extent * tbe Influence of Otago. Now we are going * outside the polloy of the Government, and k the House Is asked to borrow £150,000 c fox the continuation of a railway which 8 has no* superior olslms to many other ° lines. * PPFKZSSXON. fc Mr T. Maokerz'e said the House had ' bid another discourse from the Auckland croakers. It was perfeotly rldloulons to ° say that the country was suffering under * depression at the present time. They bed " evidence of tbe most convincing nature * on every hand that tbe oountry wai pro- E iperous ; and If suoh members as tbe X honorable members for Parnell and * Auckland West were to restrain them- * selves a little, and not place suoh onrell- * ■ble statements before the oonntry, It * would be very much to the country's * •dmtsge. One reason why thece was ™ so much depression at Auokland was * owing to the crowding of great numbers ° Into the oity — more than the otty required. a ANIMALS FHOTFOTION. X Mr Marebant. — The great obJ9otlon ° appeared to htm to be that settlers and 8 those people whe suffered by the depre- * datlons of these birds had no voloe In the ° administration of the Aot. These things " were entirely managed by tbe aocllmatlsa- \ tlon sooietlpß. 1 d An Hon Member,— They fiad tbe t money. c Mr Msrohsnt said the honorable \ gentleman did not know what he was \ talking about. They did nothing of the * sort. Very little mosey osme out of their ' pockets. They imposed gMne-lloenieo, < and made other people pay them, and ' with the proceeds they dUoharged what ] they considered to be their doty. But, l beyond all that, they were building np c as fast SB they conld a system of game- 1 laws; and he deprecated that most 1 earnestly. They were by Act of Parlla- « ment oreating offences whloh wera not ] offences m reason or nature. * THE OTABO OBSXRAL LINE, \ Mr Fergus— lt has been said,— ' There Is a tide m the affairs of men | Whloh, taken at the flood, leads on to \ fortune. J There is also a tide In the affairs of young ° countries, and If It Is taken at the flood t It mast lead to prosparlty lam one of t those who believe that the tide In the I affairs of this oountry has come to the ' flood, and If we wish to take advantage of ( it we oan do so to our great benefit. ( Settlement, as we were told the other * night by the Minister of Lands, and as ' has been admitted by all the Press of tbe ' colony, never was progressing at a more • rapid or a more satisfactory rate than at the present time ; and here we have Inv ' mense areas of land fit for settlement and ' ready for occupation •we have not to dear ) It of timber, as is tbe case elsewhere ; we ' bave simply to pnt the plough In, to ' tlokfeit with the hoe, to btlng forth an ' abundant harvest, and we should not ' grudge the verj small amount required to ' make this line. • ;
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