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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

(PJSR PBKSS ASSOCIATION.) Wellington, September 14 WBSTEUN ATJSTBALIA. The Houee met at 10.30 a.m. The Speaker read a letter from the Speaker of the legislative Council of Western Australia, thauking the Parliaments of Now Zealand and tUe other oolouies for their efforts to obtain responsible government for tbat colony. On Hit H. Atkinson's motion a resolution was pasßed acknowledging the Speaker's letter and expressing a hope that responsible Government would be granted to Western Australia at next session of the Imperial Parliament, BILLS* The Hoepltale and Charitable loatitu t : onsBill was further considered m Committee. The abort title was aitered to tiio BequisuVons Validation Bill to enabe local bodies to makerequeßitionsin certain cases. Tbe Bill was -read a third time and passed. The amendments recommended by the Governor m the Nurtb. Island Tionk Railway Bill were agreed to. Sir H. Atkinson moved the second reading of the Bating Act Amendment Bill to exempt schools within borougns from rates, He said he Intended woviDg In Committee to reinsert the clause providing for the exemption of Friendly Soolellea' lodge-rooma from ta'.es which was struck oat by tbe Legislative Oounol'. Mr Flab opposed the Bill at some length and moved It be read that day fortnight. After a long discussion the aeoond readIng was carried by 33 to 29, and the House roße at 1 o'clock. LAND CLAIMS. In the Legislative Oounoii the Naval and Military Settlers and Volunteers Land Claims Bill paused through Oommtltae, was read » third time and passed. OONFEEBNOB. Messrs Millar, MeLenn and Pharezyn were appointed managers to 1 confer with the managers of the other House on tbe amendments mada In Ihe Selectors Land Re valuation Bill. A free oocfoteuoe was appointed to 'consider the amendments made by the House of Representatives m the L»nd Transfer Act Amendment B'll. (FROM OUB OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Wellington, Septembor 14, HOSPITALS AND CHARITABLE INSTTCUTIONS The Hospitals BUI about which there was ao much trouble yesterday waa passed this morning upon the understanding that the tltlo be altered so that members be saved the ooneoqaenoos of agreeing to rrotlfy hospital grievances at Hokitlka without getting their local grievances redressed. TRAVELLING EXPENSES Mr Flatter moved tbe adjournment of tho House to-day to explain tbe reason that he h»d Inourrod heavy travelling expenses during last year. He ea'd he weot to Victoria at the Invitation of the iVlinlster of Education. A rather warm diacuaalon followed. RAILWAY MATTEBS. The Railway Oorcmlaßiouorß are considering the question of placing nil railways on a uniform footing and abolishing differential ra*log on what ara novr oonstdered branch lines or district railways. Ia compliance with the views of a deputation whioh recently waited on them they will probably agree to diapontlnpe tbe practice hitherto m vogue of charging excess on all grain over four bushels In i sacks. Later. a singular petition. A remarkable petition < f Ida Priuoe, who alleged that a letter containing her Government bank 000k had been opened without her permission, by the wife of Mr Rn*e, Innpeotor of Post Offices, was repotted on to-day, the Publio Petitions Committee saying that the allegations were not sustained, and the petitioner had no ground of complaint. The Committee exonerate all posUl offiola's and state that Mrs Rose w»s aotuated by benevolent motives and solely m tbe petitioner's Intereats. Tbe report ban not glveu universal satisfaction, and after some dlsoußßion on the subject this afternoon, the report wag ordertd tp l|a on the table. Several members Intend to make another effort to get the report oonßldered on Monday. RATING ACT. The Rating Aot Amendment Bill whioh proposed to exempt pobllo boHoolb and roomn used by friendly societies na lodges, from the operations of the Aot, was killed this nfternrou on the motion to commit the Bill. PROPERTY TAX. Tho Property Tax Bill was passed through several ettges. Mr Barron attempted to arrest the Bill on an amendment to reduce tbe tax by one farthing. As It was shown this would upset all the finanolal arrangements already agreed to by the Home the amendment waa negatived by 36 to 18. THE LATE JAMES MACANDREW. On th<3 motion of Mr Larnnoh andafler Messrs John MoKongio, Bruca, Mills, and Ballance had spoken m support of the proposal, tho House agreed to vote #2000 to tho family of the late J imea Macaudrow A LITTLE JOKB. Mr HnmMn h<s iz'ven notice to move thnt "ext Besslon Parliament be held at I'unedin to give members an opportunity of vis ting the exhibition. This ia if course th > Chairman's little joko. t DISSOLUTION. Mr fy>m\)oa moved his amendment In favor of an e.arly dissolution of Parliament, but the debate was Interrupted by the 5 30 adjournment. MILITARY LAND OLAIM3. The House has agreed with the emendments mado by tho GoudcH m the Naval and Military Settlers Land Claims Bill.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2227, 16 September 1889

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