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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES

(PMK PBJESB ASSOCIATION.)

I __, ' , , ,- J Wblungton, September 16 I WAYS _.vD MEANS, | In Oommittee of W&ya und Means, the jj amounts voted by tho Oommtttee of Supply | f'<r the servient* for the year ending Matoh 31, 1890, were agreed to, reported to tha House and agreed to, and ] leavo ti'ven to tbe Premier and the Minis* I tee of P.blic Worka t> bring In Bills to | give effeot to these res-iiutiona, BILLS

i^f-Mc Fergus moved th*t tha amt-ndannts made by tho Legislative* Council in the Requisitions Validation B:ll bs agreed to. Oarrlad on the voices. The Legislative Oonnoil met at 11 a.m. A mo-saga w&_ reoeived fr.im the Governor containing Bills p«Bsed by the Legislature. The Requisitions Validation Bill was re-d a third time a id passed. | Tne amendments mi-d-* by the Home of Representatives lu tho Native. Land Oourt Bill were considered aud agreed to. The Oounoll adjourned at 12.15 till 2*_o p.m. IHB CABINET, It is rumored tba*. there will be an almost entire reconstruction of tba Cabinet almost immediatjly, and that thi-i hae* been rendered ueoaas.irj by tbe contemplated retirement of Sir F, Whltaker and Me Fergus. Another ruunr is to ths effeot that the Government Intend briuglog in a Bill next session to extend the duration of Parliament till after the census has been taken In 1891. Ii ia understood that Government have agreed to this oourse at tbe earnest solicitation of the North Island members, who hops in tho progress of settlement which Is taking plaoe to aeoura several more members for the North Island. RAILWAY EMPLOYEES' INBUBANOB . Theue is a good deal of opposition to the proposal contained ln the Railways Employees' Insurance Bdl to the effeot that deductions be made from . the wages of employees for the purpose of oreattng an Insaranoe fund, and I understand the Government have no intention of pressing the scheme (whloh was devised by the Railway Commissioners). DISSOLUTION. There Is an Impression abroad thai' tho division on Mr Ballance's amendment on Saturday night was not properly taken, as it Is said two Opposition members were not accounted for. All through the session there have been great complaints at tha way ln wbioh divisions have been taken, and It Is known tbat In several oases the division lists have not been properly checked It is with the greatest dlffiaulty that members can be induced to go into tbe lobby, and to this cause is attributable a good deal of tbe dissatlsf aotion now existing. Next session lt is probable that check tollers will be appointed to act fot the Opposition, and no doubt tbe Government party will follow suit. THS HMD. The debate on the Appropriation Bill was not of a very exciting obaraqter; Mt Ballanoe made an exceedingly able and temper »t* speech, and Sir Harry Atkinson's reply only lasted a few minutes. All tho business was then oyer excepting tbe adjustment of differences between the Legislative Oounoll and ths Houae on the amendments mode in tho Land Transfei Btllj aud the House adjuthed from time to time whilst the conference of the managers for tbe two Ohamoers were sitting to try and effeot a settlement. Nearly all the Southern members left by the steamer at ten o'olook, The Northern msmbera leave by the train in the mornlog* ' At eleven o'olook tho Conference on the Land Transfer Bill brought up a report whlob, however, is not satisfactory to the Native members who oommeco.d to stonewall. During tbe proceeding there w_b a very narrow escape of a count out on tbe BUI. About midnight another Conference was appointed to try and arrive at a Battlement, and at half paat they agrreed. ' The report was brought up and agreed to by both Obambers whloh adjourned MR Friday on the understanding that Parliament be prorogued by " gazette,' and so ends the third session of the tenth Parliament. Not more than twenty members were present at tbe finish and there was no manifestation of exalt. ment. Members aro separating juat aa though the House had merely adjourned till to-morrow and was going to meet again.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2228, 17 September 1889

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