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,The House met at 1.50 p.m. THE SPEECH. A message was received from the Legis lative Council requiring the attention of members to hear the Governor's speech. ----- - NEW MEMBERS. On the House resuming, Mr Bryce, member for Waipa, and the Hon. Mr i Hislop, member for Oamaru, took the I oath and their seats. - . RESIGNATION OF THE CLERK.

The Speaker said he desired to inform the House that after the rising of Parliament la«t year he had received a letter from Major Campbell tendering his resignation of his office of Clerk of Parliament, which he ha?! held for thirty-five years. Major Campbell also desired to express Ms grateful thanks to the Speaker and members of the Housejror the kindness and consideration that had always been Bhown him during his long tenure of office. The Speaker, in making the announcement, said he wished to make a few remarks: Major Campbell had served the House for a period of thirty-five years before any of the present members had taken their seats. When he (Major Campbell) commenced his duties in 1864 he had few precedents to guide him, but he was always most painstaking and accurate, and he .(Sir G. M. O'Rorke) thought the journals of the House would bear favorable comparison with the public records of the other colonies. He hoped Major Campbell would long enjoy that retirement from service which he was so well entitled to. He further wished to inform the House that in consequence of Major Campbell's resignation, he had recommended to the Government that Mr Friend, who had served the House for twenty-seven-years as Clerk Assistant, should be appointed to the vacancy, and that Mr Otterson, with a service of seventeen years,' should receive the office of Clerk Assistant. The Government had accepted both these. recommendations, and the appointments had been made accordingly. Sir H. Atkinson gave notice to move on Tuesday • next that ■ the Speaker be requested to convey to Major Campbell, on behalf of the House, its acknowledgement of his long and valuable services during the last thirty-five years, and its appreciation of the advice and assistance which he was at all times willing to render to the members of the House in the conduct of their business.

THE PROPERTY TAX. Mr Taylor gave notice to move that the property tax is inimical to the best interests of the people ; that it retarded the settlement of the land, prevented the investment of capital and the establishment of industries. . ADDRESS IN REPLY. Mr Tanner gave notice that he would next day move tho Address in Reply to the Governor's speech. CLAIMS OF OLD SOLDIERS.

Replying to Mr Taylor, Captain Russell said he had not lost sight of tho interests of the old soldiers and volunteers during tho recess, and he had given instructions to the various Crown Lands Commissioners to push on their inquiries into those claims as quickly as possible. He hoped to be able to announce something more definite before the close of the session.


The Hon E. Mitchelson moved the adjournment of the House at 3 p.m.

Sir G. Grey said he had an amendment to propose. He contended that it was the duty of tho Government to at once advise the Governor to dissolve the present Parliament, and to assure his Excellency that full supplies would be granted in order to carry on the public business till the meeting of the new Parliament, which might be in about six weeks' time. He strongly condemned the action of tho Government for keeping themselves in

office without adopting such a step as that he proposed. He then moved—"That the House forthwith resolve itself into Committee for tho purpose of drawing up a humble petition to the Governor, praying him to dissolve Parliament, and to cause writs to be issued for the election of a now Parliament; that the House also assure his Excellency that ample provision would be made for the public service till the meeting of the new Parliament." He said ho had brought forward his amendment without consultation with anybody, and he hoped the House would support him in it..

The Speaker ruled that an amendment of that kind could not be made on a motion for adjourning the House. Mr Taylor said that Sir G. Grey's contention was fair and just, and, he was

astonished at the Government introducing, anything of a debateable character which ■ tlifi country would have to decide in a few

months. . _, -, . Mr Fisher complained that Ssir U. t»rey had not, token members into his.confidence over this amendment, and said they were all taken by surprise by it. As to the question whether a dissolution was required or not he said emphatically that the country did require it, and that a dissolution should have taken place twelve months ago. He should support the amendment.

./The Speaker in reply to Mr Oadman said the amendment w»s npfc Ijefore the House afcjpresent. .. . Tlie" House rbae at'frffl) p.'m;^"

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2446, 20 June 1890

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