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Parliamentary Gossip.


jf\ '/■:■'■'■■ Wellington, June 20., :' The names of Mr Johnston, Mayor of Wellington; Mr Roberts, Mayor of Dunedin; Mr Fulton, M.H.R. for Taieri; Major Campbell, late Clerk of Parliament ; and Mr Montgomery, formerly member, for Akaroa,.are freely- mentioned in the lobbies as probable appointees to the Legislative Council.

The Minister for Lands this afternoon introduced... Jus^vCattle, -Bill* - -^to -enable certain lands ,0^ diseases amongst stock to be dealt Mith' without, guaranteeing ; and also his Sheep Bill, which will consolidate the numerous Sheep Acts now in existence, and simplify the procedure for the treatment of scab on the lines recommended at last Conference of, Sheep Inspectors. *• ,>'->■

The object of, Mr Buchanan's Hospitals j and Charitable Aid Amendment Bill is to bring about the separation of Wairarapa district from Wellington in charitable aid matters. ..,*■' It has been repeatedly urged by members in the ;Ho:use that the control of Native schools should, as far .as possible, be: handed over rby Government to the Education Boards, by Way of economy. It appears, however, from the annual report .upon education presented to the House on Thursday, that the' Auckland Board, within whose district most of the Native schools are situated, does not see its way to undertake the responsibility of their management unless exceptionally high capitation is granted./ The; Minister for Education, therefore, thinks there is no urgent 1 Teason" for* disturbing the present arrangements. ■' .-' Rumors are rife to the effect that, even; if the motion for the Address in Reply is lost, and if Sir George Grey V obstruction tactics, as they are termed, commenced by him on Thursday in: his ,want of confidence' motion, which the Speaker nipped in- bud, prove .futile, other, methods will, he pursued by the Opposition,with a view; to harrassincj tbe Government, and goading them' on to demand an immediate dissolution. As against this assertion, however, other political quidnuncs give it as their belief that the .Ministry will weather the storm, and eventually reach the safe harbor of Parliamentary recess. My own opinion is that hon.. members within a fortnight's time will be sent about their business, and a new House be elected to siipplttnt the present moribund assembly. ■" •*■ n- •-'"J ' "" " '

.The to-night ridicules Sir George Grey's want of confidence motion, which resulted in a fizzle yesterday afternoon, and characterises it as a freak invented by the old Knight for the purpose of inconveniencing Mr Ballance, the leader of the Opposition. Speaking on this subject the "Post" concludes a powerful leader as follows :— " How much better would, ifc be for^his own reputation if Sir Geprge Grey would retire from politics and devote his remaining years to art, literature, and .philanthropy, in all of' which yalks he'< shines so brilliantly." Politically} "superfluous lags the veteran on the stage." Mr Bryce presented to-day the petition of Benjamin Baileyy Chjef' Inspector of Sheep, complaim'ng" he has* been wrongfully dismissed from office. Mr Joyce gave notice of "a Bill to provide for the early,clpsingof shops, and, to limit the employees' -hours of labour "; also the Seamen's Representation Bill, and the Representation Act' Amendment Bill., ,- Other ; prospective Bills - :were mentioned : as follow :—The Employment of Females' A"* Amnndmon 4- Bill, p.nd the Native L'ai!-1 .\■!■:*i: 1 i -11-.-; :■ •■ 1 Kill. 'Dr Newni'ii •_ ii i. r- n-ziiv i> v-!» iinw ni merit 6rt TiiO'U.iy winii :\w Gorge Railway will be finished, and what' has been the cause of-the delay. ' > ■i.

/ -Mr Fitchett>tabled a'' whether Government propose to introduce tlie .Contractors' Lien Bill as promised last session. ; •,,\ .~. ... " Mr Tanner moved' the Address-in-Reply without comment; explaining that owing to ill health '■ he was unable • to 1 make a speech^- 11,..).■ "!■•■ - ' l

1 /Mr,Ross seconded the motion. >; ', ' The Grovernbr'a speech is not regarded favorably. It is asserted he was inspired by Dr Newman, 'the c'birpy member forThorndon, in Wellington. At anyrate one thing may be regarded as certain, and that is that Sir H. Atkinson could not possibly, have allowed the Government printer to issue the utterances which fell from His Excellency's lips yesterday, and which are fiptionally designated " the Governor's speech." As a literary production the speech would not be lam convinced, by any school inspector under any EducAtion, Board, in, New, Zealand.;,',and; in; as^fejriingl: tijis,. -lia|serpiI i a|serpia > tgreat^deal.| However,"" the production is the" last, or the last but one at anyrate, that the Earl will deliver in the colony, as "I hear, and believe, the rumor to be true, that he returns! to ■ England^ and, parenthetically, it may be remarked, either to an attic in the Government' caravansary in Downing; street, .or to the basement floor of-Somerset House. ' X

Contrary to general expectation, Mr Ballance concluded his speech on the Address in Reply without moving any amendment, \ though :he' Tstijdngiy .utged/ Government} to dissolve at once and,go, to the country. His criticism of Govern-' ment's policy was replied to by Mr Hislop in a brief "speech, after Which' 'Sir George ] Grey followed with one of his usual elocutionary displays, and'intimfet4d\his »in\ tenfcion, when the Address itself came up. for • adoption, of moving an amendment, in favor of petitioning Government to dis-" solve Parliament^without delay. 1 \■i ( \ N <\ Mr Taylor' stonewalled until Government consented .tjo adjourn for the night,. and" at 10.5 the debate'was adjourned till 1 Tuesday, whe,n Major Steward will take up the runnirigi \ ..-' 1 •.', :' ' \ i. , '' '',' j. j 'J ' 'J : * >

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2447, 21 June 1890

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