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The House^met'at'i'^OpVm.'" 5 '""■■ ■,"^' Mr Arthur, the* heY nuptbar^for the East Coast, ,took,the s oath' and his seat. J *" QtTEStIONS. • „ J. reply to questions it was stated that the Gbyeriuneht;, expesote^ • J».. .haye the Manawatu Gorge litailway sopen4or traffic in November;,that the , ; forn}ation of a : police ,sbperanuafcion fund had been lost ■ sight qf,vpu^ i^^t'Governinejit^ioped that some'Vp^^^bi^'Vßfior^^Jmtiated; ' that no proposalsjhad yet been niade by-.;, jbhe,GpKArnnieiib ,o£ »South ] Ausfcralia A ior a - reciprocal tariff'treaty''wiili this colony, r but that if such ;were,made, they, J receive''dii6 cßnsiderafciptii ti&t^WejGovernment had. ripfc jyefc^'o*ui6e J aeculed whether* to'fiitrodiice a^BUl" amending the Uuisance ; that 119 aptkm had , - yet'Taeen'taken'to obtain reciprocity'with Canada aga^BTe^. but no T doubt the matter would be considered at the.- jConyention to -,-be jheld r n«xt r year; -that a Bill WbUkl'be ■uitroduced^provicyng, forpaymentof conimpn juries, and also ' dealing witE. in^Jradilis within which juries may be selected; that no proposals " Jiad beenmade !by Canada Jfor la'l^aafic mail service ;with a terminal; port, in this " colony.."; ,* /iiWAj't n'.hVi haa v-vr/«i ■;' ._ -,; ;,M»joE Steward resumed the debate on theAddress-m-Rcply. 'Hertmirkedthat after petualixg' the^ 1 GoviniorV . there could be .rid other feeling but one of dissatisfaction-from one end of the ;C6lony>t^ m^tKeri lAs^te^lw«Stplus of £115,000. which they wore told'now existed, how was-it, if such a surplus really didilexist, th^tlthejpjhad JKjSJch, posals; for i a reduction^ of M&tionl- iHe strongly, cortdeinlied^the administration of the ftailway" Commissioners, and prophesied thatjthere iirould%be i before long a ,• cry from'one "end of the country to the v other for,-a'phange, in the ■ management. ' He. dwelt at! length* ontKeiqdestidn'of . land settlement, and jyjja^djis-' ' appointed at Jseelnffrixo reference in the Speech to any aitempib%to remove the dia-. - abilities under which people desirous of labored. s Referring to Sir Harry Atkinson'.sullneafl he reWltted that , the honorable Ijentlerfipn^shbuld^be com- •: pelled to relinquish office, and. he, asktd ~ wnat'they were going' to'do^whwTOe, pilot left the ship ? Were they going to,. allow Ministers to remain in office without :' head?.,. Certainly -not. o'eV^/"^ . , '. IVIr Bryce felt' tliatj the preseni debate ;: might be characterised a&useless, or worse' . than useless/as the practice of debating the "Address-in-Tieply had" fallen some-, what into disrepute even in the House of. ':[ Commons. They were now -in a critical . state of the colony's histiory, ;|and it was ' surely the duty of 'the. Government to disclose the full,financial position, which „ could not possibly . be, Btate)d in the ' Governor's Speech'. ■." Beforeaittingdown he suggested to the Ministersfor Public .. Works that the Public Works'^tatement should be,brought; down at the same time asth|:Buaget.[,|yi ???,]: 1 Mr Smith 1, Mrßutchisbn; andMr John .. McKenzie, also tl spoke in hostile crittoipm „ of m: sn;4ecK. ul>?:f r '<?/;, v -: f i ••••■'■ '''The fJd^baibe. w^;;lnte^rupt]ed. .by -flje 5:.'V) p.m. ailjoiiniinmt. . ■ ' 'Tl'c J-louso resumed at 7.30 p.m.' \ Mr McKcnzio (Waihc(mo)continuudltM reinai k.s i.m t!i<» A(Mross-in-.'te[>ly, and criiioiaed the land adiiunLstraLion.»t>Kr»*^ , length,' the p6licy!lßf :the Railway Cdmmissioners coming in for .condemnation. ' He,§xprefeedf'tlielopinion that the country would insist on tb« Qwx*

missioners being removed from office in "consequence of their mismanagement, which was now worse than had previously been the case. He thought that railway management would be one of the gieatest questions during the coming elections. Mr Fish referred to Captain Russell's accession to the Cabinet as being a great strength to Ministers, but in a political sense he regarded his inclusion in the Ministry as unsatisfactory, because he looked upon him (Captain Russell) as a strong freetrader and an ultra-Conserva- , tive. i Seeing that the Premier's life was „ in danger if he continued in office, he (Mr Fish) thought that on all grounds he should retire for a time, and surrender ■ the portfolio which he could no longer . ■ hold, with satisfaction to himself. It appeared to him, speaking quite impartially, that under present circumstances ■ the Government should ask for supplies and .■ dissolve without delay. With respect to ■ Sir George Grey's amendment he should \ feel compelled to vote against it^ as no good could-result from it till the financial policy was" brought down., .- : . Mr Fisher, after strongly urging the dissolution of Parliament, went en to .show, the gross mismanagement which, he. said,-was prevalent in the Customs De- , > partment. vHe proceeded to quote a case in which several large and influential firms had received consideration from the Customs Department, while some small 'firms had been, cast in' penalties for breaches of the law. He denied that; there had been any necessity for .increased school buildings as stated in the JGitjvernor's Speech, and alleged that the paragraph was inserted in the Speech ih order that fault might be found with our present educational system, on the ground of, its rbeingi too costly in character. Referring to Mr Fergus' speech, in which heaHvocated' the purchase of estates on the East Coast for the benefit of-the * the colony as'he'stated, ""he (Mr Fisher) thought it was time that the connection between the colony and the Bank of New Zealand 'should^ be severed' once and for all, The, scheme proposed by Mr Fergus of taking over the liabilities of local bodies was one that no Government dare take up. He should vote for Sir George Grey's amendment, as they had nothing ■before; the House] in the shape of a policy.

h Mrjj'ergus hadnever known an Address-m-Reply debated so fully without some specific motion following ifc, and he now challenged the leader of the Opposition to table a want of confidence motion. Asto

his speech at' Queenstown, all he had stated with reference to the liabilities of local -bodies was not that Government

should take them over, but that when these loans fell in, the local bodies ;.should'be assisted to go to the cheapest market. He had had no difference whatever with his .colleagues over that speech, as stated by. Mr Fislier. The fact of that hoti gentleman having been compelled to leave the' Government was a sufficient reason for his opposition to everything proposed-by the present Ministry. ; -. :Mr- Seddoh, Mr'Kerr, and Mr Tai 1 whangi, spoke in condemnation of the Governmem) policy. ; " 'Mr Mitchelson made an explanation in '^regard to tKe purchase of East Coast lands by the Government, and remarked ■that,' as far as he personally was con-: cerned, he acted not in the interest of any financial company, but of the Natives and at their request. . The idea of the Government in appointing Mr Edwards was to set in the Commissionership a man who

would be" in a high position, and would be above suspicion; The Government had no idea that he had appeared in a case likely to come before him as Commissioner. / With reference to the Rotorua „purchase, of which Mr Ballance had made ' so much, no jtnan knew better than that hoii gentleman the difficulty the Government had in collecting rents on that block, 1 and Government therefore thought it ad- - visible in the interests of the country to

make the purchase, and he felt sure that "the'purchase was a good one. Mr Grimmond charged the' Government •with * spending money in districts represented by. Ministerialists and neglecting .those .districts, whose members were in ' opposition. > ,■.,... JJr.Fitchett considered that the explaria- ■ tion of the Native Minister, as to the purchase of'the East Coast lands, was very •unsatisfactory, and the inference conveyed by it was that the land was purchased for the benefit.of the mortgagees. ; i(' Mr Taipua said that the natives in his district were'all perfectly satisfied withj the administration 6f the Native Minister., - ; Colonel Fraser defended the, Rotorua purchase, and said that if the Government* succeeded in completing the purchase they would confer a great benefit on the whole, district. . : ;"Mr Tanner replied at considerable] length.. ' ' : The Address-in-Reply was put and agreed to 4 on !the voices. '; 'Sir/George Grey then moved his amend- . Jmerit praying the Government to grant a dissolution. '■ Mr' Moss supported the amendment, •vMch was lost by 39 to 19: • The House rose at 1.30 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2450, 25 June 1890

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