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Parliamentary Gossip.


Wellington, June 27. Scant courtesy was shown by the lawyers of the House last night to the author of the. Law Practioners Bill, the passing of which they seem to dread so much. Sir George Grey having,' by an over-sight set down the committal of the Bill for, a date which he had not intended, a few opponents of the measure refused to give their consent to a rectification of the mistake. The professional opponents received sundry nasty knocks in the course of the debate. One of the most amusing came from the member for Sydenham. That gentleman was arguing that, Sir George's BUI would,, if passed, tend to improve the s'atus of the profession. "How" interjected Mr Fitzherbert, himself a lawyer. "By getting a few intelligent men into it," retorted Mr Taylor, with cutting irony, whereat the House roared.

In his Private Schools Bill Mr Pyke seeks to put children attending private schools on the same footing as those attending Government primary schools, except that only one-half capitation granted to State Education is required. The Bill is specially framed in the interest of'the Roman Catholics; and is only intended to apply to centres of population. , A clause which did not. appear, in last year's measure provides for qualifying pupils in private schools for examination for scholarships, and permits of their I undergoing university matriculation ex- | animation. ' ' Mr Beetham intimated this afternoon his intention of moving the appointment of a committee to consider all matters pertaining to the development . of flax and dairy produce interests.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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