HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
FRIDAY, JULY 4. The House met at 2.30 p.m. FIKST READINGS. Several new Bills were introduced and read a first time. SUPREME COURT ACT AMENDMENT BILL. The. Supreme Court Act Amendment Bill which provides for the appointment of an additional Jud^e was introduced by message from the Govenor. Mr Seddon moved that, a respectful reply be forwarded to His Excellency, informing him that the circumstances of the colony and the administration of justice did not warrant the colony going to the expense of appointing^ sixth Judge. Mr Ballance thought that the Government should agree to have this question adjourned, as its discussion even at this stage would take up considerable time.. The Government had taken a most extraordinary and unprecedented step m appointing this Judge to preside over the Native Land Court, and the Opposition could not agree to it. The appointment of an extra Judge was wholly unneceasary m the present condition of the Colony, and he warned the Government that if the discussion was not adjourned, the Opposition would be compelled to oppose it at every stage. Mr Fish moved that progress be reported. Mr Hislop said that every member of the legal profession m this part of the country knew that the appointment of an extra Judge was necessary, and that the Government was losing money by the work going onas it had oeen. Mr Mitchelson agreed to report progress, and hoped that when the Bill came before them again it would be discussed m a reasonable manner, and not m a party spirit. Mr Samuel trusted that on the next appearance of the Bill before the House, a Minister would explain the whole circumstances that led to the appointment. Mr W. P. Reeves said the Opposition did not desire to offer any obstruction, but were determined to have a full discussion on this question. s Captain Russell, m reply to Mr Fish, disclaimed having sprung any surprise on the House m the introduction of the Bill, as m. ninety-nine cases out of a hundred there was no debate whatever on the first reading of a measure. As to Mr Edwards' appointment the Government were of opinion that he was absolutely a Judge, and when the second reading of the Bill came on they would be quite prepared to prove that he was legally and constitutionally appointed. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 adjournment. At 7.30 p.m. Sir George Grey resumed the debate. He thought that Mr Edwards should retire from the bench. Mr Fisher wanted to know why, if the appointment was a legal one, the Bill had been introduced at all. Mr Bryce deplored the fact that the leader of the Opposition displayed such a hostile attitude when, speaking on his appointment. The Government had not made, any explanation as to the circumstances of the case, but the reason of that was solely because it was unusual to debate a Bill on its first reading. Mr Seddon characterised the whole thing as a job, and he hoped that the members behind the Government would nut sanction it. He would ]ike to know out of what fund Mr Edwards' salary was being paid. Dr Fitchett reminded members that durine: the discussion on the Financial Statement fcho Government wore repeatedly charged with having made this appointment, and made no reply to it. He considered that this appointment was a. greater blow to the independence of the Bench than anything that had yet happened. Mr Ballance said that the position he hud fc iken up was that the fullest information should be supplied to the members on this question. The motion for reporting progress was fclien put and carried. dum.myism. , Mr Hislop moved :—"That allegations having been made that dummyism has taken place m regard to the selection of land m the Canterbury district, that it be an instruction to the Waste Lands Committee to inquire into and report whether such dummyism exists, and what remedy should be taken to prevent it." Mr McKenzie (Waihemo) moved that other places be inserted m the motion as well as Canterbury. The motion, with this addition, was agreed to. THE FINANCIAL DEBATE. Mr Verral resumed the debate on the Financial Statement, speaking against the Government policy. Mr Beefcham thought that the Premier deserved great credit for his Financial Statement,although he was sorry to say he could not agree with the whole of it. The Statement, however, showed a thorough grasp of the position, and he thought that would have great weight at Home and be very eagerly received. He , failed to see why the House should not perform good work or why it should be regarded as moribund. With respect to the federation question he trusted that delegates would be sent to the Conference, but he thought Captain Russell and Sir John Hall were quite right m not committing the colony at the last Conference. His idea was that they should have one grand confederation of the whole British Empire, and he hoped they would never sever the connection between Great Britain aud her colonies. Mr Fish : Twenty five years will see it. Mr Grimmond moved the adjournment of the debate. Lost by 25 to 15. Dr Hodgkinson complimented Mr Ballance on the tone of his speech on this question ; m fact, he regarded it as a model of Parliamentary decorum, but he was of opinion that Mr Ballance had entirely ?failed to prove that there was no surplus. The land administration of the Government had been effective, and more people were coming on the land. He expressed the opinion that further retrenchment could be effected if the constituencies would allow the Government to do it, j Mr Saunders moved the adjournment of the debate, The House rose at 12.15 a.m.
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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890
PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890
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