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PARLIAMENTARY

(By Telegraph.) THURSDAY, JULY 10, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The House met at 2.30 p.m. CHARGES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. Mr Mitchelson desired to move without notice for the appointment of a Select Committee to enquire into the charges made By the member for Waitotara against the Government. Leave was refused, ■Mr Mitchelson gave notice to move the motion next day. Mr Ballance said that the reason why objection was made to the motion being moved without notice was that some difference of opinion existed as to the constitution ot the Committee. THE FINANCIAL DEBATE. . Mr Bruce resumed the debate on the Financial Statement, Although he was a Government supporter, he would not attempt any pai?tioular defence of the policy of the Government. Referring to the question of borrowing, he was as strongly opposed to that as any member of the House, but still he was prepared to accept the proposals of the Government, as they must have some money te open up roads. The demand for a dissolution at present was simply a bogus cry raised by the Opposition. There was no burning question before the country. Mr'Buxton thought the position of the Government was a weak one, and if the House gave them supplies he hoped, it would be for a very short term, j Mr Duncan spoke at length in condemnation of the land adminustra tion of the Government, and expressed the opinion that the present Minister had been brought up in the wrong school to be a successful land Minister. He advised the Government to go to the country, at once, as their administration was certainly not what the country could wish, Mr Menteath supported the Government policy. He referred to the evils of party Government, and the policy of borrowing and claimed that jt was the middle party who had restrained borrow^ j ing and had held the balance of power for \ the last three years. j yiie debate was interrupted by the 5,30 j p.m. adjournment. I : The House resujned at 7.30 pan, j

Mr Menteath, continuing, said that he believed that retrenchment could be carried further, but not so far as the country supposed. Sir John Hall contended that the Opposition showed an utter want of unity in opinion or action, excepting only in their desire to oust the Government. Replying to Mr Hutchison's speech, he ridiculed the statement that within the next two or three years eight millions would have to be raised to meet loans falling in, &c. He admitted that there was depression in the colony, but he did not think it was alarming in extent^ nor,* was it likely to be permanent. It was dun to the fact that people were nofc spending so much as they used to, but were reducing their indebtedness to the banks, and also in part,to the cessation of loan expenditure. Our exports proved that the producing industries were thriving, and on the whole, he could see no cause for alarm. As to the Government preventing the exodus of population bybetter facilities for settlement, he claimed that plenty of such land was now available." He ■advised, the House to , caiefully consider the question of retrenishmentj. ,for it was possible to be penny-wise and pound foolish, and by saving a large Sum of money to cripple our industries. He suggested that a large Committee should be appointed to enquire thoroughly as to where retrenchment could be applied! Bearing in mind the record oi the previous Ministry, the Government could anticipate the triumphant endorsement by the electors of the favorable verdict already pronounced by the House. Dr Newman strongly advocated the acquiring and opening up of five blocks of native land in the interior of the North Island. Sir George Grey alluded to Sir John Hall as the author of the great land acquisition policy, and said that in his youth he had mopped up large extents of lands by means of regulations which were perfectly dishonest, yet he and his fellows did not think of giving up any of their unearned increment to relieve the prevailing depression. Mr O'Connor moved the adjournment of the debate. : The House rose at 11.25 p.m.

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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