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Parliamentary Gossip.

[by telegram from our own correspondent.] Wellington, .July 18. The provision of the Post Office Acts Amendment Bill, which is intended to enable the interception of all letters and parcels containing money to be used in lotteries, are exceedingly stringent. Its operative sections are so worked as to. I any kind of communication to a person cover who may be engaged in conducting, lotteries or in any fraudulent business ov undertaking. The Postmaster-General, if he has reasonable ground to suppose a person to be so engaged, is to have power to declare by Gazette notice that no letter, packet, newspaper, or parcel addressed to him shall be either forwarded, registered, or delievered. Such letters, if posted within the colony, are to be sent to the dead letter office, where they are to be opened and their contents forfeited to Her Majesty. If originally posted outside New Zealand they are to bo returned unopened to the place of origin. No money orders are to be issued, in favor of or paid to any person named in the Gazette noticeMr Guinness has given notice to introduce his Regulations of Elections Act Amendment Bill of last session. It provides if at any election except in the city electorates a successful candidate does ! not receive a majority of all votes polled at the election a second 'poll shall be taken within seven days to decide which of the two candidates who secured largest number of votes at the first polls shall be elected. Mr Izard is urging Government toreintroduce the newspaper Law of Libel Bill of Kst session, or some [measure of a similar nature. ' ; The Colonial Secretary does not see his way clear to proposing the imposition of a tax on totalisators for the benefit of Hcspitals and Charitable Aid, lest such should seem to further legalise the use of the totalisators, which, he says, might not be to the interest of the colony. Ministers have no intention of pressing oji the labor Bills now before Parliament tfntil some considerable progress has been made with the estimates.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2469, 19 July 1890