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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The House met at 2.30 p.m. THE TIMARU SEAT. Mr Mitchelson moved that a writ be issued for the election of a member for Timaru m place of the late Mr Turnbull. QUESTIONS POSTPONED. Mr Mitchelson moved the postponement of the questions till next day m order that the Labor Bills might be proceeded with. The motion was agreed to. RAILWAY AUTHORISATION BIIX. Mr Fergus introduced the Railway Authorisation Bill, having reference to , the extension of the railway to Te Aro (Wellington), and the extension of the Helensville railway. The Bill also provided for a small siding at Wingatui. After considerable discussion, Mr Feri gus promised to allow the House to tori- ' sider the Te Aro extension separately from the other lines mentioned m the Bill. I The first reading was agreed to. THE BRUNNERTOX LABOUR DISPUTE. Mr Guinness read a telegram which he j had received from the Mayor of Brunnerton, to the effect that great irritation '. was felt m that district at the presence of a body of police merely because an amicable labour dispute was going on there at present. He asked tho Minister of Justice for an explanation of the matter. Captain Russell said he was not prepared to give a reply at once, but that if Mr Guinness would give notice of a question for next day an answer would then be forthcoming. THE PUBLIC WORKS STATEMENT. "Replying to Mr Ballance, Mr Mitchelsoii said that the Public Works Statement ' Avould be brought down on Friday next. IMPREST SUPPLY BILL. Mr Mitchelson said that he should have to ask the House to pass an Imprest Supply Bill for £175,000 through all its stages before taking up other business. Mr Sallance said that he should raise no objection to this motion. On going into Committee of Supply for the passing of the Imprest Supply Bill, Sir George Grey moved as an amendment that no supplies be granted till Government give an assurance that the new Parliament will be called together immediately after the general election. Mr Moss seconded the amendment. Mr Mitchelson could not compliment the mover of the amendment on the opportunity which he had taken for intercepting Supply with the object of preventing the Government from paying the salaries of its officers. He did nofc propose to discuss the terms of the amendment or say what course the Government would take on it. The motion for going into Committee of Supply was put and carried on the voices, Sir George Grey's amendment being lost. On going into Committee of Supply Sir George Grey again referred to the question which he had raised, and said that no matter what he suffered m popularity he should protest against this course | being pursued. . j Mr Ballance said that he had only adopted the usual course m saying that he had no objection to the Government passing a Bill for the payment of salaries. It was not usual to traverse a motion of this kind with an amendment such as that moved by Siv Geogre Grey. Sir George Grey said that it would be quite unconstitutional for the Government to remain m office for another year when they might probably be m a minority m the House. Sir John Hall pointed out that the same course was adopted m 1881 that was now proposed. There was no occasion, m his opinion, for the Government incurring the expense of a second session. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m.' adjournment. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. An Imprest Supply Bill was passed through all its stages. EMPLOYERS LIABILITY ACT AMENDMENT BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading of the Employers Liability Act Amendment Bill to amend the Employers Liability Act, 1882. He explained that the objects of the Bill were to bring seamen under uhe Act, and to give them a remedy for injury, allowing a court to assess the compensation for injury, with a maximum of three years' wages ; extending the time within which injured employees shall give notice of action to one month after they shall have become physically and mentally capable of giving it; the right of action being extended to six months for such time. 1 Mr Ballance suggested that the Government should refer such measures as the one, before them to a Select Committee, so that they might be examined m connection with similar Bills m England, and thus facilitate4;heir passing the House. . After. Mr W. X>. Stewart, Mr Izard, Mr W. P, Reeves, and Mr Fish had spoken, the motion for the second, reading was agreed to. SHIPPING AND SEAMEN'S ACT AMENDMENT BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading of the Shipping and Seamen's Act Amendment Bill, to amend the Shipping and Seamen's Act 1877. The Bill defined the nature of the illness which shall entitle seamen to the benefits of the Act. Provision was also made for the payment of wage? m cases of illness—in the; case of home trade ships. . The motion was agreed to. - FACTORIES AND SHOPS BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading of the Factories and Shops Bill, to provide ■for the supervision and regulation of factories and work rooms, and for limiting hours of business m shops. The Bill was entirely founded on tha report of the Sweating Commission. With reference

to the closing ol snops, wiey snouui uiurra all over the colony at 6 o'clock on week days and 10 on Saturdays. He proposed fco refer the Bill to a Committee after the .-:e?,ond reading. Mr Reeves (Sfc Albans) congratulated the Government on the character of this Bill. He thought, however, that the labor unions should have some voice m the appointment of the inspectors, and have some sort of check over them. Mr Fulton, although heartily sympathising with the early closing movement, did not-think the time ripe yet for embodying provisions relating to early closing m a Bill of this kind. Mr McKensrie (Clutha) and Sir George Grey eulogised the principle of the Bill, and the motion for the second reading was agreed to, and the Bill referred to a Select Committee. THE TRUCK BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading I of the Truck Bill to prohibit the payment of wages m goods or otherwise than m money. ... After several members had criticised the various provisions of the measure, the > second reading was agreed to, and the Bill referred to a Select Committee, THE BUILDING LIEN BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading of the Building Lien Bill to confer a Hen to certain persona for work done or materials furnished m respect of buildings and erections. This Bill would require more careful consideration than any of the previous measures. The motion was agreed to, and the Bill referred to a Select Committee. EDUCATIONAL RESERVES LEASING BILL. The Educational Reserves Leasing Bill was read a second time. INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL BILL. Mr Hislop moved the second reading of the Industrial Schools Bill. , Mr Taylor moved the adjournment of the debate. The motion was carried by 31 to 20. BABBIT NUIBANCB BILL. Mr Richardson moved the second reading of the Rabbit Nuisance Act Amendment Bill. Sir George Grey hoped that the House would not pass the second reading. He wished to protest against the clause which proposed that two Justices of the Peac« should have power to imprison for two years a person who lets loose rabbits or permits them to be let loose. Mr Kerr, Mr Lance, Mr Dodson, Mi McKenzie (Waihemo), and Mr Cowan supported the Bill. Mr Yerral opposed it. Mr Fergus agreed with his colleague that it was advisable that the Bill should be referred to the Stock Committee. After a lengthy debate the second reading was carried by 31 to 9, and the Bill referred to the Stfok Committee. The House rose at 1.5 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2472, 23 July 1890

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