The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1890. PARLIAMENTARY LARRIKINS
We regret to see by the proceedings m the House of Representatives on Wednesday and Thurcky evening that the Commons of New Zealand is on the way towards losing altogether that reputation for orderly conduct which for many years favorably distinguished it among Australian legislatures. On Wednesday, at 11 p.m., a Bill to provide for the reduction of the charge for the registration of shepherd's dogs to half-a-crown per dog arrived at the stage of committee, and being sent to Committee was fought on all sorts of grounds other than the real one until half-past twelve, after which hour no new business can be taken, the object being, not to throw out the Dog Bill, but to prevent a Bill of Sir George Grey's, which stood next on the order paper, having a chance of being moved. This was shown by the fact that the hour of 12.30 once reached, the Bill, which was the ostensible subject of discussion, was passed through? Committee m2O minutes. The following night the same Bill stood first on the order paper for the third reading, but, practically, next after it another of Sir George's Bills, followed by Mr Walker's Hospital and Charitable Act Amendment Bills, the object of which was to secure separate districts for Ashburton, Manawatu and Waimate. Against this last Bill the city members formed a combination, and had arranged to talk against time on the Dog Bill and the Elective Governors' Bill so as to prevent Mr Walker's Bill having a hearing. Members were so disgusted at the prospect of a second innings, and talking against time, that a " count j out" resulted, this however, being accomplished through a trick which was highly discreditable to all concerned, a number of members being locked m the Whips' room so as to prevent their attending at the summons of the bell. It is high time the present House should be sent about its business if the J public business is to be played with m this larrikin fashion. More than this it should be the first duty of the new House, after assembly, to amend the standing orders, so as to prevent the abuse of the forms of the House, which has become a public scandal.