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Parliamentary Gossip.


Wellington, July 28. There seems to be some amount of friction just now between Government and their ultra-economical supporters on account of the way in which the latter are helping the Opposition to cut down details of the Estimates. The Government consider that the economists should be content with the pledge which has already been given to them that the Estimates as passed by the House will be reduced by £50,000 when being incorporated into the Appropriation Bill, and that they should not assist the Opposition in divisions which tend to discredit the Government. On the other hand the retrenciiera hold that they have not bound themselves in any way to pass by what they consider to be anomalies in salaries paid. In this respect they claim to have a perfectly free hand, and hold Government to their pledge to take £50,000 from the amouut at which the Estimates will be left by the House on emerging from Committee of Supply. As yet the Ministerial restiveness has not' gone beyond the stage of private expostulation with their recalcitrant friends. A deputation of South Island members waited upon the Railway Commissioners this morning, advocating a reduction of haulage rates for short distances on frozen mutton, and for reduction of rates for the carriage of live stock. The Commissioners promised to give a reply in the source of a day °F two, i

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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