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Parliamentary Gossip.



Wellington, July 30. A defect m the Legislation relative to, Life Insurance has been pointed out to Government by Mr Guinness, viz*,; that where, as it often appears, that a man uses his m >ney m keeping his policy alive to the neglect of his just debts* if he happens to die intestate, and leaves no relatives m the colony, his estate passes into the hands-of the public trustee, and ultimately !to the consolidated fund, his creditors being left m the lurch. Mr Guinness asked whether Government would amend the law so as to provide that m such cases the proceeds of a life policy should be made liable for the just debts of deceased. Mr Mitchelson thought the suggestion worthy of consideration, but said Government could not see the way to legislate this session. Another day has been spent by the Hotchiaon Charges Committee without any substantial progress being made. To-day's sitting was mostly taken up with the discussion of Mr Seddon's motion that the Bank of New Zealand be called upon to state at once whether it will comply with the demand for the production of its books. No other business of importance was done. The discussion of the Estimates m the small hours of this morning made it clear that a compact had been made between Ministers and a section of the " Skinflint" party, under which Government secured half-a dozen by an undertaking to m*k« certain reductions m each department. Some very warm .■recrimination took place between Mr Goldie and his erstwhile friend Mr Thompson, whom he roundly accused of having " sold " his party, 'just as he had done three years ago, by betraying their immature plans to Government. The ex-Skinflints who; voted with Government against large reductions during the evening were—Messrs Harkness, Lawry, Monk, R. Thompson, T. T. Thompson, and Hobbs. The House got into Supply before the dinner adjournment, and another late sitting is certain.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2479, 31 July 1890

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