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Parliamentary Gossip.


Wellington, August 4. It is understood that the four Opposition members of the Hutchison Charges Committee do not intend to take part m any further mebting. They consider that their remarks m the House early on Saturday morning were practically their final severance from tho Committee, though of course they are officially regarded -is members of it until formally relieved by the House, Mr' Withy, the chairman, has not given any further

indication as to his intention, but it is generally believed that he will only attend next meeting for the purpose of resigning the chairmanship. It goes without saying that the Committee, composed of only Government supporters, cannot continue to enquire into reflections upon Ministers. The members will doubtless present a report to the House, stating their position, and it remains tp be seen whether the Government will then rest under the unanswered imputation, or whether they will take some further steps towards having the matter cleared up.

[per press association.]

, Wellington, August 4. A Crowded public meeting was held this evening to hear addresees by several members of the Opposition on the political situation. Mr J. H. Heaton, Mayor of Melrose, presided. Sir George Grey spoke first, and condemned the Representation Bill, but he and his friends had succeeded m inserting clauses m the measure which gave ; " one man one vote " and no more. He thought Government should' have gone to the country before the present session, and he accused them of a desire to cling to oftice. He explained that the Governor had power to dissolve parliament; still he thought they could not look for any hope from that direction. He dwe^t at length on the obnoxious clause of the Rabbit Nuisances Act Amendment Bill, introduced this session, and he held that the large runs now over-run with rabbits should be broken up and occupied by man. As a reriwdy for the depression which existed m the colony at present, it was widely suggested that immigration be en-. Couraged, but where were they going to put them. Referring to the dock strikes he said the assistance rendered by the Australian colonies had turned the tide m the docker's favor, and he believed this was one way m which the people m the New World would assist m bringing about a better state of things m the old. Mr Seddon dealt principally with the Labor Movement, and he thought the statement that the labor agitation would drive out capital was nothing but a fallacy. In other colonies and m the Old World labor was now protecting itself, and he felt the movement would m the end be as beneficial to capital as to labor.: He advocated a change m the incidence of taxation. ' ' Mr Fish briefly outlined the action the Opposition intended to take m cutting down' the Estimates, and said as long as they "had a majority m committee, they would direct their attacks to members of the Civil Service m .receipt of salaries abpve" £200. He reminded working men ..that they were now a great power m the land. If they only used it judiciously the forthcoming elections would prove a benefit to both employers and employed. Mr Mosfj said, at the coming elections, people should be exceedingly jealous of the political purity of those whom they returned. Mr George Fisher condemned the action of Government m connection with the Hutchison' Accusation Committee. He thought the time would come when the connection between the Bank of New Zealand " and Government should be severed once and for erer. Resolutions wore passed affirming the desirableness of an immediate dissolution, and tendering thanks to the Liberal Party m Parliament, who are endeavoring to secure the rights of the people.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890

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