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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House met at 2.30 p.m. SIB JULIUS VOOEL'S CLAIM. Mr Mitchelson laid Sir Julius Vogel's petition, respecting his claim against the colony, on the table. He stated that the Government had been advised that a claim of this kind should, under the Crown Suits Act, be laid within twelve months of the date on which-it happened. He proposed to consult the House on the subject on Friday next. •; Replying to Mr Larnach, Mr Mitchelson said that the Crown Prosecutor was acting for Sir Julius Yogel because he received permission from the late Government to do so. THE HUTCHISON CHARGES Mr Withy brought up the report ot the Hutchison's Accusations Committee as follows :—"The Committee has the honour to report that it is of opinion that it cannot usefully proceed farther with the | enquiry committed to it, inasmuch as five of its members have expressed a desire to be discharged from further attendance. The Committee respectfully recommend that it be discharged." He moved that the House concur m the request made to relieve the' Committee from its duties, and also to discharge the witnesses. He pointed out the desirability of agreeing to this qubstion, especially as an important witness was being kept waiting m Wellington at present. The motion was agreed to without debate. The House rose at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7. 30 p.m. THE HUTCHISON CHARGBS. Mr Hislop, referring to the accusations of the member for Waitotara, said Government had tried its best to obtain the most effective tribunal to go into these charges. The committee, however, had reported that they were not able to present any report to the House. The Committee had asked for a very large power which the House did not see fit to grant. The Government had now come to the conclusion that as they had failed to obtain any satisfactory enquiry into the charges made against them, they were determined to take their courre without consulting the Opposition or anyone else. There were three courses open to the Government, and he hoped that the House would excuse him from now stating what ccurse they would take, but he would seize an early opportunity of doing so when the government had come to a conclusion on the matter. The first charge made by Mr Hutchison was that the Government had created an abnormal finance, for the purpose of assisting the coffers of th© Bank of New Zealand, and had issued deficiency bills to the extent of £840,000, but the fact was that before the present Government took effice power had been given to the late Government m 1887 to issue £995,000 of deficiency bills. The requirements of the colony m October of that year necessitated the issue of an extra £500,000 of deficiency bills, and that was all the present Government were responsiblefor. The nex.t charge Was tha a cablegram was sent Home to the AgentGeneral to bolster up the Bank of New Zealand, but he asserted that no such cablegram had ever been sent Home. With respect to the charge that the Government had foregone the claims against the bank, L 600,000 was owing to the bank when the Government took office, and that remained owing till March, 1888, wjien only £100,000 was required. There had all along been a balance m favour of the bank. (Mr Hutchison : We all know about that.) Then as to the charge about the balance being allowed to be m the bank m London without interest, Mr Hislop pointed out that a few months after raising the loan m 1888 the balance m the Bank of New Zealand at London was £30,890, and on the 20th October, the balance to our credit was only £5762. He would ask the House whether that was an unnecessarily large balance to the credit of the Government at the Bank. The present Government were 905 days m office, and the daily average balance at the. bank was £134,850. The StoutYogel Government were 1130 days m office, and their daily average at the bank was no less than L 254,000, so that it would be again seen how far Mr Hutchison's charge Was sustained, that the present Government kept large balances at the Bank of New Zealand. He again challenged Mr Hutchison to forego his privilege as a member of the House and allow the Government to meet his charges outside the House.. Mr Ballance reminded the House that the Government had not offered to refer the enquiry to a Judge and two members of the House until the Committee was nearly decided upon, and as he had taken objection to that proposal on the ground that it would not be right to drag a Judge of the Supreme Court into the arena of politics. What he, (Mr Baliance) had objected to on the Committee Was the minority of the Committee coining down and asking the House with the aid of a strong party to direct the Committee what it should do. Anything more scandalous or unconstitutional was never known. Mr Hislop knew very well when he issued the challenge to Mr Hutchison on Friday night that the latter could not accept it whilst the matter w«s mb judice. He quite agreed that the House should be the judge of its own Ministers, but if Mr Hislop thought so why did not the Government let the House decide the matter. ,Mr Hislop had told them that there were three courses open to the Government, and yet he refrained from saying what they were. The Minister had stated that he was now free from restraint, but Mr Hutchison was not free from restraint as the matter was still sub judice. Mr Ballance was not prepared to discuss the charges so far as they affected the credit of the Government, and he thought Mr Hiitchinson would be pursuing a right course by withholding all his remarks until those three courses were disclosed by the Government. Mr. Hutchinson said that he agreed with Mr Ballance that the course he had directed was the proper one to pursue. He only wished to say that such of Mr Hislop's statements as were correct he knew before. In reply Mr Hislop said that he had offered to put the Government's case before the Committee and to give full details of the Government accounts for the last six years, but Mr Hutchison had objected to that course. The subject then dropped.
PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890
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