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The House met at 2.30 p.m. BILLS PASSED. The Patea Harbour Board Bill, Otago School Commissioners Empowering Bill, Waipu County Bill, and the Omaka Recreation Reserve Bills were committed, read a third time, and passed. BILL REFERRED' The Gisborne Harbour Act, 1884, Amendment Bill was referred to the Public Accounts Committee. BILL DISCHARGED. The Lyttelton Harbour Board Land Act Amendment Bill was discharged from the Order Paper. ALLEGES DUMMYISJI. Mr Fulton brought up the report of the Waste Lands Committee on a charge of dummysim preferred by Mr Duncan, the member for Waitaki, against Mr Thomas McKenzie, member for Clutha. The report was to the effect that the charges against Mr McKenzie were disbroved. j Mr Rhodes, as one of the Committee, thought it unfair of Mr Duncan to allow such a serious charge against Mr McKenzie to remain for such a long period. He should have retracted the charge when he found that he had been misled. The Committee had gone very fully into the matter, and had found that there was neither gridironing nor dummyism on Mr McKenzie's part. Mr Duncan retorted that the Committee had not gone fully into the papers connected with this matter. The charges he had made he considered were conclusively proved with the exception of dummyism which he had made inadvertently, and had no intention of doing. After some discussion the report was ordered to lie on the table. INTERCEPTING SUPPLY. On the motion that the- House go into Committee of Supply, Mr Reeves (Inangahua) moved an amendment affirming the necessity for a change m the incidence of taxation m the direction of removing the duties on tea, sugar, and other necessaries of life, and removing and altering all duties that press unequally on the working classes, the abolition of the Property-tax, and the imposition of an Income-tax on absentees, or a graduated Incline tax on all incomes m the colony over £300j>e'r annum, and a Land-tax on a sliding scale. The amendment was put and negatived without discussion, and the House went into Committee of Supply for consideration of the Estimates. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. Crown Lands Department—£lß,2oo. Mr Fish moved to reduce by £50 the salary of the Commissioner of Crown Lands of Nelson and Westland, £450. Mr Grimmond moved that the* vota be struck out altogether. The discussion was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m. adjournment. The House resumed at, 7.30 p.m. During the course of the discussion which ensued on the motion for striking out the vote £450, for the Nelson Crown Lands Commissioner, Mr Richardson stated'that the ■Committee m their zeal for economy were going m exactly the opposite direction. If this officer's salary were struck'out an officer would have to be appointed to perform im duties, and no saving would be effected, but the reverse, as the officer was entitled to a large retiring allowance. ' ■■>- The motion for omitting the- item was curried by 37 to 32. Dr Fitchett moved that the item, £500, Commissioner of Crown Lands, Dunedin, be struck out. Mr Perceval suggested that the Vote be reduced by £5 as an indication that this officer should not be re-appointed. Mr Richardson agreed to that. Mr Perceval moved that the vote be reduced by £1, which was agreed to on the voices, the motion to strike out the vote being lost. Mr Thompson (Auckland North) moved to strike out the item contribution to vote "mines" Invercargill, £115. Ths motion was agreed to. Mr Lawry moved to reduced the item £6500, for travelling expenses, advertising rent of offices, and extra clerical assistance by £1000. The reduction was agreed to. A motion to strike out the vote of £500 expenses to maintain the thermal springs at the Hammer plains was lost, at also was a motion to reduce the item by £100. Survey department £72,378 Mr Fish moved that the item, "SurveyorGeneral £750" be reduced by £100 Mr Richardson said if the Committee pursued that course they wonld make themselves ridiculons m the eyes of the <JK>untry, Mr Perceval explained that he would vote for this and all other reductions m order to force the Civil Service classification. He felt satisfied that the proper way was amalgamation, not reduction, but he hoped the Committee would reduce large as well as small salaries so that classification of the Civil Service would be forced on the Government. Mr Peacock accused, Mr Fish of acting m a haphazard manner m moving his reductions. Mr Fish repudiated this and said everyone of those gentlemen whose salaries they were trying to reduce would, not obtain as much money m nriva,te 'business, Mr Thompson (Auckland North) moved that the reduction be £50 instead of £100, After a long discussion Mr Fish altered his motion to one to reduce the salary by £50 instead of £100, and this was carried by 30 to 25. Mr Richardson appealed to the Committee if it was desirous of keeping open Crown lands for .settlement to deal liberally with the survey vote. He asked the Committee to let that vote go m one block, and he was quite prepared to, g^ve an assurance th^t lie sl),o:ii]d; take off all increases qh s-ijarioc over £200. On the motion of Mr Fish, the salary of the superintendent of the head office, was reduced by £25, and the item eight chief surveyors at £3885, by £200. The two chief surveyors (Otago, and Nelson), £950 were reduped' £25 each ; th,e ten chief draughtsmen by £30, and forty-five assistant draughtsmen by £35. Several other items were attacked, but without success, and the total vote for the Survey Department was reduced from £72,378 to £71,985, and passed. Mr Seddon moved to report progress. This was agreed to. The House rose at 1.20 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890