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Parliamentary Gossip.

(BY TELEGRAPH—FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) Wellington, August 7. The Labor Bills Committee have practically completed their review of the Truck Bill, which is intended to prohibit payment of workmen's wages in goods, or. otherwise than in money. The principal amendments made are those which extend the definition of "workman," so as to make it include all classes of persons employed in manual labor, to enable payment to be made with workmen's consent by cheque on any Bank, instead of limiting cheque payments to those drawn in some bank within eight miles, as originally proposed. Some alterations have been made in the penalty clauses, and new sections are added—(l) Exempting all farms and sheep or cattle stations from the operation of the Bill, and (2) —Making all contracts for public works, and contracts and sub-contracts, 1 railways, or road making, strictly subject to anti-truck provisions. Some surprise has been expressed that Ministers whose banking arrangements have been attacked should have entrusted their Parliamentary defence to the Minister of Education. It is the Hon. Mr Hislop who always gets up to. explain or defend or attempt to reply to the Hutchison attack. The reason for the brief being entrusted to him is very easily explained. He managed to wriggle so successfully through charges of a different kind made against himself in the WardChristie case that his colleagues are now, of course, anxious to avail themselves of his experience. That, so the Opposition say, is how he has become Parliamentary champion of those Ministers assailed. With reference to the protest of the Canterbury Fruit-Growers Association against what they evidently fear will be a permanent appointment of Mr Allan Wright, of Auckland, as Government entomologist, lam authorised to say no such appointment was ever contemplated.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890