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PARLIAMENTARY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The House met at 2.30 p.m. ELECTIVE pOVEBNMBNT, - , The Hon. E. Mitchelson moved, that! the House will, at ifes rising, adjourn to Monday next, afc, half-past 7 p.m., /for consideration of Major Steward s motion relating to an elective form of government. ..'■"■■■...■ Mr Saunders moved, as an addition to: the motion, "Also, Mr Saunders' motion relating to the Property tax.'' Mr Fish moved an amendment—" Thai the House should meet for the consideration of local Bills only." He said he felt sure that if Monday were devoted to Major Steward's motion it would be simply wasted ; and even if the motion were carried it would result m nothing. iHMr Seddon moved to insert " Tuesday" instead of Monday. He saw no good to be gained by the consideration of Major Steward's resolution. That could be done at election time. Major Steward (Waimate) strongly, urged on the House to vote for his motion, and said all he asked was an opportunity to have a debate on this important question. He admitted : that it would take seven or eight years before the Colony was educated Up to adopting the proposal contained, m his resolution. After considerable discussion, Mr Peacock moved the adjournment of the debate. Lost by 36 to 32. Mr Seddon's amendment was lost by 33 to 31. Mr Allan then moved—" That. th« House do now proceed to the orders # tilt

Carried by 37 to 30, and consequently Major Steward's motion was shelved. , mr Hutchison's charges. The Hon T. W. Hislop gave notice to move on Tuesd*y that the manuscript report and proofs of the speech of the member for Waitotara, made on July 2 last containing accusations against the Government, be referred to the Reporting and Debates Committee for comparison with the "Hansard" report. Mr Hutchinson, by way of personal explanation, said he had received a letter from Mr Hislop on this question, which showed that the Minister for Education was under a misapprehension. He had been previously challenged by Mr Hislop to say whether or not he had altered his speech made m the House before he sent it to the Premier, and he now desired to state that any corrections he made m the speech were necessary ones. He had no objection to any persons investigating whether or not the report was a correct version of what he had stated m the House. THH HONORARIUM. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr Stewart (Dunedin West) moved as an amendment—" That having regard to the reductions which the House has been making m the Estimates, and especially m the salaries of Civil Servants, with a view to further retrenchment the House should resolve to reduce the honorarium paid to members by £50 per session, and that the Government be requested to bring m a Bill this session to grre effect to this proposal." He said he did not want to occupy the time of the House, but he pointed out that if members were not prepared to sacrifice themselves, they had no right to reduce the salaries of the Civil Servants as they were doing. Mr Brown seconded the amendment pro forma. Mr Buxton was m favor of raising the honorarium instead of reducing it. He also looked on the amendment as a joke. Mr. Reeves (Inangahua) said if Mr Stewart had moved to abolish the honorarium altogether, he should support it; but lie could not vote for the amendment. Mr Fisher also regarded the proposal as a joke. The honorarium was the meanest recompense to members for the time they spent attending the sittings of the House. Mr Pyke thought £300 a year was not too much for members to receive. The amendment was put and lost by 49 to 20 IN COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. The House went into Committee of Supply for consideration of the Estimates. Mines and Lands department—lnspecting Engineer, £500. Mr Grimmond's motion to strike out ihe item, Inspecting Engineer, £500, was lost on the voices. Mr Goldie'a motion, to reduce the item £500, by £50, was lost by 24 to 17. Mr Fish moved to reduce the item, three Inspectors of Mines, one at £325, two at £250, by £275. Mr Fergus suggested that the extra Inspector at £250 should be allowed to to remain, and that the Committee might strike off the extra £25 given to the Chief Inspector. Mr Fish agreed to that. Item reduced by £25, by 13 to 11. Geoglogical and Meteorological Department, £3350. Mr Fisher moved to reduce the vote by £675. Carried on the voices. Mr Thompson moved to reduce the miscellaneous vote £12,540, by £1500, including £500 for the School of Mines, Ofcago University ; reducing the Thames and Reefton School of Mines, £1200, by £100,- reducing by £400 for special representation at Dunedin, and at the Paris Exhibition ; striking out £200 for assay and metallurgy inspection, Dunedin University, and £500 of the vote for contingencies, £2000. After considerable discussion, The Hon T. Fergus said he was willing to take £1000 off the total vote if it were left to his discretion to make reductions m the vote where he thought most desirable. Mr Thompson's motion to reduce by £1500 was lost by 19 to 15. Mr Thompson (Marsden) moved to reduoe the vote by £1475. Mr Thompson (Auckland North) said attar the last division it was hopeless to endeavour to effect a reduction. (Left sitting at 2 a.m.)

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2487, 9 August 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2487, 9 August 1890

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