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The House met at 2.30 p.m. GOVBRIfHBNT BUSINESS. After some discussion, a motion by Mr Mitchelson, that during the remainder of the session Government business take precedence of all other business on Thursday, was agreed to on the voices. THE MAHONEY PETITION. Mr Mitchelson said that the Cabinet had agreed to put on the supplementary estimates the amount of £325 as assessed to Daniel Mahoney by the Public Petitions Committee, but they would reserve to themselves the right of taking what action they considered necessary when those estimates were before the House. INTERCEPTING SUPPLY. On the motion of going into Committee of Supply, Mr Pratt moved as an amendment that m order to encourage the settlement of Native lands it is expedient that the duty payable on Native land should be reduced from 10 per cent, to 5 per cent., and made payable annually instead of m a lump sum. He pointed out that a Committee of the House had recommended that relief should be granted m the direction ask for, and the Premier had promised last year that lie would consider the matter during the recess. But as. far has he (Mr Pratt; could learn, nothing whatever had been done. The excessive duty retarded the settlement of Native lands both m the North and South Island. Mr Ward seconded the amendment, and said that the duty weighed very heavily on people who desired to take'up'leases of Native lands. Mr Arthur felt sure that if this duty were reduced a very much larger area of native land would be taken up for settlement. Mr Walker hoped that the House would concur with the Premier's remarks last session, that this duty was very politic m its present form. Several other members having spoken, Mr Mitchelson said that the Government could not accept the amendment. They could not afford to remit such a large amount as 5 per cent, on sales of land, but he would- promise to bring m a Bill this /session to give as much relief as possible to tho^ natives who desired to lease their lands. The motion for going into Committee of Supply was lost by 35 to 27, and Mr Pratt's amendment was carried. Mr Seddon moved a further amendment to the effect that machinery used m colonial industries and mines, and agricultural implements should be exempt from the property tax. Mr Marchant said that only last session the Government had brought down a Bill to give effect to this principle, and it was most strenuously opposed by the Opposition. The amendment was simply another deliberate attempt on the part of certain members to waste the time of the House. Mr Fish strongly resented Mr Marchant's remarks. TJ]S debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m.. adjournment. The House resumed at 8.30 p.m. Mr Seddon's amendment was lost by 39 fco 34, and the House went int|O Committee of Supply for consideration of the Estimates. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY, Stock branch—£2B,s92, Mr Taylor asked whether the £2700 for the importation of stoa^ and weasels had not been already spent. Mr Richardson said that about two* thirds of the vote had been spent but the expenditure would cease now. Mr Taylor moved that the vote be strock out. After a discussion lasting three hours the motion for opjftting the item was lost by 40 to 11, Mr T. Thompson moved that the vote £2700 be reduced by £2500 as an indication that the total vote should be reduced. Lost by 27 to 9. A motion to reduce the vote by £1000 was lost. Mr Thomson moved tn reduce the vote contingencies £500 by £250. Lost by 23 to 7, Mr Lawry moved to reduce the item to rabbit agents, Auckland, £300 by £200. Lost by 20 to 11. The total vote £28,592 then passed i without alteration. Justice department—£l26o. A lengthy discussion ensued on this vote, which wag still proceeding at 2 a.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890