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consider and report on the possibility o devising a system of appointing an execu tive government such as may be free from the evils of the present system, the Commiltee to consist of Messrs Saunders, Tanner, Steward, Samuel, Verrall, O'Connor, Monk, Newman, and Russell, i He spoke at some length m support of the motion, and said the present system was not government by party but government by faction. Major Steward seconded the amend- j ment, and said if it cost a whole session to devise some means of altering the present system of party government it would be time well spent, and he felt sure the question would yet be taken up by the entire colony. Mr Tanner strangly supported the amendment, and deplored the evils ef party government. Mr O'Connor regretted that a subject of so much importance should be brought up as a motion to intercept supply. He felt that some reform m party Government was urgently desirable and would vote for the amendment, not because he altogether approved of ps, but to express his dissatisfaction m the Avorking of the present system. Mr Saunders hoped that Sir John Hall's name would be added to the committee. He warmly approved of the amendment. Dr Newman did not believe a change of system m the Government would effect a very great revolution m the country, and he would therefore oppose the amendment. Mr Taylor and Mr Harkness also spoke against the amendment. Mr Ward recognised that there was something radically wr^ng m our present system of Government, and would vote for the amendment. The amendment was lost by 27 to 25. COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY. Postal and Telegraph Department, General Post Office—£9l6o. Mr Mitchelson said increases m the Department amounted to £5000, most of which was on salaries under £200, and he hoped the House would not make any reductions m the vote. Mr Fish said he intended to divide the committee on the superintendent's salary, which he thought should be reduced from £700 to £600. Mr Ballance suggested that Mr Fish should accept a reduction of £50 on Dr Lemon's salary. Mr Fish agreed to this and moved a reduction of £50, which was lost by 26 to 14, and the vote passed without alteration. The chief offices and sub offices— £130,939. The vote was agreed to. Telegraph cable subsidies £309, telegraph and cable repairs £3000, conveyance of mails by sea £35,487, conveyance of inland mails £25,070, carriage of mails by railway £1000, miscellaneous £46,512.— Agreed to. Progress was reported, and the House rose at 1.26 a.m.

The House met at 2.30 p.m. THE RAILWAYS AND VAIXE's .SYSTEM. Mi- Harkness brought up the report of th.v coiuHiitUu> on several petitions that had been presented with refrenco to the /adoption of the Vaile system of low rates on the railways of the colony. The report stated that as the railways were now by Act under the pomplete control of Railway Commissioner* they were the best judges of the proper method- of working them. The committee considered that all the petitions should bo referred to the Commissioners for their consideration. The report was ordered to lie on the table." '' THE PUBLIC WORKS pEPAKTMENT. In answer to Mr Thompson (Marsden), j jyfj. Fergus said the total abolition of the j Public Works Department was an impossibility so long as there were public works to be carried on, such as the Midland Railway and other works for which con- ' to^fcsj were let. The fGovernment still intended fa? further reduce this .department and to .only maintain a stafl of officers necessary for th« supervising of i wubjic buildings now unxler its control, I and jjaijjjff works that Avere being constructed. INTKUGEPTtNW HVWL*, On the motion that the House gQ into Committee of Supply Mr Hodr.'kin!;mi moved as anamend- ' menfc that a Committee be appointed to

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2493, 16 August 1890

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