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The battle of the session, which has been raging with varying force during the past eight weeks, shows signs of approaching its termination. Never m the history of the New Zealand Legislature has there been a nacre blundering Government or, a condition of greater disorganisation on the Government side. Numerically the Ministerial party are strong enough to carry all before them, but instead of this, they can carry nothing except by the permission and with the aid of the Opposition. The discipline of the latter has this year manifestly improved, and, aS m regard to protective duties two sessions ago, they carried their own policy by means of the agency of the Government, so also this session they have insisted upon and effected a real and substantial retrenchment. It was, further, evident m face of their determined front, and with time fighting m their favor, that it was hopeless for Ministers to continue a struggle which could result only m defeat all along the line ; and m view of these facts, it is satisfactory to know that the two' sides have conferred together, and agreed to terms which will bring the session to a close within three, or at most four weeks. These terms are thatj while there shall be full latitude to effeot reductions on the Estimates, there shall be no obstruction ; that supply shall be granted to the close of the financial year, but that the usual privilege of Ministers to carry on without appropriation for three months shall be withdrawn, thus compelling the calling together of the new Parliament early m April; that the elections shall be held as early as possible ; that the Labor Bills and certain necessary and unopposed Bills should be pasjs,e^ } and all others dropped; an,d. that the question of the or otherwise of Judge Edwards' appointment shall stand over for decision by the new Parliament. These terms are a,s. favorable as the Government oojiM expect, while they are, &t the same time, a proof that the Opposition holds the keys of the situation. The country will be glad to see a prospect of an early termination of the, present unsatisfactory session, and the only pity is that there has been so much time wasted, and that such a mass of necessary legislation is postponed until a more convenient sĀ»eason. Year after year it becomes, increasingly evident that there is something radically wrong with our Parliamentary and Governmental machinery, for the invariable story is that two-thirds of the time is wasted, a third of the work neglected, and the remainder done so badly as to necessitate a constant succession oi patchings and mendings. A, reform is badly wanted.

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COMING TO TERMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890

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COMING TO TERMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2495, 19 August 1890