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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

The Council met at 2.30 p.m. MINISTEBIAL STATEMENT. Mr Mifcchelson rose to make & Ministerial statement with respect to the order of business for the remainder of the session. He said that the House was no doubt aware that an arrangement had been atrived at between the Government and the leader of the Opposition on this subject. It had been arranged that the jmjw Parliament was to meet on the 9th April next, and m the event of Parliament; being called together earlier, the Public Revenue Act, so far as this year s appropriation was concerned, would cease to have any application after 31st March, 1891. He might say that the Govern-1 roent intended to follow this course since the session commenced, and he had mti-1 mated that m his speech on the 13th July. As to the Estimates, the Opposition would iiare a right, of course, to criticise them, but an understanding had been arrived at that they should curtail their speeches. It had ako been agreed that the federation proposals should be proceeded with before the House prorogued, and arrangements had been made for the passage of the following Bills: —Employers Liability Bill, Shipping and Seamens Act 1 Amendment Bill, Truck Bill, Educational j Reserve Leasing Bill, Todman Land Grant; Bill Coal Mines Act Amendment Bill, Mining Companies Bill, Childrens'Protection Act Amendment Bill, Oaths Bill, Census Act Amendment Bill, Factories and Shops Bill, Law of Libel Bill, Native Land Acts Amendment Bill, Horonaona Platau Land Grant Bill, Electoral Acts Amendment Bill, Arbitration Bill, Mercantile Acts Amendment Bill. There were a few other Bills that the Government consider necessary which would be put through if not seriously opposed. The first one was j to enable the Registrars o£ Electors to! commence the preparation of the new rolls m order that the elections might be held as soon as possible. The second Bill was to classify the Pwst and Telegraph Department. The third one was to amend the Government Insurance Act m the direction of allowing those >yho had insured under the temperance section to participate m the bonus system. He hoped that the arrangements so made would tend to facilitate the course of business for the rest of the session. Mr Ballance said that if the House admitted that it was desirable the session should close as speedily as possible, some arrangement of the kind referred to by Mr Mifcchelson was necessarr. The hon. gentleman had just informed the House, iofc, however, as fully as he (Mr Ballance) had expected, as to the arrangements that had been concluded between Mr Bryce and himself (Mr Ballance). Mr Mitcheison had stated that; the Government had all along intended to ask for supplies to the 31st March, but that was the first he (Mr Ballance) had heard of it. £[is impression was thafc the Government h*d contended for full supplies. As to Mr Mitchelson's statement that the Opposition should be at liberty to criticise the Estimates?, he wished to state that he never for p, moment contemplated that tthey should not have that liberty, but the only stipulation was that members should curtail their speeches. He thought that the House would admit that it was desirable that the federation r^ojutions ehould be proceeded with this session. A.B to the labor Bijls, he hoped that the whole of those' measures would be passed before the House rose, With recard to the other Bills on the paper the Government must take the responsibility for such measures, for instance such as the Westport-Ngakawau Railway Bill. While it was desirable that the swsion should close as soon as possible, lie thought that it was also desirable that the elections should take place without any unnecessary delay. Another question which he should like to call attention to was that m case of the elections going very decidedly against Ministers, the Government should adopt the usual constitutional practice of resigning- before the House met, and he understood that the Government would take that course. If there was any doubt, however, that the elections were not adverse to the Government they would, he presumed, waft till the new Parliament met m the ordinary way. He wished to remind the House that although the arrangement referred to had been made, it mno way deprived members of their rights, and there was nothing unconstitutional m what had been done. In reply to an hon. member as to Mr Justice Edwards' appointment, Mr Ballance said that all Bills not mentioned by Mr Mitcheison were to be dropped under the proposed arrangement, A discussion lasting more jthan two j hours, followed. Replying to Mr Fish, Captain Russell stated that the Government; would during the recess consider carefully the question of establishing a police superannuation fund. women's electoral franchise. Sir John Hall introduced a Bill to confer the electoral franchise on women, The House rose at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. INTEUCEPTIWG SUPPLY. On the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr Izard moved as an amendment that, m the opinion of this House, tit is that Sir Julius Vogal should be precluded from proceeding with iiia petition dE right on the ground that Ms petition w»s not filed within twelve Months after his claim' or demand arose, -or on the ground of #ny Statute of Limitations. He disclaimed any social or political connection with Sir Julius Yogel. His sole object was to ensure that the the claim should not be met by any technical objection, sitfh objection being, m his opinion, unworthy of the honor and dignity of the colony, Mr Mitcheison hoped timfc ibl.ie amendment would be withdrawn, or if &q\>, the Government would be compelled to .oppose it. The matter had been referred to the Public Accounts Committee, find if their recommendation ■was m accordance with the terms of the amendment, the Government would consider the question. After a short discussion, the amendment was lost on the voices. COMMITTEE OP SUPPLY, The House went into Committee of Simtvlv for consideration of the Estimates.. Jfiuciition-Hend Office, £2075. Mr MtfKenzie (Waihemo) moved that fSO be #fcJ-iick off the salary of the Secretary **4 fcispector-General (£600). The motion van lost by 62 t0.16. Mr Saunders UioW to strike out the vote altogether. The motion was lost by 34 to 16, ■ Public Schools~£344,2U.

Mr Brown moved to reduce the vote, £332,250 Grants to Education Boards, by £32,358, m order to lower the maximum education to the fourth standard. The motion was lost by 47 to 2, and the vote passed without alteration. Native Schools—£ls,ooo. Mr Thompson (Marsden) moved to strike out the item organising inspector (£450), with the view of compelling the Government to hand over these schools to the Education Boards. Mr Goldie moved to reduce the vote by £3700, as an indication that the capitation vote should be reduced to £4 ss, cr 10s more than that paid m respect of European schools. Mr Thompson withdrew his amendment, j Mr Hislop asked Mr Goldie to withdraw i his amendment. He (Mr Hislop) would then agree to a reduction of £700 from the vote as an indication that the change of transferring Native schools to the Education Boards should be gradually made. Mr Goldie agreed to this, and the vote as reduced by £700 was carried. Industrial Schools—£lo,ooo. Mr Goldie moved to reduce this vote by £3500, so as to bring the cost of maintaining the children down to £15 per head. The motion was lost by 31 to 15. Several other attempts to reduce this vote were unsuccessful, and it passed without alteration. School for deaf muten—£292s. All attempts to reduce this vote r e suited m failure, and it passed intact. [Left sitting at 2 a.m.]

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890

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