THURSDAY, AUGUST 21. The Council met at 2.30 p.m. GOVERNMENT LIFE INSURANCE BILL. On the motion of Sir Frederick Whitaker, the Government Life Insurance Bill, which provides that the nett profits shall be distributed every three instead of every five years, and also divides the temperance section into persons who have been temperate all their lives, and those who in later life had adopted temperance prinrfples, was passed. BILL PASSED. The Otago School Commissioners Em-1 powering Bill was read a third time and passed. The Council rose at 4.10 p.m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House met afc 2.30 p.m. THE HUTCHISON CHARGES. Major Steward (Waimate) brought up the report of the Reporting Debates Committee on the manuscript and proof sheets of Mr Hutchison's speech, making certain charges against the Government The report was to the effect that no material alteration had been made in the speech, and that the corrections were mainly literary ones. Mr Hislop said that he thought it right to inform the House that lie had gone through Mr Hutchison's manuscript and Jound th»fc it contained many more alfcera* tions than he had expected. In the part of the speech referring to the charges against the Government there were 1867 words, or 359 more than appeared in the original manuscript?. Of the 1508 words originally in the manuscript, 309, or more than one-fifth were struck out by Mr Hutchison, leaving 1189 words to which had been added 678 word's, that was to say, that over one-third of the speech as it now appeared in Hansard was not made by Mr Hutchison in the House. The portion of the speech referring to the charges against the Government did not occupy more than two pages of Hansard, and yet it contained one hundred alterations from the original manuscript. He quoted a large number of interpolations and corrections made in the speech, and proceeded to say that the speech now appearing in Hansard was much stronger against the Government than that actually delivered in the House, and that Mr Hutchison had taken advantage of his privilege as a member to emphasise those charges by altering his manuscript. Mr Thompson (Marsden) moved that the report and evidence taken before the Committee be printed. Major Steward (Waimate), as Chairman of the Committee, said that it was quite true that the Committee had found a great many alterations in the speech, but in a large number of cases they did not interfere with the sense of the speech, and if the House would bear that in mind it would greatly discount the tabulated statement of corrections quoted by Mr Hislop. He (Major Steward) could distinctly say that the charges which Mr Hutchison made in the House were not materially affected by the alterations. After some discussion Mr Pyke moved that the report be referred back to the Committee for further consideration. Sir George Grey asked the Speaker whether it would not be a breach of privilege to allow a Select Committee's proceedings to be used for the purpose of bringing an action against a member of the House. The Speaker said it was for the House itself to decide. Sir George Grey thought the Government should give some reply to his question. Mr Mitchelson said that ih would be time to answer the question when a breach of privilege had been committed. Mr Thompson's addition to the report as to printing the evidence and minutes of proceedings of the Committe, was •arried on the voices, and the report was ordered to lie on the table. The House rose at 5.30 p.m. The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. THE SHEEP BILL. The Sheep Bill was further considered in Committee. A new clause, 72, tattoo marks and ear marks on sheep, was struck out. The Bill was reported with amendments. ELECTORAL BILL, The House went into Committee on the Electoral Acts Amendment, Bill. Clause s—Candidates to be nominated by five electors. On the motion of Mr Smith "two' was inserted instead of " five." The clause was altered so as to provide that nominations may reach the returning officers seven days before polling day instead of ten days. Clause 7—Deposit by candidate of £10, which shall be forfeited if the candidate does not poll one-tenth of the number of votes polled by the successful candidate. A motion to strike out this clause was lost by 58 to 20. Clause 10 was altered so that candidates may withdraw from the contest five days from polling day instead of three days, Clause 21. Vote may be given by a seaman in any pa,rt of the colony. The clause was agreed to after a long discussion. A new clause to the effect that no intoxicating liquor shall bs given or sold at any election during the hours of polling was struck out. Sir John Hall moved a new clause as follows:—"For all purposes connected with and having reference to the right of voting in the election of members of the House of Representatives Avords importing the masculine gender shall include women." Mr Kerr strongly opposed the clause, and said that several members were prepared to stonewall the claus.e fqr several nights if necessary. Mr Fish thought that it was a most extraordinary proceeding for Sir John Hall to seek to insert a clause of this kind in an important Bill and in an expiring Parliament. Dr Hodgkinson appealed to Sir John Hall fon the sake of decency and from, a political point of view to withdraw the clause, which he though b wovtfd. cfeokro a social revolution. Mr Ballance moved a proviso that the clause shall not come into operation until January, 1893. He considered that it was inconvenient to enact a clause of this kind on the eve of a general election. Mr Hislop hoped that Sir John Hail would not press his clause, VfhioJi would jeopardise the p^ing. oft the. Bill. Sir JjG.hn Hall regretted Ministers' attitude, but if Mr Hislop would agree to put in a favorable position the Bx\} fox female suffrage which he had iutoxtiiccd, he should withdraw his, clause^ Mr Mcl^en&ie (ofuth») opposed the olfiusG, and said that several members, who had previously supported it, did so as a practical iok.p, Mr 'McKenzie said that it was rank folly for the House to put such an important provision on their statute book without consulting the peapje of the colony, After a lengthy discussion a motion to report progress was lost, and eventually the clause was struck out by 26 to 19. [Left sitting at 2 a.m.]
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