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The House met at 7.30 p.m. THE MEMBER, FOB TIMAfiTJ. Mr Hall-Jones, the newly elected member for Timaru, took the oath and his seat. THE MIDLAND KAII/VVAY. Replying to Sir John Hall, Mr Mitchelson said that the Government had considered the question brought to their notice last week by a deputation of members, urging a deviation of the Midland Railway by lake Brunner. They j would introduce a Bill containing a clause providing for the proposed deviation being carried out after an Order-in-Council had been issued, but they could not issue that Order-in-Council till the Belgrove section was well under weigh, j and the money provided for that section. WJBSTPORT-NGAKAWAU KAILWAY BILL. Mr Fish resumed the debate on the , Westport-Ngakawan Railway Bill, and spoke at some length agains 1) it. He strongly objected to the second reading on the ground that the policy of the Government and the House had been declared to be that they would not construct any more railways or raise any fresh loans for such a purpose, because it was not right to appropriate moneys especially authorised to be raised for one purpose to another, and also because other lines of greater importance were left unfinished. Mr Bruce warmly supported the Bill, and maintained that it was the duty of the Government to make the line. Mr Richardson would like to see the Bill withdrawn, but he would supI port the Government if they brought m another measure authorising the company to construct new lines. Sir George Grey and Dr Hodgkinson opposed the Bill. Mr Harknoss, m supporting the Bill, said that if the line were completed it wonld improve the harbor and increase its revenue. Mr Smith would vote for Mr Ward's amendment that the Bill be postponed m order that the Government might have an opportunity of including m the Bill other unfinished lines. Mr Feldwick moved the adjournment cf the debate. Lost by 29 to 27. Mr Walker said that he would certainly oppose what was nothing more nor less than a proposal to construct a continuous siding for a private company. Dr Fitehett moved the adjournment of the House, for he felt that unless this Bill were disposed of no business would be transacted that evening. Mr O'Connor deprecated the. action of certain members who, under the pretence of saving time, were doing everything m i their power to, obstruct the Bill. Only j the Union Company's vessels could now f*et coal on ne West Coast, and one of the objects of the Mokihinui Company which was urging the Westport-Ngakwau railway extension was to establish free trade m coal. Further, the Union Company were so contriving to limit the output of coal so as to raise the pi\ce that it made the reduced yield of \Vutitpprt mines serve its purpose, and by shutting up the Grey Vajley minea sayed a ilay's steaming on their vessels. • , 1 Mr Kfobbs supported the BilV He declared that there was a " coal rj^g" throughout the House, and members who were large shareholders m the coal comI panics -/"oiil 1 'i>t bo i.'.Vo'W.kl to vote on I the Bill.

Mr Taylor spoke m opposition to the Bill. Mr Fisher Gpulcl not see that the passing of this Bill would m any way break up the great coal monopoly that was now possessed by the U.S.S. Company. Dr Fitchett's motion was negatived on the voices. Mr Ward's amendment for postponing the Bill so that the Government might include m it other unfinished lines, was lost by 30 to 20. The second reading of the Bill was agreed to on the voices. SECOND READINGS. The Oaths Bill, the Cen.sus.Act Amendment Bill, the Dentists Act Amendment Bill, the Horomana Paatu Land Grant Bill, the Education Reserves Act Amendment Bill, the Arbitration Bill, the Mercantile Agents Bill, the Volunteer Drillshed and Lands Bill, the Trustees Validation Bill, and the Companies Act Amendment Bill were read a second time. The House rose at midnights

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2501, 26 August 1890

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