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PARLIAMENTARY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. i LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. ■ ' _-___- i BILL THROWN OUT. Mr Pharazyn moved that the Truck Bill (which had passed the Lower House) be committed that day three months, which, after a debate, was agreed to by 12 to 10. THE SHEEP BILL. The Sheep Bill was passed through committee, thie« new clauses referring to tattoo and ear marks being inserted. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The House met at 2.30 p.m. THE STRIKE. Mr Fish moved the adjournment of the House to enable him to refer to a telegram .which he had received, to the effect that the Pukaki sailed from Auckland lately with only one competent man on board, and asking him to bring the matter before the House. In connection with this, he (Mr Fish) said the Collector of Customs had been misreporfced when he was. mentioned m the papers as having said m reply to a deputation that there" was no clause m the Shipping and Seamen's Act which compelled a vessel to carry any particular number of seamen. He thought that it was the duty of the Government to see that vessels were properly manned. No one would object to the Union Steamship Company filling their vessels, with non-union men, provided that those men were competent to perform their duties. If a heavy storm or other extraordinary occurrence should happen it was absolutely necessary that steamers should be fully manned with competent men. The Unionists since the struggle commenced had been most orderly "and exemplary. That being so-why should those men be threatened by the presence oi soldiers m uniform, and the erection of barricade.*

on the wharves ? The unnecessary display of a body of soldiers on the Wellington wharf on Saturday afternoon was move calculated to create a riot than anything else that had yet occurred.

Mr Tanner ventured to assert that the anxiety displayed by tbeMariumc Council as to steamers being properly manned was duo inoro tothoir desire to see the wtwi menstopped altogether than for the welfare of the public. Mr Hall-Jofies considered that the Government and the House should do nothing

to embitter parties m the labor difficulty. Mr Bruce said every member of the House should studiously refrain from uttering one word which would be likely to intensify the present conflict. Mr Ballance said that he had waited to hear some member of the Government make some reply to Mr Fish's remarks. He had charged the Government with an unnecessary display of military power, which was not required and was calculated to irritate the men. If there was any probability of a disturbance occuiing it would be time enough to call out the military power, and he thought that the action of the Government m this respect deserved the censure of the House The Government, he considered, should propose a board of conciliation to settle matters of this kind, With respect to the Railway Commissioners he failed to see how they could justify their action m asking the railway laborers to perform wharf duty. [Mr Mitchelson : "shortness of coal."] He did.not think that was the reason, as he had been informed that the Commissioners had three months' supply of coal on hand. His own opinion was that this strike would not last long, but it would be settled m Australia. In the meantime all they demanded of the Government was strict impartiality. Captain Russell said that the Government were so determined to keep a neutral attitude m this struggle that he should not refer to the attacks that were made on

them by various members. So long as he (Captain Russell) held office he should do all m his power to preserve order m

the country. As to Mr Fish's remarks about an armed force, he could say that there was no armed force at all. It had been represented that a disturbance might possibly srise. The barricade on the wharf had been broken down m the morning, and the artillery were present m their civilian capacity to assist the police if necessary. The Government, he might .say, greatly deplored this struggle, but it was strictly their duty +o see that the I peace of the colony was maintained. As to the Railway Commissioners' action, was it nofc possible that, recognising that the. whole q( the railway system depended on the shipping of coal, <jhqy had requested their men to load trucks for the steamers ? With respect to vessels leaving ports without a proper number of seamen, he pointed out that there was no statute compelling the Government to provide for that. He finally said that the l^aintciifince of law and order was for the Government alone to consider. Upon them lay the responsibility, and they were aware of its consequence. Sir George Grey suggested that the House might appoint a Committee to act m the matter, Such Committee, m his opinion, might interfere m fchis great struggle without taking either side.

Mr Mackenzie (Mouut Ida) pointed out that the difficulty would never have arisen if the House had agreed to pass the Strikes and Arbitration Bill brought m by Mr Downie Stewart, a Bill which was strongly opposed by some members who now wished to see a settlement of the present dispute. Major Steward (Waimate) thought that much of what had been said that aftei\ noon would have a good tendency. The debate was interrupted by the 5.30 p.m. adjournment,.

COMMITTjBJ? OF SUPPLY. The House resumed at 7.30 and went into Committee of Supply. _ Working railways—£67B,ooo. After a discussion lasting three hours, the vote was reduced by £565.

Public buildings — £35,515. After several attempts had been made to reduce the items by sums ranging from £14,265 to £7500 a reduction of £6000 was agreed to on the voices. School buildings—£so,ooo, (Left Sitting.) *■«»

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2507, 2 September 1890

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