The Ashburton Gurardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1890. THE APPROACHING PROROGATION.
The Parliamentary session is rapidly drawing to a close, and Ministers are doing their utmost to force on a speedy prorogation. The members of Government, and the Opposition also, recognise that if the House, as at present constituted, were to sit continually for the next ten years, nothing m the shape of useful legislation would result. Neither the Government nor the Opposition can command a majority of votes. Members who vote to-day with the Opposition will be found to-morrow voting with the Government, and so the time has passed from clay to day, until members have now suddenly awakened to the fact that it is time to go home. Measures of vast importance to the welfare of the people of the colony have been introduced during the session, but party spirit and petty faction hare prevented these from being debated on their merits. The only practical work standing to the credit of the present Parliamentary session is the effort, partly successful, to cut down the Estimates and abolish Primage taxation. Any other measures of importance that have passed the Lower House have been slaughtered m the Upper Chamber, and debates m both Houses hare been characterised by a long-windedness, the object of which would seem to be to kill time rather than to promote earnest work. This all points to the fact that, however successful Government by Party may be m other ' countries, m New Zealand it is a rank failure. We will go further, and say that, as represented m the present House, Party Government is ft public scandal. Since the Atkinson Government took office three years ago the proceedings m the House have been a burlesque of Government on party lines, highly amusing to onlookers, but very expensive to the taxpayers, who have had to pay the piper. Months have been wasted every year m talk, and all the country has for it is a few amendments of Acts already m force, and a trifling amount of retrenchment which the Government would, if they could, gladly undo. Any of our County Councils, Borough Councils, Road Boards, or Education Boards—where " Party " Government is absent—would get through more practical work at one sitting than the present House can boast of during any session for the past three years. Under Party Government New Zenland, we are afraid, will never make much headway—at all events not until the dying off or retirement of mar yof our public men. The colony is not old enough, aad party lines are | not sufficiently well understood, for the system to be a success m New Zealand, and the sooner electors set about effecting a change m the form of Government the better. At the coming elections one of the burning questions, we hope, will be whether candidates for political honours are m favor of abolishingthe present wretched system for_ one more suitable to the people and colony. Those who are not, but who favour a perpetuation of the present system, <ire not worthy of the confidence and support of electors who have the future welfare of New Zealand at heart, and who rise superior tj party cries of all kinds.