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Parliamentary Gossip.

[by telegram from our ovm CORRESPONDENT.] Wellington, September 10, The Local Bills Committee, at its final meeting for the session passed a vote of thanks to Mr Downie Stewart for the able and impartial manner m which he had discharged his duties as Chairman m the onerous position which he has filled throughout Parliamentary sessions. There is great indignation m ultra economist camp on account of the restoration of the Supplementary Estimates of salaries which they were at such pains to strike out of the general estimates. A warm contest is sure to take place m Committee of Supply. Some members m their wrath go so far as to threaten to remain here until sth October, when Parliament expires, rather than allow salaries to be made good. It is generally believed that Government will modify the Federation proposals by reducing the number of delegates to be appointed from seven to three, Messrs Russell and Hall being two and the third to be a member of the Legislative Council—for choice Mr Fitzherbert or a member of the Opposition. Under the Oaths Bill, which has now passed both Houses, subject to Legislative Council's approval of some new clause, a witness m any Court is to be entitled, as a matter of right to make an , affirmation m lieu of oath, instead of having, as heretofore, to undergo i preliminary examination for the purpose of showing that taking of an oath' is according to his religious belief unlawful. Mr Beetham has given notice to ask i at any time reports have been made to them of false brands being placed ou packages of bntter m Dunedin. If so, what action was taken m the matter, and will Government m future take steps x> ensure prompt punishment of all wlo transgressed the law m this direction. The Public Petitions Committee hare been considering a petition from tie Oamaru Harbor Board, as to. the injurious effects of the Railway Commissioners wfch the Board. Amongst those who gave evidence were Messrs Hislop and Mo* .Kerrow, Cnief Commissioner, and a memo from Railway Commissioners wis handed m suggesting that the Commissioners should take over the harlor altogether, and work it and railway together.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2515, 11 September 1890