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Parliamentary Gossip.

[by telegram— fkom our owjst correspondent.] Wellington, September 12. As was the case last session the Local Government Committee have found themselves unable to give mature consideration to this important subject. They report, however, that they' believe the present system of local government to be unsatisfactory, and that the local bodies having separate elections are too numerous. With redused numbers and exceeded areas the remaining bodies should have extended duties and powers conferred upon them to discharge such functions as are now performed by Hospital and Charitable Aid Boards, Land Boards, Education Boards, Licensing Committees, Stock Department, etc. The Committee also state that the financial positions of local bodies should be established on an assured basis to avoid fluctuation and uncertainty as far as possible. Mr Fisher is going to ask the Post-master-General whether, under the present clerical division of the Post and .Telegraph classification, each officer will !(rise m salary till he reaches £250 without requiring to undergo any additional classification to pass intervening grades, and when will the classification prescribed under the Bill take effect. Sir George Grey, m the interests of the Labor Bills, proposes to fix the hours of labor at eight per day, and 48 per week, unless where there is a written contract to the contrary. His proposals also embody several motions of which he has lately given notice, viz., that m all Government and municipal contracts provision shall be made for payment by contractors of a: fixed minimum rate of wages; thac coal-mine leases shall m future be granted by Government, who •hall have power to purchase and work coal mines, and that a portion of all coal royalties shall l->e set apart as a, fund to provide relief for miners, and families of miners, injured or killed by. accidents m 'the mines,

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2517, 13 September 1890