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PARLIAMENTARY

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

AFTERNOON SITTING

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10

The galleries were opened at 2.3$ p.m. THJi SUPPLEMENTARY ESTIMATES.' 4'he discussion ntill continued 'oh the yojte |or Ju.djje Edwards' fcilary. The

motion under debate being that the Chair man loave the chair. Mr Ballanco suggested that this motion should be disposed of m order that the ; Government should make an explanation as to the course they intended pursuing. Mr Taylor said ho would be no party to any such compromise as to reduce the vote by a nominal sum, as he considered v, should never have appeared on the Estimates. The motion for leaving the chair was withdrawn. Mr Mitcholson aaid the Government recognised that members were anxious to bring the session to a close ns quickly as possible, and they had, therefore, decided, without prejudicing Judge Edwards' appointment m any way, to reduce the vote of £1621 by £125. He wished to inform the Hnuso, however, that, seeing that Judge Edwards had been appointed si Judge of the Supreme Court and Commissioner of the Native Lands Court, it was absolutely necessary that the whole of his salary should be paid, and the Government would, therefore, take oil themselves the responsibility of providing for it out of unauthorised expenditure. He hoped now that the hon. members opposite had entered a strong protest against the appointment of Mr Edwards as Judge, they would allow the remaining business to proceed. In reply to Mr Kerr, Mr Mitchelson said the arrangement come to was only meant to apply to this year. The question of Judge Edwards' appointment as Judge would be left over to the next Parliament. Mr Ballance said the House should be satisfied with the statement of the acting Premier. The Opposition had made every possible protest against the appointment, and he thought they might now allow' business to go on. As to the way m which the £125 struck off was to be made up, that was a question for the Government, and they would have to take all the responsibility. Captain Russell then moved that the vote of £1621 be reduced by £125. After further discussion the vote, as reduced by £125, was passed by 33 to 7. t A proportion of the cost of the erection of a lighthouse on the Snares, £4000. Dr Newman thought that m the present state of the Jolohy, and with the prospect of a deficit next year, this item should be postponed for the present. Mr Fergus said he hoped the vote would not be required this year, but if it were struck out it would be a breach of faith with the other four colonies, who had agreed to contribute towards the erection of a lighthouse. The vote was agreed to. Workingmen's Schools, £4000. Mr Hislop explained that this vote was meant to provide for the establishment of Workingmen's Colleges at each of the four centres, the condition being that they should be properly equipped, and provision made for teaching subjects of special u«e for workiug men. Mr Peacock said when this question was before the House previously (namely, £1000 for the Dunedin Technical College) he had opposed it, although he wa.s charged wifch having done so out of interprovincial jealousy, but he Bhouid oppose the present vote also, notwithstanding that it was meant to apply to the four cities. MrThompson (Auckland North) took the ssme view, and moved that the vote be struck out. Mr Bryce said, m face of a probable deceit next year, he hoped the Minister of Education would not press this vote. If he did so it, would indicate a desire to extravagance, which he should regret to see, Several other members opposed the rote, on the ground that it was practically one of those items which the House had already decided should not be reinstated on the Estimates. The vote was struck out by 29 to 15. Mr Ballance moved to strike out the item £300, advance payment on account of security for costs on appeal to Privy Council m case Poaka and Others v Ward and others. The item was eventually reduced by £275 with the consent of the Minister. Mr Monk moved to omit the item £500 for liabilities m claims for damage aft the Kumara sludge channel. Mr Fish said this item should not provoke discussion, as it had already been decided by the House that a vote should be put on the Estimates for that purpose. Mr Fergus admitted this, but said he had at the same time intimated he should leave himself free to vote on it as he considered proper. Mr Seddon said if the votes were passed it would be the lasf that would be heard of the Kumara Sludge Channel; if not, it would only come up again next year. After further debate, the vote was struck out by 29 to 28. Mr Seddon moved to report progress, and accused Mr Fergus of treacherous conduct over this vote. If the Government had given him any indication that they intended taking action to defeat the vote the result might have been different. He now asked the Government to recommit this item, so that the House should have another opportunity of voting on it. Mr Fergus said he had been most unfairly attacked over this matter. When he spoke m the debate on the previous occasion, he had expressed himself strongly opposed to it, and he had never led Mr Seddon to suppose he should support the vote. He had jiot, however, asked a single member of the House to rote against it. The motion for reporting progress was lost. Sir John Hall moved to strike out the item £10,000 for the purchase of the Lyttelton Harbor Board Shed, No. 5. Carried on the voices. A lengthy discussion ensued on the vote of £1500 for the erection of a new sanatorium at Rotorua, but the vote was eventually carried on the voices. The House rose at 5.30 p.m.

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PARLIAMENTARY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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PARLIAMENTARY Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2520, 17 September 1890

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