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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT

THE COMING SESSION. , I Parliament opened at Wellington yentr* I day afternoon for the election of Sp3ak<f H and adjourned until today when the Goveiui H nor's speech will be read from tbe steps of H the Parliamentary Buildings, H Tbe Prime Minister informed a Wellington reporter that the Government would not introduce any measures properly desoribed as party legislation. He took it that taxing Bills to provide tbe neoessary revenue (or H war parposes would not be oalied party legislation in the ordinary sense of tht H word. H Aβ to tbe Governments taking proposal, nothing has yet been divulged, It is prdb able that they will be embodied in sevnfl ■ Bills, but it may be found possible and de- H Arable to embody them atl in one Bill. A| H present it seems rather too muoh to hflto that all these propo als will meet with flft H approval of nil members, and tbe biggest ;ask of the session will certainly be tbe pttsi* ing into law of these war tax proposal** A One of the first Bills to be introduced will be that designed to make our military pent dons more liberal. It is generally allowed that those provided tor in the Defence Act of l9or are quite inadequate, and the Defenei Minister has already given that as his opin» ion. He has also expressed a hope that New Zealand may be able to oome to some ar. rangement with the Commonwealth so thai there may bo one pensions soale for (he two Pacifia Dominions. ' 4 ~ There will be a Land Bill, bat ifc%ill sot be contentious, as its predecessors' bare been. The Bill will simply make it pofsible for soldiers on active servioe to take pMiin land ballots during their absence from New Zealand. The Prime Minister has lately explained a scheme for allowing returned soldiers to take up land, and be stated tbjg it might be necessary for the Government,to purchase land for thia purpose." The M?a . reserved for soldiers will probably amount . to not less than 100.000 aorea. Miner amendments are to be P'opoMa in the War B gulalions Act. *: The Mortgages Extension Act wilAw amended to give the Goon mu.fl p.wen under tbe Act, Tbe Enemy Contracts Bill, a new me»< sure, to f-'ive tde G veraraent power declare void any 0 .ntraot made enemy, is certain (0 pass without opposition. The Cook Inlands Government B'il, held over from last year, wi I probably be reiotro* dueod. It is n meash-g which proposeMQ give the Islands a local government, arnii code of laws, and to remove many of the . anomalies existing in the control of tht lalanda now.

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3468, 25 June 1915

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3468, 25 June 1915

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