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PARLIAMENTARY.

(JHOM OTTO SEECIAI. BEPOETEB ) Friday evening. The Local Election Bill. In the Houbo on Tuesday evening the Local Elections Bill was discussed in Committee. Several Amendments of an important character were mads in clause 41 re prevention of bribery. Mr Kovre stated, that not

five elections in the colony hft.ro taken place in which bribery has not been practiced. The Bill is to be read<a 3rd time on Thursday, Sir George Grey asked for an extension of time to determine for which constituency he would sit. Extension of time was granted. Wednesday. The Premier in reply to Mr Thomson said, he found from a Treasury return that in telegrams he had expended £880 18s lOd daring hie absence from the Colony. In reply to another question from same member, the Premier had no further information than that given in the Financial Statemeat as to the hypothecation of debentures. The Bank of New Zealand made certain advances, and the Treasury had drown on London for a certain amount. None of the £800,000 guaranteed loan bad been sold. New Zealand Coals. Mr Wason moved for a committee to enquire into the expediency of using Brunner and other New Zealand coals for steam purposes on the New Zealand railways, and after a long debate the motion was agreed to. Sir George Grey's Electior. Thursday* Sir George Grey announced his election to sit for the Thames, and moved for a new writ . to issue for Auckland City West by telegraph. Coroner's Bill. A lively fight ensued in Committee on the I Coroner's Bill ; come opposing strongly, and others urging that the present Coroners be allowed to remain in office, which should be elective. Progress reported at clause 5. Counties Bill. The Counties Bill was read a flrst time. In reply to Toiroa, the Native Minister said the Government had under consideration a measure for facilitating the ascertaining of successors to intestate names being grantees of lands under the different laws of the colony. Local Elections Bill. The Local Elections Bill was re-committed, and an amendment by Mv Whitaker, rendering its adoption by any district optional agreed to, Local Option Bill. The second readicg of the Local Option Bill was discussed, and all the old stock arguments in favor of the permissive principle were brought up by its supporters, and the usual arguments on the other side used by its opponents. A motion for the adjournment of the debate was lost by 49 to 24. The House adjourned immediately after on the motion of Sir Julius Yogel, in consequence of the death of Dr Featherston, Gubernatorial Message. Friday: To-day a message was received from the Governor promising to place a*vote of £400 for a work on nativa grasses on the supple* mentary estimates. Caucus. On Wednesday a caucus of Canterbury members was held, when all the membprs for the province, except the Minister of Public Works, attended. Proposals emanating from the Otago Committee, suggesting a scheme for financial separation, were laid before the meeting by the Hon, Mr Hall. After some discussion a committee was appointed to confer with the Otago Committee, or any Committee representing other provinces, on the state of colonial affairs generally. The names of the Committee have not transpired. The Agent General's Billet. Sir Julius Yogel, Mr Stafford, Mr John Hall, and Mr Filzherberfc are likely to be candidates for the office of Agent General, rendered vacant by the death of Dr Feather* stone.

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PARLIAMENTARY., Bay of Plenty Times, Volume IV, Issue 401, 15 July 1876

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PARLIAMENTARY. Bay of Plenty Times, Volume IV, Issue 401, 15 July 1876

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