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GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

(rBKSS ASSOCIATION TBLIGKAM.) WEDNESDAY, JCLY 10. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Council met at 2.30 o'clock. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS. The MINISTER OF EDUCATION gave notice to introduce the Public Officers Ast Amendment, Young Persons Protection, and the Chinese Immigrants Act Amendment Bills.

Mr BOLT introduced the Law Act Amendment Bill, which was read a first time. CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES. The MINISTER OF EDUCATION moved the appointment of Mr W. C. Smith as Chairman of Committees. The motion was lost by 16 to 14. On the motion of Mr JONES, it was agreed to proceed with the election by ballot. The first ballot reduced the candidates to three—Messrs Baillie, Rigg, and W. C. Smith. At the second ballot Mx Smith dropped out. Mr Rigg withdrew his candidature, and Mr Baillie was elected Chairman on the final ballot. The Council adjourned at 4.15 p.m. HOUSE OPEEPBESENTATIYES. AFTERNOON SITTING. The House met at 2.30 p.m. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. Leave of absence was granted for one week to Messrs Mxi Nab and R. McKenzie, and for three days to Mr Rhodes. FIRST READINGS. The following Bills were introduced and read the first time:—Dunedin City and Suburban Tramway Act, 1900, Amendment (Mr Millar), Dunedin Water Works Extension (Mr Millar), Templeton Domain Board Empowering (Mr G. W. Russell), School Attendance (Mr Pirani), Libel No. 2 (Mr Oarnoross), Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration (Mr Seddon).

QUESTIONS. In reply to questions, it was stated that Lord Roberta had recommended a sucoessor to Colonel Pole Penton as Commandant of the Forces, and an announcement on the subject would be made to the House next day. The new Oommandant wotild not be one of our own men. That it was unreasonable at thia early stage of the session to ask the Government to commit itself on the qi.estion of further reducing the duties cm tne necessaries of life; that enquiries were being made as to the erection of a sanatorium at Mount Egmont; that the present system cf military drill in public schools would be continued and extended. GOVERN___"NT BUSINESS. Sir JOSEPH WARD moved that until further ordered this session, on two of the days set apart for Government business the House meet at 10.30 am., and rise at 10.30 p.m.. The motion was agreed to on the a-.ices. THE ROYAL VISIT. On the motion of Mr MONK, a return was ordered to be laid before the House showing in detail the expendrtirre by the Government in connection Avith the visit of the Duke of Cornwaffi. The House rose at 5.30 p.m.

EVENING SITTING.

The House resumed at 7.30 p.m. WORKERS' APPEAL BILL. Mr PALMER moved the second reading of tlie Workers Right of Appeal Bill, to provid.i for workers the right of appeal to the Supreme Court or Appeal Court Avithout being callec" upon to find security for the _>sts of such appeal. He explained that the Bi"' Avas intended to facilitate a certain class of people getting their wrongs remedied without having to proceed in forma pauperis. An appeal could not be made under the Bill miles., good grounds were -hoyvn therefor, and every safeguard had been provided to prevent" a frivolon* appeal.

Mr HERRIES objected to facilities being granted to one class which were not open to another class. He could not see why a man working for wagi. should get any advantage as a fitigant over a man who, perhaps, was equally impecunious, but happened to be working on his own account. Mr BOLLARD believed in a worker h*\ing every facility given 'him, but he failed to see why be should receive the advantage proposed by the Bill. Mr R. THOMPSON hoped the Government would carefully look into this measure Mr MASSEY regarded the Bill as being of a one-sided nature. It was class legislation of the A-ery Avorst character, and be would oppo-«e it. Mr G. W. RUSSELL regretted the House had not had a lead from the Treasury benches on a Bill of this nature. He knew of no rf-quest from the workers themselves for a Bill of this kind, and condemned '- _s an unnecessary piece of class legislation. Captain RUSSELL asked how many appeals, whit*- were made from the lower -o Mgher Courts were successful, and yet here was increased facihty bring offered for a poor wr-t-ched man to get into the hands ol an inScrupulous lawyer in the bopts of getting soinethl-g from an appeal to the higner Courts. The Bill woulc be of no real advantage to worktrs. _ Messr- NAPIER. COLLINS, and TANNER, _pok6 stroncly against the BillMr PALMER, in replying, said the point all speakers in the debate had missed wis that the worker coutd not appeal unless he ; bad -j, good <•_!-?. I On division the second reading was nega-

tired by 29 to 20, and tie Bill was thus thrown out.

COUNTIES AMENDM.ENT BILL. Mr BUDDO moved the second reading of the Counties Amendment Bill, to amend section 3 of the Counties Act Amendment Act, 1899, and to prevent the main Act from affecting the powers or jurisdiction of the South Waimakariri River Board in respect of the control or maintenance of the Waimakariri river. Mr Buddo said this Bill Avas simply carrying out the intention of the Act of 1899.

The second reading was agreed to on the voices without debate.

RABBIT NUISANCE ACT. Mr HOGG moved the second reading of the Rabbit Nuisance Act Amendment Bill, to amend the Rabbit Nuisance Act, 1882. He said since t)j» principal Act was passed the rabbit nuisance had 1 been very effectively suppressed in various parts of "the colony", and there was no longer the necessity for drastic, legislation. The whole object of the Bill Avas to bring the Act into conformity with the rest of our statutes.

Mr DU"NCAN said he did not consider the measure Avas required. He thought the Bill should go before the Stock C"©-__m_ttee, and he would be satisfied with the decision of the Committee. >

On division the s-t-ond reading was carried by 36 to 10. A motion by Mr Duncan to refer the Bill to the Stock Committee a___ -lost. SECOND READINGS. Mr DUNCAN moved the second reading of the Cemetery Trustees Validation Bill to validate the apj.ointm.ei_b of certain cemetery trustees.. Agreed to. The Land and Live Stock Auctions Bill waa read a second time, pro forma, and referred to the Stock Committee.

THE INDEMNITY BILL. The Local Authorities Ludernnity Bill was amended in Committee to include Drainage Boards among the local bodies affect _d by the Bill. The Bill waa put .through all its stages Avithout debate.

REFERENDUM BILL. Mr SEDDON replied on the motion for the second reading of the Referendrum Bill. He said Captain Russell had accused him of not being serious in connection with the measure. The same thing had been said of other measures that he had introduced, and that had become law—the Women's Suffrage, Old Age Pensions, etc. Captain Russell had -said that the people'would in ignorance pass ill-digested legislation, but tne people of New Zealand were Avell up on the questions of the day. The motion for the second reading was agreed to on the voices. POLICE OFFENCES BILL.

Mr McGOWAN moved the second reading of the Police Offences Amendment Bill to amend the Police Offences Act. 1884, in the direction of further defining on offence as to breach of peace, and extending the section as to idle and disorderly peisons.

After considerable debaite the second reading was carried by 36 to 5. The House rose at 12.20 a.m.

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY., Press, Volume LVIII, Issue 11014, 11 July 1901

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