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One of the subjects to which the Victorian Cabinet is to give its immediate attention is the question of the reform of the procedure in the Legislative Assembly. The AttorneyGeneral (says an exchange) has been for some months engaged in collecting information in regard to the rules adopted by other Parliaments to prevent obstruction. His recommendations were partially discussed at the last meeting. The general view of the Government is that the Standing Orders, which permit at almost any period of a sitting of the motion “ that the House do now adjourn,” should be altered, with the object of limiting the privilege. It is felt that, whatever amendments are considered, care must be taken to guard the speaker against being unduly brought in contact with members. There is a strong feeling among the majority of the House that the Government should make the proposals for coping with wilful obstruction the first business of the session.

Little boy: “ Papa, why are railroad tracks so safe in winter and so dangerous in summer ? ” Papa (a railroad president): “ Why do you think they are safe in winter ? ” Little boy: “ Oh, they must be; because you never go on tours of inspection ’cept in summer, you know.”

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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Page 3 Advertisements Column 1 Issue 7910, 18 May 1889

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