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The new rules of procedure introduced into the Victorian Assembly are the absorbing topic in political circles. The majority of the rules are almost a literal transcription of the new Standing Orders of the House of Commons of February, 1888. The rule relating to motions for adjournment in abuse of the rules of the House is even more stringent. The rule respecting the closure of a debate is the same as that in force in the House of Commons, excepting that the closure may be imposed upon a majority of twenty-five voting for the motion, instead of a majority of 100 as in the case in the House of Commons. The rules are regarded with much disfavor by the Opposition, who will oppose them tooth and nail. An important case in connection with the immigration laws has arisen at Sydney. Two girls having been arrested for leaving Queensland within six months of their arrival in the latter colony from Home, the question was raised in the House, and the arrest characterised as a disgrace to free Australians. Sir Henry Parkes said that the Government could adopt no other course without being unneighborly to Queensland, and there the matter ended.

The cable repairing steamer Sherard Osborne leaves Sydney immediately for the purpose of overhauling the Australian-New Zealand cable. A weak spot exists in the cable. Captain Fielding and Mr Harnley (second mate of the Fijian) have had their certificates suspended for six months.

Mr R. H. Levien, solicitor, who resigned his seat in the Assembly in consequence of being suspended by the Supreme Court for contravention of the Attorneys Act, has been re-elected for Taraworth without opposition.

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Australian., Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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Australian. Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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