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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889
[From Oun Parliamentary Reporter.)
WELLINGTON, June if
.Signs of the early mooting of I’arliament are evidenced by the arrival of the Speaker and Messrs Ross (Roslyn) and Taylor (Sydenham), and some half-dozen Auckland representatives. The internal arrangements of the House have undergone considerable alteration, especially with the view to improving the acoustic properties of the chamber.
The Procedure Rule* have received considerable attention in Cabinet, and will be circulated as soon as they have been submitted to the Speaker. They will be almost on the same lines as the rules introduced last session, and will not be greatly modified or curtailed, as it has been recently reported they will be. The Premier says that he cannot see why, if people are to be trusted with the making of laws dealing with life and death, they cannot be equally trusted to provide for their own selfgovernment without fear of injustice being done to a minority.
The Financial Statement will bo delivered at a particularly early stage this session in conformity with a promise made by Government last session, Possibly it may be made immediately after the Address-iu-Reply is disposed of ; if not, the only other business taken before its delivery will he the question of procedure reform. Sir Harry Atkinson jocularly remarked to me this morning : “ Making the Statement so unusually early will prove satisfactory to the House, while the Budget itself will, I have no doubt, prove equally satisfactory to the country.” Some misapprehension seems to exist with respect to The Representation Act. Fear is entertained in some quarters that if the attempt by country representatives to increase the quota in their interests be successful the Act will be endangered. This is a fallacy, for the next House will consist of seventy-four members, whether there be a dissolution or Parliament expires by effluxion of time; and Ministers would strenuously resist any proposal to repeal the Representation Bill. They are unanimously of opinion that the reduction of members is a trump card in their policy. Now that the necessary L 15,000 has Veen subscribed for the New Zealand Exhibition, a grant of LIO,OOO will he asked as a donation by the Government. Sir H. Atkinson speaks warmly of the self-reliant policy shown by Otago residents in connection with this movement, and intends being present at the Exhibition opening. Closely allied with the Exhibition movement is the Rifle Association Meeting
in Dunedin in January next, and the Premier expresses himself as highly pleased with the determination cf shooting men to carry it out under the auspices of the New Zealand Ride Association. He thinks that the fact that Captain Somtnerville is to be entrusted with the arrangements for the meeting is a guarantee of its success. In face of this expression of opinion, 1 have every hope that Government will this year renew the vote which they refused last session for the New Zealand Rifle Association,
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889
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