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[From Our Parliamentary Reporter.]

WELLINGTON, J one 19. The Opening Speech.

Ministers have decided not to permit any forecast of the Governor's speech to bo published this year, as has been the custom for the past few sessions; but the Premier informs me that the speech shall be placed on the wires earlier than usual to-morrow afternoon. m The San Francisco Service.

A deal of correspondence re tho San Francisco service has passed between Mr R. J. Creighton and the Postmaster-General, but the Government have not yet arrived at any decision on the matter. Mr Creighton is sanguine that he can induce the American Government to grant a subsidy of L 40,000 per annum towards a quick fortnightly service, provided that the Australasian Governments will give a similar amount. The New Zealand Government are prepared to ask the House to renew the service if these subsidies are forthcoming, and c heap and ainexpensive service will then be provided. The Otago Central. As a result of the Ministerial inspection of the Otago Central Railway during the recess, the Government are prepared to recommend that the line be constructed forthwith out of revenue for some distance, but what that exact point is Ministers refuse to say, pendirg the making of the Public Works Statement; but an Otago member of the Cabinet assures me that the Government proposals on this head will prove satisfactory to the people of Otago. To-morrow's Function. Thers is every indication of tho opening of Parliament to-morrow being accompanied by unusual pomp and ceremony. Everyone seems anxious to see how Lord Onslow acquits himself in delivering his first sessional speech, and applications for ladies' tickets are so numerous that not one tithe of the holders can be accommodated with seats, A Short Session Predicted. Those who are generally well posted in matters political predict a short session, and there is a consensus of opinion that any attempt to propose a hostile vote would prove abortive, though the Government are certain to receive some hard hits regarding the Railway Board, Judge Denniston's appointment, and the Taranaki Harbor works, while Mr Fisher is certain to prepare a strong indictment as to his alleged llltreatmeut by his late colleagues.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7937, 19 June 1889

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