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[From' Oor Parlila'm’enta'ry RnYOKfiS.!

WELLINGTON, StS& Sit Educational Reform;

, Major Steward ia again to the fore with his Educational Franchise Bill, the main provisions of which 1 aM prior nomination, the abolition of the cumulative vote, and a definition of the term “ householder.” A new clause has been inserted 1 making it prohibitory for teachers to be elected members of school committees. The Hon. George M'Lean takes charge of the measure in the Legislative Council.

The Financial Statement Will positively be delivered on Tuesday night. It will be rather briefer than usual, but I am assured that it will prove one of the ablest statements delivered by Sir H. A. Atkinson, and will deal with the subjects usually reserved for the Public Works Statement. llcfencc Ilefuriu. The Minister of Defence has in contemplation the putting in the hands of the officers commanding districts the whole charge of defence matters, whether pertaining to tbo permanent militia or volunteer arm of the service within their district. The trfitnrtal Evidence BUI, which is being introduced 1 by Mr G. Hutchison, provides the amendments which the member for Waitotara endeavored to have inserted in the Justice of the Peace Act last session, hut were withdrawn as being more properly subjects of a separate Bill. It provides that in any criminal case the person charged shall not be called as a witness without hie consent; that the wife or husband of the person charged shall not be called without tfi'e consent of the accused; and that no witness shall be called on to answer whether the person charged had previously been convicted of any other offence, unless the person charged has tendered evidence of previous good character. When an accused ia undefended it is provided that on the completion of the case for the prosecution the Bench have to inquire whether the accused would like to give evidence in answer to the charge, and if he decide not to be examined, that fact will not be allowed to be subject to adverse comment. Petitions have been presented from the Lake County Council asking lor an amendment of the licensing laws, and from 287 residents in the Wakatipu district for a commission of inquiry into the proceedings of tbo inquest on the fire at Tarras Station. Mr Simon Fraser forwards his sessional petition for a reward for the discovery of the West Taieri goldfield. The Shop Hours Dill, introduced by Mr Joyce, will be based on the same principles as that introduced by him last session, but certain modifications will be made to meet the objections then raised. Its author is awaiting the arrival of some of the chief supporters of the movement before finally deciding as to the form that the alterations shall take. Ministerial Differences. Before the business was proceeded with to-day Sir Fisher asked the Premier when it was intended to lay on the table of the House the correspondence which had passed between {himself and Ministers on tho subject of bis retirement from the Ministry. He had been vilified and slandered, and tf was only just to him that he should ask that this correspondence be laid on the table at the earliest possible moment. The Premier had no objection to lay the correspondence on the table of the House, as desired, although from his point of view it would form a very bad precedent indeed. As Mr Fisher had asked for it, there was nothing else to be done than to let it be laid on the table. Jottings. Mr Pyke, Dr Fitchett, Messrs Perceval, Allen, Saunders, Walker, Pratt, and others took their seats to-day, Mr Saunders (Ashley) wis introduced by Dr Hodgkiuson and Mr Seymour. Mr Fisher gave notice of his intention to move for all the correspondence which bad passed between the late Governor, tho late French Consul, and late Minister of Education relative to Gaspariui’s escape. Mr Pyke gave notice of tho introduction of a Private Schools Bill, and Dr Fitehctt of a measure to provide for the better regula tion of the Otago University. Tho Council adjourned till tomorrow, out of respect to the memory of tho late Colonel Brott,

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7939, 21 June 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7939, 21 June 1889

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