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[From Our Parliamentary Reporter.]

WELLINGTON, Jink 21 The Otago Central.

No sooner had he taken his seat than Mr Pykc gave notice of his intention to ask on Friday next the intentions of the Government re the Otago Central Railway. As the information sought for will doubtless be disclosed in the Financial Statement on Tuesday evening, the necessity for pursuing the inquiry will be removed. Reciprocal Tarills. Mr Joyce is still anxious to have a reciprocal tariff treaty established with New South Wales, and wants to know whether ■ the Government will afford him an early opportunity of discussing the subject. He also complains that while the New South Wales Assembly have affirmed by resolution the abolition of an import duty on butter, cheese, and bacon, such duties continue to be levied. Pensions. Mr Pyke will ask the Premier on Friday next whether he will bring down a Bill for the better regulation of the payment of pensions to ablebodied oflicors, and providing for the cessation of such payments during the period for which any pensioner shall hereafter be elected to the House of Representatives or be elected or appointed to the Legislative Council or shall hold a scat thereiu. The question evidently relates to the candidature of Mr John Ollivicr for Christchurch North, and tire rumored elevation of Mr Seed to the Council, which was mooted last session. Mv Usher Wishes to Vlnillcaic Himself. Holding that he has been vilified and slandered throughout the colony, Mr Fisher has called on the Government to produce all correspondence relating to the Gasparini affair and to flic brewery prosecutions, which culminated in the rotircuiunt of the ex-Minister of Education from the Cabinet. When these arc forthcoming a sharp debate may be looked for. >c«- mils. The, claims of the Roman Catholics to Stalo aid for education purposes urc again being urged by Mr Pyke, who has introduced a Private Schools Bill, the object of which is to grant a like capitation to private schools to that now paid to the public schools. Triennial Licencing Committees. This Bill (Major Steward's) enacts that licensing committees shall be elected in 181)1, and thereafter shall be elected on the same day as'the local option poll is taken, and shall serve for three years; both polls being thus held simultaneously. The Divorce Extension and Amendment Hill reintroduced by Mr Samuel is very similar to that introduced by him during each of the last four sessions. It provides that after the passing of the Act the wife should have a similar right to petition on the ground of her husband's adultery that the husband now has in respect' of; the wife's. Desertion occurring within New Zealand, and continued without excuse for seven years, is also constituted a good ground for dissolution of marriage. Either husband or wife may petition for a divorce in case the other of them, for not less than one year before the presentation of the petition, has been imprisoned for some crime under sentence of penal servitude, or imprisonment for life, or for a term of seven years or upwards. Power is given to the Court to dismiss any petition in case the conduct of tho petitioner himself has induced or largely contributed to the wrongs complained of, and the Court may suspend leave to remarry for any period as against either party. Some slight alterations of procedure are also provided, removing any doubt as to the sufficiency of service of petitions, or the Solicitor-General prohibiting orders requiting a husband to pay his guilty wife's costs, and allowing the Court to prohibit publication of the evidence until judgment has been pronounced. The Course of Business. Inquiries as to the course of business were instituted in the House by the Hon. E. Riuhardson, and tho Premier, iu reply, showed his anxiety to push on business with as much expedition as possible. Sir Harry, amid cheers, intimated that be proposed to bring down tho financial Statement on Tuesday evening next. Then the Colonial Secretary would make a statement of the provisions of the Hospitals and Charitable Aid Bill, making a full exposition of it on tho motion for leave to bring it in, instead of waiting for its introduction; while the assurance was also given that the Public Works Statement should follow at the earliest possible moment. A Short Sitting. Tho sitting of the Council did not occupy more than a few minutes to day, an adjournment being made out of respect to the memory of the late Colonel Brett. In moving the adjournment, the AttorneyGeneral said that deceased had been in the Council upwards of twenty years, and during that time had faithfully discharged his duties. He was a kind and faithful friend, and his loss would be severely felt by a large circle of friends, while his military career had been marked by moic than ordinary distinction. The Hon. Mr Buckley, in seconding the motion, remarked that Colonel Brett's death would be greatly felt. I>ast Mght'H Debate. The proceedings connected with the adoption'of the Address-in-Reply were marked by extreme tameness, members appearing to feel that the discussion was purely formal, and ought only to be carried on till tho usual supper adjournment. Mr Harkness (the new member for Nelson) led off with a concise speech, which proved him to be a fairly forcible speaker. Mr Walker (Leader of the Opposition last session) strongly supported the Dunedin Exhibition movement, and expressed the opinion that in appointing Mr Denniston to the vacant judgeship the Government had treated Judge Ward with roprehcnsiblo cruelty. Several of the small fry then took advantage of the opportunity to air thoir own particular fads. Mr Taylor (Sydenham) charged the Government with treating the House as though they were glued to their seats, but assured them that if they took his Bill under their wing he would bo prepared to believe that they wero inclined to do something for the masses. Speaking of the Electoral Bill, he repeatedly convulsed the House by his references to the " Hairy," system. Then Mr Verrall took up his State Bank Bcheme, which he regards as tho panacea for all our ills, and the debate was about to close when Mr Hutchison rose to his feet and scored strongly against tho Government owiug to their hitch in the Loan Act of 1587. A few words from tho irreprcoßiblo Taiwhauya terminated the dobate, end th? lic-u.* toit; at ttn o'clock.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7940, 22 June 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7940, 22 June 1889

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