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[Fkom Our Parliamentary Reporter.)

WELLINGTON, July 5, The Duty on Machinery.

Mr Barron will to-day ask the Premier whether he will reduce the present heavy Customs duties on machinery used by biscuit bakers and confectioners, or exempt such machinery altogether, as in the case of that used for agriculture, electricity, mining, and printing. He also wants to know what encouragement is to be given to the iron industries of the colony in accordance with the Premier’s piomise given at the close of last session. The Country Party’s Caucus.

The country members held another meeting re, tbe representation question this morning. Mr Seymour presided, and there were also present—Messrs Anderson, Bruce, Buchanan, Buxton, Cadman, Cowan, Duncan, Feldwiok, Fulton, Grimmond, Guinness, Sir J. Hall, Hobbs, Jackson, Kelly, Kerr, Lance, Lawry, _ Macarthur, Mackenzie (Clutha), M'Kenzie(Waihemo), Moat, Monk, Rhodes, Richardson (Kaiapoi), Captain Russell, Samuel, Seddon, Stewart, Tanner, Whyte, and Wilson. It was stated that a requisition to the Premier, asking him to withdraw the Representation Bill, had been promoted by Mr Lance and signed by fortyeight members, and that four others had promised to append their names. Although all these members objected to the Representation Bill, it did not necessarily follow that they were opposed to the Hare system, but they were particularly desirous of getting the “ quota ” in favor of country members increased to 33 per cent., and also of preserving the reduction of members agreed upon lastsession. It was feared that if the proposal of the Government was persisted in the out-and-out opponents of the Hare system would unite with the town members in the hope that the reduction of members vote would be rescinded. No formal resolution was arrived at,' but there was a general feeling that, recognising that tbe presenc measure with its Hare system was doomed, the Government would fall in with the views of the meeting to the extent of withdrawing their Representation Bill and introducing a new measure in which special provision would be made in favor of an increased allowance to the country members, and excluding all allusion to the Hare system of voting. Local Government. The following petition was being sent round the lobbies, and was largely signed this forenoon: “We, the undersigned members of the House of Representatives, being of the opinion that the system of local government is unsatisfactory, urge upon the Premier the desirability of this session inviting the House to appoint a Select Committee with the usual powers to consult and report upon a system of local government throughout the colony, and make such recommendation as they think fit.” The Charitable Aid Bill has no stronger opponent than Mr Goldie, who holds that it casts additional burdens on ratepayers, while relieving the General Government of considerable burdens. He gives notice this afternoon that he will ask the Colonial Treasurer whether he can inform the House what the approximate saving will be to the Consolidated Revenue if all the cost of outdoor relief is thrown on local bodies, as is contemplated in the Bill now before the House ? Abandonment of the Ueprcsentatlon Bill. A deputation, consisting of Messrs Macarthur, Seymour, and Ballanco, having waited on the Premier rt Representation Bill, the Government have agreed to withdraw the measure and substitute another, giving an opportunity to reconsider the “quota ” clause. Latest. What took place between the deputation and the Premier was that an arrangement to the following effect was arrived at: —That after a certain amount of discussion, Sir H. Atkinson should withdraw the Representation Bill, substituting another for it, which will give an opportunity for raising the “quota’'question ; but whether this will be done or not at to-night’s sitting depends on tbe tone of the debate. Probably it may run over until Tuesday. Under tbe altered aspect of affairs the delivery of the Works Statement will be deferred for a few days.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7951, 5 July 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7951, 5 July 1889

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