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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7951, 5 July 1889
[From Our Parliamentary Reporter.]
WELLINGTON, July 4, The Eight Hour* Bill.
There was the usual sessional fight to-night over the Eight Hours Bill, which has been introduced this year by Mr Taylor. The measure contains but one operative clause, and defines eight hours as a day's work and forty-eight hours as a week’s work. It was supported by Messrs Fish, Moss, Taiwhanga, Joyce, O'Conor, aud Cadman, and was opposed by Messrs Kerr (who moved that it bo read a second time that day six months), Buxton, Sir John Hall, Downie Stewart, Verrall, Marchant, Fulton, and Turnbull, The general opinion of the opponents of the measure was that the eight hours system was already sufficiently recognised in the colony for ordinary labor. The second reading was affirmed amidst cheers by 37 to 23, and its committal fixed for the 18th inst. Jottings. Mr Taylor raised a laugh to-night by congratulating the Prince of Wales on his socialistic tendencies. Major Steward estimates that by holding the licensing elections triennially fully L‘20,000 will be saved. During the past year 19,000 objections were lodged to the Property Tax assessments. Mr Downie Stewart strongly protests against Mr Taylor’s assumption of the credit of originating the Eight Hours Bill, which honor he claims is due to the late Mr J. B. Bradshaw. The representation question is to be discussed to- morrow evening. Practitioners in various parts of the colony are invited to give their opinion on the Medical Bill for the benefit of the Upper House. The member for Dunedin West, while claiming to be a friend of the working man, denies that he ever pandered to them with theoretical reforms, as so many hon. members do. Mr Fish retorted that Mr Stewart would, if his election depended on their votes. Major Steward’s Triennial Licensing Bill, which provides for triennial instead of annual elections of licensing committees, met with almost unanimous support, and its second reading was carried on the voices. Mr Joyce says that there are white slaves in the public service in Canterbury, especially in the railways, where men work twelve, fourteen, and even sixteen hours a day. Mr Kerr says that he gives away more to working men in a week than most members who pose as the friends of the masses do in a year. They can get from him plenty of good mutton and vegetables, and that’s what ho calls befriending them. Mr Ballance’s Bill to enable the registration of some births that have not been recorded within the last twelve months passed its second reading without opposition. Sydney Taiwhanga declares that if the Eight Hours Bill had been introduced next session just before the general election took place not a single member would have dared to oppose it. The House agreed without debate to the second reading of the Town Distiicts Amendment Bill (Mr Rhodes), which enables every ratepayer to become a commissioner. The Wellington members are striving to arrange with the Northern members to have the balance of the vote for the North Island Trunk Railway divided and spent equally at each end. So far the Auckland and Taranaki members refuse to entertain the proposition, holding that it would be a mere waste, no useful result being likely to ensue from such an expenditure. Several of the goldfield members had their iling at the Minister of Mines this afternoon, Mr Seddon says that Mr Richardson is a round peg in a square hole, and throws cold water on the mining industry whenever he can. The Minister for Works denies that exception was made in favor of Napier in providing employment for the unemployed on the Woodville-Napier Railway, and that districts are treated alike in the matter of relief works. The name of Colonel Trimble, ex-member for Taranaki, is now favorably mentioned in connection with the vacant office of Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr Lawry has received a telegram from Auckland stating that the “ New Evangel” article in the Auckland ‘ Herald ’ of yesterday is a gross breach of privilege and an insult to the whole House, This telegram, with the sender’s name erased, was posted up in the lobby, and caused considerable interest. On dil that when the Representation Bill comes up for the motion for its second reading it will be mot by an amendment by Mr Scobie Mackenzie that it be re id a second time that day six months. The Government declined to refer the Omahu shooting case to a Maori Arbitration Court, despite Taiwhanga’s assertion that owing to the weakness of the Government and of the Native Lands Court bloodshed had resulted. The Government have been paid L2,700as fees for land taken at Stewart Island for tin mining purposes. The Southern members are urging on the Government the advisableness of inserting in the pastoral leases cf the Canterbury runs latterly sold a condition enabling prospecting for gold or minerals to be carried on, In the House to-day several motions for returns were agreed to, including one by Dr Fitchett for a copy of the rules defining the relations towards one another of the principal officers of the Government Insurance Department. The Minister of Mines promises to consider the desirableness of offering a bonus for the production of a substantial output of tiu ore. Auckland seems to have bad its fair share of relief works during the past year. While the sum of L 5,000 was spent in Auckland district on the unemployed, only some L 3,000 was spent in thereat of the North Island. The Public Works Statement is to be delivered on Tuesday evening. Mr R, Reeves Says that a greater curse does not exist on the Statute Book in New Zealand than the Licensing Act, and he would like to see the old system of granting licenses reverted to. The Sandhills.
The Minister for Defence has proposed to
inquire whether the breach by the sea in the Sandhills has been occasioned by the erection of the Lawyer Head Battery, He has also informed Mr Larnach that a requisition is in for certain repairs to the South Dunedin police quarters, and that the matter will receive his immediate attention, The Trunk Line-
A deputation of Auckland and Taranaki members, headed by Sir G. Grey, waited upon the Premier this afternoon in reference to the connection of the North Island Trunk Railway with the Stratford district, and to urge the construction of the remaining portion between the present Northern section and the Porotarau Tunnel. The Premier was exceedingly guarded in his reply. To complete the line to the tunnel would, hesaid, cost L 100.00 0; and to connect the tunnel with New Plymouth via Stratford, by an unmetalled road, would cost about L 70,000. He avoided committing himself in any way, but promised to consider the suggestion made by the deputation, and furnish in the Public Works Statement all information as to the intentions of the Government. Female Franchise. The question of extending the franchise to women will again be raised this session, as Sir J, Hall will move, on a motion for the committal of the Registration of Electors Bill, the following resolution:—“ That it be an instruction to the Committee to make provision for the extension of the Parliamentary franchise to women.” Licensed Auctioneers. Mr Samuel’s Auctioneers Bill is similar to the measure which was introduced by him in 1880, but did not then get beyond the stage of a second reading. It empowers a licensed auctioneer to appoint a substitute for six mouths in case of illness or absence from the district; enables licenses to be transferred in case of the death or bankruptcy of its owner, and entitles an auctioneer to hold a wholesale license under the Licensing Act, but not a publican’s license. Account sales arc to be rendered within fourteen days of the receipt of a written demand from the vendor, and failure to do so will entail liability to a fine of LlO. ES Hits to Volunteers. The Defence Minister says that the reason ! why no money grants were made to volunteers last Easter to enable them to attend encampment was that, in his opinion, corps should select for camping purposes the ground which they would have to defend in case of war.
The regulation which excludestherank and file from membership of the Finance Committee of the corps was made on the strength of recommendations from the commanding officers; but if there is any general discontent on that account, or a desire to revert to the old position, facilities will be given for such being done. Companies are still at liberty to form themselves into battalions if they choose, but the old battalions had been dispensed with because the commanding officers reported that the corps in country districts, which had little opportunity of battalion drill, were in a better state of efficiency and more favorably reported on than in companies in cities which formed part of the battalions.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7951, 5 July 1889
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