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POLITICAL FOSSIP.

[fROU Oia Pabiiakekxabt Ejbpobmb.] WELLINGTON, Jolt 12. The Catholic Claim*. There is a strong feeling in the lobbies that after the rote taken on Wednesday night on Mr Pyke’s Bill, denominationaliam r. the present system of eduoation moat be made the test cry at the nest general election. The ‘ Catholic Times,’ in an article upon the subject, after denonncing Messrs Goldie (Auckland West), Fergus (Wakatipu), Reeve* (St. Albans'), and Scobie Mackenzie (Mount Ida), recommends their people to out out the division list and retain it for reference at the next election. One fur bis Nob. Mr Downie Stewart unexpectedly received* nasty knock this afternoon. At the instance of a constituent he ‘asked the Minister of Mines whether the Government will give a reasonable bonus for the discovery near Dunedin of ironsand yielding 25 to SO per sent, of iron. Ihe Hen. Mr Richardson replied that it was hardly necessary to offer a reward for such a discovery, seeing that immense quantities of sand were known to exist at the present time having from 70 to 80 per cent, of iron. Gevernment Emyloye*’ Pay Day. With a view to the convenience of Government employes, Mr Taylor wishes them to receive payment fortnightly, instead of monthly, which is the present custom. The Premier sty* that if he finds that fortnightly payment! will be a matter of importsuoe to the employes, he will see if the change can be given effect to, provided it does not occasion too large aa increase in public expenditure. Flax-dressing Machinery. A promise having recently been given by the Premier that the iron industry should be subsidised, Mr Oadman th's afternoon asked whether the Government would also offer some reward for improvements in fizz-dressing machinery. The hon. gentleman pointed out Shat, according to the Agent-General, the only thing cur flax exporters bad to fear was the tending Home of badly-dressed flax.—The Premier promised that the question should have every consideration, and, while declining to fix what bonus the Government might offer, ha promised that, if he thought it would be conducive to helping the Industry, they would be prepared to give some bonus. The Sealing Industry. Tne elose season for seals bas now been in feree some considerable time, and many people are anxious to know when the sealing season will ba opened. The Premier say* that th Government have no intention of opening th season this year, for they intend to bring in a Bill to give them power better to deal with thpreserving and protection of the sealing industry. Juvenile Crime. In asking whether the Government intended t* introduce a BUI to give effect to suggestion* made by the Justices in the chief eentres of tbe colony in connection with the repression of juvenile crime, Major Steward said that proposals had been made for tbe establishment of a training ship and for the separation of neglected from criminal children. The Minister ef Justice, in reply, laid that the Government had not yet received the suggestions from the Wellington Justices, but as goon as they were obtained the question would have their attention. The Edoeatlsa Act. It is not the intention of the Government te introduce an amending Bill this session, so far as regards the main principles of tbe Education Act —via., reduction of the capitation allowance, altering the standards, and the increasing ef the school age. In giving this Information to Mr Guinness this af ternoonihe Minister of Education said that the Cabinet had some minor matters under their consideration for which legislation might ba required, Tbe Exhibition. It seems that the New Zealand Government have given an undertaking to the Victorian Government that Australian wines may be sold by the glass at the Dunedin Exhibition, and that exhibits intended for this purpose shaU ba admitted duty free. Had this fact been known last night, it would probably have had a marked inflaenoe on the vote then given. Hr Fisher and Sir H. Atkinson. More dirty linen was washed on the floor of the House this afternoon between Mr Fisher and Six H. Atkinson in reference to the former's denial of any impropriety in the early printing of the Qaspaiini correspondence, as imputed in the Governor's memorandum. The discussion was almost entirely personal, and did not throw a great deal of light on the question- Mr Fisher’s version of the affair was that, the letters having been put Into print for the convenience ef the Governor, he had asked that 200 copies should be furnished to him, but gave no authority for the addition of the nsnal Government imprint toit. All these copies, with the exception if six, which had been sent to private friends, were how in his possession and under look and key. The Premier, on the other hand, asserted that Mr Fisher had had three different editions printed without the knowledge of hie colleagues, who, indeed, knew nothing about it till some months afterwards. _ He maintained that there was a serious principle involved in the publication by a Minister of correspondence Tylth the representative of a foreign Power without the permission of bis colleagues. Tbe upshot of the debate was a general consensus of opinion that for the future it was very undesirable that any Minister should hold a Consulship. The Sergeantshlp-at-Arius. Jost before the House rose the Speaker intimated that he had nominated Colonel De Quincy, of Waikato, an ex-member of the Honse, aa Sergeant-at-Anns. The announcement was received in dead silence, and it apparently completely dumbfounded members. Colonel De Quincy, I understand, lives at Devonport (Auckland), andhaaaoted as District Coroner there for a considerable time. Sir Maurice said that no pressure had been put on him in making the appointment. Colonel De Quincy had gained great distinction in the Indian wars, and afterwards acted as adjntantgeneral of the New Zealand forces. Considerable dissatisfaction is expressed at the appointment. Although the Speaker referred to him as an old member, I find from a search of the Parliamentary records that he only served one session, having been returned for the Pensioners’Settlement electorate (Auckland) in February, 1866, and resigning in July of the following year. The Exhibition Licensing BUI passed through committee this evening, but with a clause added to the effect that no license shall be granted till a local option poll in favor thereof has been taken, the -cost of the poll to be charged to the Exhibition Commisrioneis. The Bill as amended will be reported on Tuesday. The Hainan; Harbor Loan. In committee oh tfcte O.maru Harbor Loan Bill, Mr Hutchison will move a proviso prohibiting the Government from advancing out of the funds of any department- the- L 70,000 proposed to be borrowed by the’Board,

The Representation Debate. It having been given out during fast evening that the Government had cried “ago” over the Representation Bill, and that they had abandoned the idea of pushing the second reading to a division, very little atteution was paid ou the part of hon. members to the speeches that were delivered to-night, and impatience was exhibited to bring the debate toa close. The speaking was resumed by Mr Allen, who supported iv us a means of overcoming all difficulties with respect to the quota, and also of obtaining the representation of individuals instead of locali* ties.—Mr Merchant considered that if the Bill passed it would send members to the House to advocate fads of their own instead of measures for the good of the country.—Mr Mills thought that the Hare system was not suited to the requirements of Hew Zealand so long ns its p ipulation remained so sparse.—Dr Hodgkinson supported, ana Mr Thompson and Mr Vorrall opposed the Bill.—Mr Downie Stewart said he had always opposed single electorates, and would support the Hare system, or any modification of it. There had been a bare quorum throughout the debate; but by this time all interest had manifestly vanished, as no other members ofiered to rise.—Mr Fish withdrew his amendment that the Bill should be read a second time that day six months.—The Colonial Secretary asked leave to withdraw the motion for tha second reading, but Mr Saunders dissented, and leave was refused. —Mr Hislop then replied to the arguments which had been used against the Bill, and explained that the Government had withdrawn it, as members had represented that they had not had sufficient time to master its details, and might, therefore, not be in a position to give an intelligent vote —At the earnest solicitations of tha Premier, who pointed out that if a division were insisted on Ministers would have to vote against the second reading of the Bill, Mr rounders withdiew hi* opposition, and the withdrawal of the measure was unanimously agreed to.—The Colonial Secretary thereupon gave notice of the introduction of a new Representation Bill, which was read a first time and its second reading fixed fer Tuesday. JttttlDjtS. Sir Maurice O’Rorke yesterday completed his tenth year as Speaker of the House. The Government decline to distribute even among members of the House any further conies of the Fisher correspondence. The Colonial Secretary was sufficiently well to resume his seat in the House to-day. The Government have no intention of introducing a Bill this session to amend the Municipal Corporations Act; bat if any matters require immediate atteution they will be glad to receive suggestions from hon. members representing muniflipalities. Mr Joyce wants the Sweating Commission to include a member of the Trades aud Labor Union of Wellington. Reporting upon the petitions for the prohibition of the sale of intoxicants at the Dunedin Exhibition, the Public Petitions Committee recommend th it they should he referred te the Government for consideration. Tbe Law of Libel Bill poised its final stages in the Council this afternoon. On Wednesday evening Mr Soobie Mackenzie raised a point of order that as the Private Schools Bill dealt with appropriations by the State it ought to have originated in committee. The Speaker ruled differently. Mr Mackenzie on Tuesday will move a series of resolutions traversing Sir Maurice’s ruling, and questioning bis right te eider members to be bile! in their remarks. Mr Fish intends to offer every obstruction in his power that the forms of the Bouse allow to the attempts by the country members to take away the rights of the towns. This, of course, is a direct threat of stonewalling. There are fifteen professed and staunch abstainers in the House of Representatives. Jdlt 13, The Representation Bill. Ministers have not yet finally determined on the provisions of the new Representation Bill, but will de so tc-duy, as the second reading of the measure is to bo moved on Tuesday. I understand that an allowance of 25 per cent, to eonntry districts will be made (the present Act gives 18 per cent., but the Act of 1881 allowed 25); bat it is doubtful whether this will satisfy the cravings of country members who have banded themselves together not to aecept less than 83£ per cent. The Bill may possibly provide for the amalgamation of city electorates, but no decision has yst been ecme to on this point, Latbk. Pressure is beirg brought to bear on the Government to induce them to leave the now Representation Bill blank so far as regards the increase of the allowance to country districts. Should this course be assented to, the Premier will now move that the quota be fixed at 25 per cent. Then will ocme the opportunity of the eonntry members to increase it to 33;\ per eent., and some lively proceedings may be expected to ensne; for Mr fish, for one, broadly hiated last night his intention to stonewall.

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POLITICAL FOSSIP., Evening Star, Issue 7958, 13 July 1889

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