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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
[From Our Parliamentary Reporter. 1 WELLINGTON, Jclv 15. Tbe Bating Act. It was announced a few days ago that Government had no intention of amending the Rating Act this session. Another effort is to be made to induce them to take some action, and, on the House meeting to-morrow, Mr Cadman is to present a petition ftorn upwards of 300 leading business men of Auckland, praying that the Act may be so amended as to prevent local bodies from selling land for r*t*s without giving reasonable notice to the owners. Tbe petition will, in the ordinary oours.', bo rif erred to the Petitions Committee, who will probably recommend the Government to introduce a mcasuro giving effect to the prayer of the petitioners. The Rating Act makes m provision to compel local bodies to use reasonable means (such os a search of the Deeds Office) of ascertaining who is the owner of the land on which rates are due. In the petition which is to be forwarded to Mr Cadman for presentation several suggestions are made as to the course the amendments of the Aot should take. It is proposed, inter did, that tho local body should be compelled to serve a notioe on the last registered proprietor of the land, search for the title being made by the local body before judgment is recorded, and ono month to elapse between the issuing of a summons against the " owner " and the hearing of the case. It is also proposed that a memorandum of such judgment shall be preserved with the Registrar of Deeds for the district, so as to give publioifj te the fact that the property is liable for judgment ; that all judgments now outstanding shall be forwarded to tbe Registrar of Deeds within six months from date of the Act, er else shall lapse; and that an absolute indefeasible title shall be given to the'purchaser or lessee of any lasd under the Eating Aot. A Seeming Injustice.
Mr Valentine, member for Waikaia, is exercised over what, if true, is a manifest injustice. He says that an occupier of a farm having a road belonging to the Government between bis farm and a river is liable in this way: if tbe river ehanges its courte and cuts away the road, the Crown is still in a position to take a road lino off the farm without compensation. If tbe rivai should as some down South—notably the Mahtura frequently change its course then a man stands a good chance of having bis whole 'arm taken away from him without compensation. In some parts of Otago as much as 100 acres of soil have been swept away off a run in a winter by the action of the river. Mr Valentine says he has a Waikaia ease in point that bears out his reading of the Aot, and if this is so he intends drawing attention to the Act, and requesting tbe Minister of Lands to take steps to remedy such an anomaly in tbe law. Ptriiiie 1 Works Statement.
Although thb Publio Works Statement has been some flays in type, and has been submitted tfl the Cabinet for consideration, Mr Miccheteph informs me that it is not likely to be brought down before Friday. The delay is of course occasioned by the fact that the Representation Bill blocks the way, the House haying expressed a wish to get rid of this question before taking up any other business. Waikula-Rlrersdnle Hallway.
Mr Yaleutine waited on the Minister of Works this morning with reference to the Waikaia-Riversdale Railway. It seems that somo years ago L 40.000 were allooated for this railway, bat after close on L 15.000 had been expended the construction of the line was discontinued. Wow, as one or two railways in a like position in other parts of the colony arc to be commenced again, Mr Talentine also wishes this work to be gone on with. He reoeived a petition from 269 of the settlers in his dißttict praying for it to be recommenced. The settlers to a nan wish it. The Minister says that it would need a separate plant to work the line, and then only at a loss, so the Railway Commissioners do not feel justified in reopening the railway. He promised, bowerer, that he would look the matter up, and giro in full the reasons that prevent the railway being completed. Mr valentine says that the settlers have a moral if not a legal claim on the Government to complete the work. He is dissatisfied with the reply of the Minister, and will have further communications with him on the subject. Jblt 16. The Canadian Commissioner. On Friday Mr Joyce will ask the Premier whether the Government propose to cable to Mr Abbott, leader of the Government in Canade, on his arrival in Australia from England, asking him when promoting oommeroial relation*, either in reciprocal tariff treaties or in relation to the Canadian-Paoifio mail service, to favorably consider New Zealand as being in tho line of oommunicati&n from British Columbia to 4us to alia, and that this colony is prepared to consider proposals for reciprocal oommeroial relations with Canada. Mr Joyce informs me that both Mr Ballanee, leader of the Opposition, and Mr Wtsd, who is the moving spirit in the antiSan Francisco subsidy, warmly approve of a Canadian-raciflo seivioe. lhe Representation BUI.
It is understood that the new Representation Bill was printed and ready for circulation last evening, bat at the last moment the AttorneyQeneral discovered that one clause would bear two interpretations Tbe entire set was therefore destroyed and Ministers tpent the whole of this morning in Cabinet deciding in what form the Bill should finally be brought in. Under the new Bill the quota for the country districts is fixed at 25 per cent., but it iB calculated on a new basis, being deduoted from the population of the oity electorates, instead of being added to the country. The oity electorates, with their environs, are to bo amalgamated, Auokland, Wellington, Chtlstohurcb, ard Dunedin eaoh returning three members. A Proper Reform. When the Public Works Statement hj brought dowu, the usual formality of reading it will be dispensed with, the Minister in charge simply laying it on the table in printed form. This course will enable the ordinary business to be proceeded with at the fame sitting and an evening saved, for it has hitherto been tbe invariable on torn to adjourn after the de'.ivery of the Statement.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7960, 16 July 1889
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