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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889
[Feom Oub Fabliamentaby Bepobteb.] WELLINGTON, Jult 19. Trsde with Canada. The Government are already in communication with the Australian and Canadian Governments in reference to the promotion of commercial relations with the Dominion, as suggested by Mr Joyce. The Premier will put himself in communication with Mr Abbot, leader of the Government in the Dominion Senate, as soon as he arrives in Australia. The Enjcineer-ln-Chlef. The member for St. Albans tried, but fai'ed, to raise a laugh this evening, when he asked "Who is the engineer-in-chief?" He explained that he had been induced to ask the question because it was freely reported that that official was in nulibus a most awkward position for such an important official. The Premier replied that he could not state whfther tho engin»er-in-chitf was|t*n 7iubibus or anywhere else; ho could or.ly inform the hon, gentleman that the engineer-in-chief did not exist at present. Sir Harry clearly had the laugh at Mr Beeves's expense. The Dunedln Exhibition. In the Council this afternoon Captain Fraßer presented a petition from residents of Dunedin against the Bill authorising the sale of liquors at the forthcoming Exhibition. On the motion for the second reading of the Dunedin Exhibition Private Street Closing and Licensing Bill being called on, the Speaker ruled that it was a private Bill, and referred it to tho Standing Orders Committee. Mr M'Lean expressed an opinion that such a procedure was unnecessary, as the Bill really affected the whole of the colony. Midland Railway Works.
The Government were questioned by Mr B. Beeves this afternoon as to whether the Midland Baiiway Company have indicated when they are likely to commence work at tho Springfield and Belgrove ends of the line. The Minister of Works said that he understood the surveys at Springfield end were to be commenced at on'.e. Nothing had yet been decided as to the Belgrove end, but the engineer-in-chief of tho company would be in the colony within the next four or five weeks, and as soon as ho arrived the matter would have his (the Minister's) attention. Assembling of Natives.
In moving the second reading of the Native Meetings Bill in the Council this afternoon, the Attorney-General referred to the danger there was in Natives going about in large parties armed. Sir George Whitmore supported the second reeding, but said he would try in committee to remove certain objectionable clauses. —Mr Wahawahasaidthat if the Government had paid auy attention to what he had told them last eesaion there would have bean no disturbance about Te Kooti on the Eiht Coast daring the recess. He was in favor of the Bill as a whole, but there was a clause he obj'jctf d to which, in his opinion, treated offenders and innocent men alike. He considered that the Bill should beso clearly defined as to apply only to Te Kooti and his followers, and not to Natives living quietly in their own districts.—Opposition to the measure was expressed by Mr Taiaroa on the ground that it iuterfered with his people, who never, created any disturbances. Mr Wilson strongly opposed the Bill, saying that the disturbance lately created by 1 e Kooti was not of sufficient importance for the introduction of such a measure. Had the Government been firm in their action, he held that there would have been no row.—Dr Pollen and Mr M Lean thought that the Bill would have a good result, and euppoitedits second reading,—The second reading was agreed to. Tlie Otekaike Runs. A question put by Mr Duncan thta afternoon with respect to the sale of the Otekaike runs piovoked a disoussion which lasted nearly the wholo afternoon. The Minister of Lands admitted that a mistake had been nude for which he was entirely responsible. The night be!ore land was put up to auction the Cabinet decided to withdraw the Otekaike sections from sale until a report was received. Two cases had been under discussion—viz., Runs 228 and 228 a, and 28 and 28a. Ho sent off a telegram to the auctioneer, trusting to his memory, and had no idea that a mistake had been made until he received an urgent telegram frcm Dalgety and Co. threatening a mandamus if the runs were withdrawn. The lease of Runs 28 and 28a, Ottkaike, sold to Messrs Campbell and Son?, was completed on 21st June, and the license had been issued because the Government had no power to interfere after the sale. These runs would have been withdrawn but for his mistake. A Troublesome Couple. No doubt moat of your readers are aware of the existenca of the Agnews-a couple who came to Wellington some three sessions ego with a supposed grievance as to deprivation |of their land in Central Otago, and whose persistent advocacy of their claims to members of Parliameat has made them quite notorious. Just before the Houee met they were sentenced to a month a imprisonment for vagrancy, and as they were hurried from the dock they protested against the deprivation of their liberty, alleging that this course was pursued because the session was coming on. Since their release from gaol a couple of days ago, they have pursued their former attentions to Cabinet Ministers and members generally, tearfully pleading "to be put on their land." With a view to being rolitved of their presence and protests Mr M'Gregor, the senior Government whip, is going round with the hat raisiuj: funds for the puipose of shipping them off to Melbourne. Probably in a few days tho newspaper heading "The Agnews Again" will give place to "The Agnews on Tour." A. Suaru Passage>at-arms. Bather a sharp triangular duel took place to-night between the Speaker on the one hand and Sir George Grey, with Mr Mos3, on the other. The Knight of Eawau was speaking in opposition to the motion for Monday sittings, when ho travelled rather wide of the subjeot, and was pulled up by Mr Speaker. " Move the adjournment of the House," suggested Mr Mess In an audible undettone, and Sir George Grey accordingly did so. The Speaker said he was sorry Mr George had been led into a trap, but he could not accept a motion "that the House do now adjourn " at an amendment relating to adjournment till Monday. Sir George Grey indignantly denied that he had fallen into any trap. Mr Moss warmly resented what had been imputed to him, and said he knew better, and had more respect for the membsr for Auckland East than to try to entrap him. Sir George Grey also objected to the Speaker's language, and said it was not becoming of Mr Speaker to addresß any member in the manner in which he had just spoken—(Cries or "Order.")— Sir M. O'Rorke retorted that there was a proper way of bringing the Speaker's conduct under the rcviiw of the House, and it would be his duty to interfere and exert his authority if any attempt were made to speak in any way derogatory to the d'gnity of his office. Sir George Grey: It is not what others say_ that takes away from the dignity of the chair; it is not the speeches made by others. There the in cident ended. Jottings. The member for Inangahua is not often caught napping, but be was this afterncon. When Mr Speaker called on him to put the question standing in his name, Mr Reeves was sound asleep and had to be awakened. In speaking to the Representation debate the Premier was hitter in tone, Mr Mossaud Mr W, P. Reeves (especially the latter) coming under his lash. Mr Turnbull interrupted some scathing remarks addressed to the latter with the remark "Be generous, be generous." Mr Izard says that it is well known that the member for Sfanawatu is the prime mover in the question of the country quota, and that the Government are simply dancing to his piping. Mr Duncan declares that the spectacle of 0,000 people having left our shores is largely due to them being hounded out of land fit for settlement by the way that the Government deal 'with the runs.
The Bill providing for the holding of eleotions of liceneing oommitteea triennially instead of annually will be piloted through the Council by the Hon. Mr Shrimski. Its passage is asaured in the Council.
The Share Register Inspection Bill has been read a second time, and the Marriage Act Amendment Bill has passed its final stages. feir G. Grey states that Parliament should be dissolved, owing to the great changes which have been made In the representation of the country. The Educational Franchise Bill has been entrusted to the Hon, G, M'Lean, and its
passage through the Counoil this session seems probable. Mr Taylor this afternoon styled Mr Seddon " The Great Tribune of the West Ccabt." The hon. gentleman smiled, and could Bee no tarcasm in the remark. Mr B. H. Beeves says that the Government have not gained a "try" this session, while the Opposition have beea scoring goals the whole time. Mr J; C. Brown thinks that as there is a vacancy in the Ministry, a Minister for Agriculture should be appointed. The Medical Practitioners Bill will receive short shrift in the Council next week. Speaking of small grazing runs, the Minister of Lauds says: "In suitablo country it works well, in unsuitable country, it does not," which is a surprising announcement. Mr Mackeuzie says that there was only one independent man on the Commission which classified the Canterbury runs. All the rent were Government servants who overrode the opinions of the one independent Commissioner,, . The next general election will, according to John M'Keuzie's jurisdiction, show that Mr Biohardson's land administration is unsatisfactory to the colony. A very large majority of the members ore in favor ot a land grant to the late Mr Macandrew'B family. The Executive Committee appointed in the interests of the country members have deter- , mined to hold out through thick and thin for a deduction of 25 per cent, from the towns, proposed by the Government Bill, to 33J per cent. Jult 20. Shelved. The question raised by Mr Scobie Mackenzie as to the correctness of the Speaker's ruling o» the point of order in the debate on the Private Schools Bill is not likely to come up again, it having lapsed this week through Mr Mackenzie being absent when the motion of which re hod given notice was called on. Mr Downie Stewart, who is one of the most acute lawyers in tho House, has consulted precedents, and given the opinion that Mr Speaker's ruling was perfectly correct. The Sergeant-at-Arms. Colonel De Qaincy, thenewsergeant-at-arms, arrives overland from Auokland to-night, an 4 will enter on his duties next week. Mr Macandrew's Family. The proposal to get a land grant or sum of money for the late Mr Macandrtw's daughters has received the almost unanimous approval of members, and on Monday Mr Larnacb, Mr Mills, and Mr Ballance interview the Pu-mier on the matter. Preparing a Stonewall. The pobitioii of the representation difficulty practically remains unchanged. I understand that all the town members will talk on the motion for the second reading, and that after they have exhausted their right to speak Mr Barron will propose the amendmont he gave notice of yesterday, which will afford them an opportunity cf having a further say. Then on the motion that "the Speaker do leave the chair," another chance will be given to those members who object to the Bill to again record their protest, so that the probabilities are that the measure will not get into committee for some days. The SalvationistsMr Seddon intends to again bring before the House the matter of interference with members of the Salvation Army at Hastings. The Welllngton-Manawatu Railway. The Public Petitions Committee, reporting on the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company's petitions, recommend that the capital of the shareholders be assessed at the market value of shares; that as to capital borrowed on debentures the company should be restored to their position as at the date of tho contract, so that they may bo empowered to deduct the Property Tax paid by them in respect to the amount of their liability to their debenture-holders from any moneys from time to time payable to them by the petitioning company. The Committee further recommend, as to the subject of local rating, that the question should receive the consideration of the Government. Dredge 222.
The Port Chalmers people are exercised over the prospect of the removal of the big dredge to Melbourne, in vie* of the fact that tomo shoaling has taken place in the Lower Harbor, and have addressed a strong letter of remonstrance to the Premier on the subjeot, The matter is in the hands of Mr J. Milln, who Lai promptly brought it under the notice of the Piemier.
I may eay that there is a feeling among soma members that the Government should securo a suitable dredge that might go from port to port in cases where dredging is occasionally required.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7964, 20 July 1889
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