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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[From Oua Parliamentary Reporter.

WELLINGTON, July 24. The A»e of Consent. A deputation consisting of Sir J. Hall, Messrs T. Thompson, Goldie, W. P. Reeves, Saunders, Jones, Humphreys, and Dr Hewman waited »pon tho Premier tbis evening to urge upon him the necessity of raising the age of content. Every member of the deputation spoke, the general {eeling being tlia.t it would not be wise to attempt too much, but that if the age of sonsent were raised to fourteen years it would pass the House without much opposition The ITemier agreed to bring in Buch a Bill, but without positively undertaking to fix the age at that stated. _ Tbe Codlln Moth Pest. A Bill which has been prepared by Mr Jones, dealing with the oodlin moth pest, has met with the general approval of members who lately moved in the matter. It proposes to nsake it unlawful to avl: or offer for sale any fcuit containing any moth or the caul or chrysalis thereof; whether suoh fruit has been jrowa in the colony or imported from abroad, •r to remove fruit from a district in which it is yawn to any other district, or convey int» any district a case, box, barrel, or other receptacle whi«h hasatany time contained fruitso infected. !*ower is given to the Customß Department to •ondemn and destroy infected fruit, or boxes, ett., which have containednucb. Nothing has yet b*en decided as to tho machinery clauses of the Bill with regard to enforcement of tho penalties, fcut in this or any other respect the p-omotern •f the Bill will be glad to receive suggestions from those interested. > Seduction of Members. If anything has been made specially clear during the representation debate It is that there is a very large section of members of the House favorable to the repeal of the Act of 1887, and a •onseouent lestoration of tho strength of the Jb ouse to ninety-five. An effort is being made to gnago the general opinion of the subject by the issue to every member of a ballot papsr on which he is request* d to indicate whether he would favor a return to the status quo ante, and to send the »»per to one of the offices in tho buildings by S ridcy next. The circular is anonymous, but it transpired this evening that the Hon. Mr Ballance ia its author. The result of the vote will be awaited with interest. The following is the form of the ballot paper:—" Billot paper to be deposited in the ballot box in Mr Otterson's room by twelve noon on Friday, the 26th July. A proposal to restore the number of European members te ninety-one. Aye. No. Strike out the word 'aye' or •po,' leaving uncancelled the word which repre»ents your opinion, but writing nothing on the paper." The intention, I understand, is to get an idea of the real feeling of members on this question, which it is thought could not be obtained by open voting. Hence the idea of having a secret ballot taken. The result of the veto will be disclosed on Friday afternoon. As obstinate as Ever. The Council rejected the Educational Franchise Bill by 18 to 10.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Evening Star, Issue 7968, 25 July 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Evening Star, Issue 7968, 25 July 1889

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