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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[From Ouh Parliamentary Beportjib. WELLINGTON, July 25. Educational Franchise Bill. For the sixth successive time the Legislative Council has refused to accept the decision of the popular Chamber, or to be guided by public opinion in the matter of the Educational Franchise Bill, the main feature of which was the abolition of the cumulative vote at school committee elections. The Hon. C. M'Lean moved the second reading of the measure this afternoon in a temperate speech, in which he said that the Bill had repeatedly passed the oiher branch of the Legislature, and had as persistently been rejected by the Council. 1 here was every indication of the second reading being assented to without debase, whea Mr Barnicoat made a somewhat ill-advised speeeh, which provoked the opponents of the Bill.

Mi Oliver led off the Opposition by remarking that, iu hid opinion, it was merely ignorant clamor which protested against the existing Act. The matter had already frequently been calmly considered by the Council, and it was an insult to the Chamber to repeatedly introduce the proposed measure. Captain Baillie expressed tbe opinion that the Bill, if passed, would only prove a burden to the Statute Book, and moced that it be read a second time that day six months. The Hon. Mr Reynold?, believing that the Bill was approved by a majority of the school districts, hoped that it would be permitted to pass. Mr Mantell described the Bill as a fad, which had been allowed to pass in the other Chamber simply because hen. members did not like to hurt the feelings of their friends, knowing at the same time that the good sense of the Council would lead to its rejection. The Attorney-General, while recognising the fact that the Bill was not a perfect one, trusted that it would be allowed to go into committee, when it might be amended in consonance with the ideas of the Council. Mr Oliver showed his ignorance of public affairs in Dunedin by declaring that there was no agitation in that City for the repeal of the cumulative vote. Replying to Mr Shrimski's assertion that the continuance of the cumulative vote was absolutely essential to the representation of minorities, the Hon. Mr M'Lean pointed out that a gentleman belonging to'the Hebrew persuasion had asked him to pilot the present measure through the Council, and said thatuny gentle man showing an active and intelligent interest in educational matters would be elected under the single vote system. The second reading of the Bill was' rejfeted I bylß to 10. Of the Otago Councillors, Messrs M'Lean and Reynolds supported the measure; while Messrs Shrimski, Oliver, and Captain Fraser voted against it. Thames School of Mines. Mr A. M'Kay, Assistant Geelogist for the colony, has been appointed director of the Thames School of Mines in succession to Mr M6ntgomer'y, who has received an appointment in Tasmania. July 26. Mr Ballance's Ballot. Only 57 votes were recorded in the secret ballot instituted by Mr Ballance to ascertain the feeling of members in regard to increasing the number of members' of the House to 9 \ Forty-nine votes were recorded in favor of reverting to the status quo.- ' The Exhibition Licensing Bill passed through committee in the Legislative Council this'afternoon. The local option clause was struck out, and a new clause was inserted to enable a transfer of license to be effected in the same manner as a publican's license, and provided that no person shall be disci jalifled from "the membership of the Licensing Committee by reason of his being a shareholder in or otherwise connected with the management of the Exhibition. This, with certain amendments, will be agreed to by the Lower House. The third reading of the Bill has been fixed for next Thursday. The Triennial Licensing; Bill passed its final stages in the Legislative Council without amendment.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7969, 26 July 1889

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