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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889
[From Our Parliamentary Reporter. I WELLINGTON, July 31. The Reporters Get an Ovation. For six whole days tbe representatives of the Press were excluded from the galleries cf the House while the representation stonewall dragged its weary way along. They therefore felt entitled to make something in the way of a demonstration to signalise their, readmission this afternoon. Forming into lino at the door of the gallery, they made a melodramatic entrance in single file, a la the policemen in 'The Pirates of Penzance.' Ah soon as the lock was turned the member* of the House took in the joke at once, and gave the Pressmen a hearty cheer as they at a given signal dropped into their seats and got their pencils into working order. Personal. Mr Downie Stewart denies that he was not in sympathy with the town p3rty from the outset. He says that the reason he did not attend their early caucuses was that, he was engiged on tho meetings of the local Bills and Chattels Transfer Bill Committees of which he u obairman; and to prove that the party had every faith in his thorough acquaintance with their action he points to the lact that he was authoiised to prepare the manifesto in reply to that issued by the country members. The Member for Dunealn South. A story told at Mr Fish's expense is that when he severed his connection with the Government party recently he removed his belongings from the Ministerial whip's room, but on applying for admission to the Opposition room
he was told to hang up his coat for the present iu the lavatory, which ia situated between the This evening there was a good deal of personal badinagu exchangi d between Messrs *ish and Seddon, in the course of which the latter eeutleraan poW iun at his opponent for being in an intermediate position, and belonging, in fact, to " the washhouse party." Hon. members enjoyed immensely the wordy duel between the meuibeis for Kumara and Dunedin South. Relief to Crown Tenants.
A short till will be introduced by the Government this session giving relief to Crown tenants. A provision will ba made for tho appointm.-ut of waste land boards as courts of appeal, to which all holders of land who took it up prior to the coming into operation of the Land Act vi 1887 can apply for ruliff. The period within which such applications can bo made will bo extended to 1' t January, 1891, and in the meantime the Government will collect all o\ oi due amounts as assessed upon the valuations contained in the schedule now laid on the table of tho House, and which are in many cases much below tho original prices agreed to be paid for the land. The measure will be in lieu of the Fair Kent Bill introduced last session, and will provide machinery dealing with every possible case where di-satisfaction exists. But it will not apply to lands taken up since the passage of the Land Act, 1887. Seddon v. Fish. During his speech to-night Mr Fish charged Mr Seddon with having in the lobbies favored the acceptance of a compromise on behalf of the country party on the "quota" question, and with having at tho conference held a short time afterwards departed from that undertaking. This Mr Seddon denied, and charged the member for Dunedin South with making a statement not founded on fact. Warm words followed, in the course of which for Seddon referred to the report that Mr Fish, while piofesßing to be the working man's friend, had cut down the wages of the painters in his employ. Mr Fish protested against his private affairs being dragged into a discussion on the floor of the House, and warmly remarked that if the member for Kumara were not a coward he would net have made Buch an unfounded remark. Loud cries of "Order!" were followed by a demand from tho Chairman of Committees to withdraw tho word.—Mr Fish : "I withdraw tho word at vour request, sir; but, Mr Hamlin, I would also ask the hon. member for Kumara to withdraw, he having gone too far in alluding to personal matters." —Mr Seddon: "No member of this House has a greater respect for the chair than I have, and I accordingly withdraw every objectionable word I may havi; used—without any but?. I respect law and order, aiid thereto withdraw ; but if you go outside law and order, you will find that the man now addressing you is as good a man as stands in the House of Representatives."— The hon. gentleman went on to accuse Mr Fish of retailing lobby gossip, and added : "A wellknown maxim says that evil companions corrupt good morals. (Laughter). 1 shall for tho future be very dreiul of the companions I select or the- men I speak to. ! ' August 1. Responsible Government for Western Australia. Tho Hon. Mr Larnach and Mr Valentine, M.H.R., had an important interview with the Premier this morning on the subject of his Government taking active steps to assist the other colonies of Australia in their endeavors to strengthen the claims of Weptern Australia for responsible government. The Premier repliid that the Government were in full sympathy with the movement. He was _ ready most heartily to co-operate in that direction with tho other colonies in order to obtain for Western Australia what she desires, giving her conttol within the temperate zone.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7974, 1 August 1889
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