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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7975, 2 August 1889
[From Ouk Parliamentary Reporter.) WELLINGTON, August 1. Responsible Government for Western Australia. The Hon, Mr Larnach and Mr Valentine, M.Q.K., had an important interview with the Premier this morning on the subject of bis Government taking active steps to assist the other colonies of Australia in their endeavors to strengthen the claims of Western Australia for responsible government. The Premier replied that the Government were in full sympathy with the movement. He was ready most heartily to co-operate in that direction with the other colonies in older to obtain for Western Australia what she desires, giving her control within the temperate zone. Jottingrs. Mr Withy, member for Newton, intimated this afternoon that he, for one, did not intend to again stand for election. The Dunedin Licensing Bill, with the local option clause excise?, has passed its final stages in the Council. As soon as the Representation Bill has passed, the Government will doubtless state as to the measures they intend to persevere with. Mr Bruce says that parties are in an absolutely idiotic state, and he regrets that he has not a leader whom ho can follow with enthusiasm. It was distinctly hinted by Mr Fisher this afternoon that there was a probability that Parliament would ho dissolved in the coming recess. Mr Monk to-day likened members election promises to a merchant’s promissory notes, in that neither should be dishonored; subsequently, warming up to his subject, ho declared that he would rather cut off his right hand than revoke a single hustings pledge. The Wellington City members all supported a return to ninety-ore members; the Dunedin and Auckland representatives were divided on the question. Taiwhanga says that he picked up the European tongue in the streets of Auckland, and that his education had not coat the Government one penny. August 2. Disposal of Grown Lands. The Minister of Lands furnishes the following return of lands disposed of during the quarter ended 30th June, 1889 160 selectors took np 12,300 acres ; 87 deferred-payment selectors took up 10,200 acres; 202 perpetual lease, 57,400 acres; 14 small grazing runs, 34,000 acres; 82 in other classes took up 2,067 acres ; 110 pastoral leases, 2,875,000 acres; —total, 653 selectors, 2,990,966 acres. The Government Firm on the Reduction Question.
On resuming at 2.30 p.m. to day, it transpired that efforts for a compromise had so far heen unavailing. The Premier, in answer to a question, gave the Committee to understand that a reversal of the reduction of members vote would mean the resignation of the Government or a dissolution, Sir Hamlin’s Ruling: Questioned. Most of the town party w.rc dieeati-fied with Mr Hamlin’s ruling last night, and wished after the House rose to appoint a new chairman. Major Campbell, Cle.k to Parliament, was appealed to to act as clerk in his friend’s absence; but he pointed out that the Committee had risen for the night, and expressed disapprobation of the proposal to put through a Representation Bill after the Government and members had left the Chamber, Mr Richard Reeves took the chair and rang the bell for a quorum, to the intense surprise of those who were in the lobby. The town members, though seemingly aggrieved with Mr Hamlin's condact, were in a very playful mood.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7975, 2 August 1889
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