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'Hansard’ Pickings, Issue 7979, 7 August 1889
' Hansard ’ Pickings
CROWN I,AW OFFICERS. He did not think they had too much work to do, though, knowing a good deal of what went on in’”the Government Buildings, he believed that there was too much running to the Crown Law Gilmers by the of various departments. It seemed as if nothing could be done in any of the departments without taking the opinion of the Crown Law Officers, and he had often laughed, when he had gone to make inepriry about the simplest of things, because the person to whom he had gone could or would do nothing without first taking the opinion of tho Law Officers, when any common-sense man would have at once decided what ought to have been done without any such reference.—(Mr Filzherbert.)
EKIHT hours’ DOMESTIC SERVICE, I have been told that this measure (Eight Hours Bill) would interfere very materially with the domestic arrangements of families. I believe that that will be found imaginary when this Bill becomes law, because I contend that under any proper system of domestic management there is no necessity to work servant girls for any longer period than eight hours a day. lam well aware of this fact, and I say it with all due respect to the ladies: that there are a very large number of them who do not think that they arc doing their duty—if I may use a term which I think one of the Ministers used last night—as “bosses” unless they keep their servantgills on the trot morning, noon, and night. Now, sir, I believe myself that kind of treatment can be avoided : and if the other kind of treatment I suggested just now is resorted to there is not the slightest doubt that this Bill would make domestic servitude a great deal more popular than it i:.- at the present day. It seems that popularity nowadays counts for a good deal, and I am desirous of making domestic service popular. Then, sir, we are told that this Bill will interfere with farmers. 1 do not think it will. There is no doubt in my mind that the employment of a fe\v additional men would get over all this difficulty. —(V3r Taylor.) WAGERS ON’ ELECTIONS. Mr Ilislop : Clause 28 (Corrupt Practices Bill) is a transcript from the Victorian Act, and it prevents wagers being made upon the results of elections. I think that hon. gentlemen will agree that under the guise of wagers a good deal of what is in effect bribery goes on. At any rate, that lias been my experience in my district, and I know that. Mr Billancc : I quite agree with the hon. gentleman that it may bo wise to legislate to prevent wagering at elections. We know that many bets are made at elections, and that men will vote in their own interests if they have a large number of bets on. Mr Fish : With regard to the provision against wagers, I agree with the hon. member for Wanganui that these wagers very seriously affect the results of elections sometimes, particularly in large cities ; hut does the hon. member mean to tell me that, even if this Bill passes, wagers will not be made? It is absurd. It means that one unfortunate man out of a hundred will be caught aud punished, and all the rest will go free. You might just as well say that you could prevent drunkenness by passing s law to prevent the sale of liquor. This will simply prevent freedom of action, and make men do surreptitiously what otherwise they would do openly. A SCHOOL COMMITTEE OF TEACHERS. It appears that at any rate in one district the master of the school has been elected a member of the Committee, and, I believe, also as chairman of the Committee. Now’, it seems a very peculiar thing that snen should be the case, because, if that is possible under tho Act as it stands at present, then it follows that in a large school like the East Christchurch School, where there are some 1,300 children and probably tight or nine male teachers, it would be quite possible for the majority of the Committee to consist of masters, who could give themselves as many holidays as they fiked.—(An hon. member: The Education Board would interfere.) —It is possible that they might; but a difficulty, as my hon. friend will sec, arises owing to a recent Supreme Court decision as to the meaning of the word “consult,” the decision being that tho Education Board cannot act in certain matters without the consent of the school committees. At any rate that is the moot point, and if the Committee were so constituted I doubt if the Board would get the Committees consent.—(Vlajov Steward.} .MINORITIES SHOULD FIGHT. _ I maintain that the position for a minority, generally speaking, in the country and iu each electorate, is to be a fighting minority. Unless a minority has the ability and tho intelligence and the public spirit to fight for its views and to endeavor to turn itself into a majority, that minority has no right to bo represented ; and it is that condition of things which is the best education our electorates can have.—(Mr Walker.) •SIR ORACLE. The question has been argued quite long enough, and if the hon. member for Mount Ida wants to talk he can have the House to himself, for I am sure nobody will stop to hear him. As for telling mo or the House Unit the country cares much about it, tho country knows as much about it as it cares. —(Mr Kerr.)
'Hansard’ Pickings, Issue 7979, 7 August 1889
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