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[From Oub Parliamentary Reporteh.j WELLINGTON, August 13. Backing Down. The Opposition aro less hopeful to-day, Mr Ballance's speech last evening (in which ho advocated further borrowing in order to complete to paying points all railways partly constructed) having thrown consternation into and caused dismay among their ranks. Of course no other business will be gono with till the present debate is disposed of. The Government whips now claim a certain majority of from 3 to 5 votes, A Direct Challenge. It is understood that the Premier will make a statement at 7.30, pointing out that the necessary revenue without extra taxation through the Customs could not be raised if the Property Tax were repealed, and challenging its opponents to show tho effect on the revenue were a land and income tax substituted. Local Government. When the Premier recently agreed to set up a committee to consider what hotter form of local government could bo devised, he expressed' the opinion that ho was not hopeful of much good resulting from their deliberations. Tho Committee motto-day and appointed a sub-committer, consisting of Messrs Jones, Tanner, and Dr Hodgkiuson, to bring up a report. Tho members of the House agreo that little benefit is likely to accrue from their deliberations, and humorously remarked that the sub-Com-mittee will probably euggest the repeal of tho Abolition of the Provinces Act. Taxation. The Premier to-night will lay before the House figures showing the revenue to be derived from a land tax as againstthe Property Tax, and will show that it is impossible to carry on if the former is adopted. I understand that the Premier will give a pledge to riduoe tho Property Tax next year if tho finances will permit of it, and will indicate no intention of putting on fi riher taxation through the Customs. Settling Down to Work. The Premier intends taking Thursday evenings for the remainder of the session for Government busincsp. Mr Flslicr lias a Question. Mr Fisher has given notice of his intention to ask whether the Government will proceed against Messrs Bing, Harris, and Co., merchants, of Christchurch, Dunedin, and Wellington, to recover penalties for alleged frauds upon the Customs revenne committed by that firm in February last. The Representation Bill. In the Legislative Council Colonel Whitmore said that rather than endanger the passage of the Representation Bill and cause dissatisfaction to tho people he would swallow the ono man one vote clause. Tho measuro will probably go right through the Council as passed in the House. married v. Single. Dr Fitchett is inquiring whether single men are being employed in preference to married in the telegraph and telephone services in Dunedin, and if so, why so ? lluncilln Petitions. The following Dunedin petitions were presented today:—From Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co., who say that they had entered into a contract to purchaso so much saccharine per month for a fixed period, and that the sudden imposition of a prohibitive duty of 5s per ounce has completely killed the sale of the article, and involved tho company in serious loss, for which they pray relief (Dr Fitchett). From Thomas Bell and Co., Limited, who say that they owned Sunday Island prior to and at tho time of its annexation by the New Zealand Government, and have sold leases and portions of the island, and the company prays for compensation. From the master and crew of the Janet Ramsay, praying for the remission of the fine and costs, as also a return of the skinß seized by the Collector of Customs (Mr Fish).

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Evening Star, Issue 7984, 13 August 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Evening Star, Issue 7984, 13 August 1889