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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889
[From Our Parliamentary Reporter, j WELLINGTON, August 14. Nearins the End. For the remainder of the session Government business will take precedence of all other business on Thursday evening?. This will leave the two or three hours on Thursday afternoons for local Bills, ami takeaway altogether the time usually allowed for numerous piivate member.-’ lii-.ellings, w;, r. which the Order Paper is burdened. The Premier has, however, promised to eonsiocr the desirableness of taking up the most important of these measures. Jottings. Dr Fitohett is inquiring when the Mechanics’ Lieu Bill will be issued, and whether the Government intend to pass it into law this session. Oa the first available opportunity Dr Hodgkinson asks whether Ministers will instruct the Agent-General to make inquiries through the British Consul in Norway, with a view to provide for the emigration from that country to New Zealand of a few women skilled in spinning aud weaving wool aud flax ; and will they give free or assisted passages to a few of such experts, and place them in suitable premises where they may have an opportunity of teaching their handicrafts to the women of the colony ? The Premier this afternoon informed Mr Seddon that tho New Zealand Government had agreed to join in urging that responsible government should be granted to Western Australia. They did not think, however, that the northern part of Australia should bo handed over to the new colony, holding strongly that those lands which never could bo occupied by Europeans should be governed by either the Federal Council or a separate Government. He had received a letter from Sir H. Parkes on tho subject, giving the views of tho New South Wales Government. In conclusion, Sir H. A. Atkinson promised to consider the desirability of giving the House an opportunity of discussing the question. The Government promised last week that all papers relating to the reprieve of Chemis, convicted of the Kuiwarra murder, should be laid before the House. To-day the Premier informed Mr Fisher that some of the affidavits included in the Chemis papers had been found to contain paragraphs reflecting upon certain innocent persons, who have already suffered a good deal. The papers were, therefore, being carefully looked into in order to prevent matters of ’the kind creeping in ; and as soon as that was completed they would be laid on the table, Tho object of the Wi Pere Grant Bill, notice of the introduction of which was given by the Minister of Lands this afternoon, is to give effect to the finding of an Arbitration Court on an old claim of the late member for the Eastern Maori Division. Seven commissions have been appointed by the Government during the last year to inquire into various matters. Their total cost to the colony was L 1,030. In the Council this afternoon a number of minor measures were advanced a stage. The Selectors’ Revaluation and Animals’ Protection Bills were committed, reported without amendments, read a third time, and passed ; and the amendments made by the Lower House in the Patent Designs and Trade Marks Bill were considered and Agreed to. An interesting return was laid on the table of the House to-day on the motion of Mr W. J. Steward, showing the cost per week of a sitting of Parliament in respect to items the outlay on which depends upon the length of a session, as distinguished from the fixed expetsas, such as officers’ salaries, honorariums, etc. The total amount is L 32 7a lid par day, apart from the cost of printing ‘ Hansard ’ (not which is L32Gs 8d per diem. The working expenses of tho electric lighting system amount to 4s lid per hour. Considerable opposition was shown in the Council this afternoon to tho Native Meetings Bill, which has for its object tho suppression cf Native gatherings. The Hou. Mr Wilson expressed the opinion that the amendments made by the Native Affairs Committee, making it apply to both races, had altogether altered the Bill, rendering it almost unrecognisable. Several hon. gentlemen suggested that the Bill might be committed and progress then reported, so that the amendments might be printed. That course was acted on.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889
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