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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889
[From Oub Parliamentary Reporter.! WELLINGTON, August 10. A Dull Sitting. As I anticipated, the Property Tax Assess ment Acts Amendment Bill has been placet well down the Order Paper, and instead of » lively sitting to-night’s proceedings in the House have been remarkable for their tameness, and a bare quorum of members have taken par! in the passage of a tew minor Bills, which were advanced a stage. The Shipping and SeamenV Act Amendment Bill, which passed its second reading, provides for tire application of the Shipping and Seamen’s Act, 1877, to all vessels On inland navigable waters, and also L.>r a now scale of fees fur the survey of steamships The Bill has passed the Legislative Council. Responsible Government for Western Australia. The necessity cf aiding Western Austl alia in her agitition for responsible government was again pressed m the attention of the Premier To-night by Mr Seddon, who pointed out that the Legislatures of Victoria and Tasmania had passed resolutions approving of the movement. Sir H. Atkinson promised to inform the House on the following day what the Government proposed to do in reference to the matter. Relief to Crown Tenants, The second reading of the Selectors of Lands’ Revaluation Bill, which provides for the revaluation of certain lands held on deferred payment and perpetual lease respectively, and which has passed the Legislative Council, was assented to in the House tc-night, and the measure was referred to the Waste Lands Committee. It was supported by Messrs Badlance, John M’Kenzie, Valentino, and others, and was opposed by Mr Samuel. Advanced a Stage. The following measures were passed through committee to-night, some slight amendments being made to some cf them -.—Otago Marriages, Marriage Act Amendment, Canterbury Society of Arts Reserve, Public Reserves Amendment, and Fire and Marine Insurance Company. August 20. Dunedin Hospital Improvements. On the House meeting to-day Mr Fisher gave notice that he would ask to-morrow: (1) Have the Government been asked by the trustee) of tho Dunedin Hospital for u subsidy to build a gynecological Wird? (2) If trutees have not aslial for such subsidy, has the subddy been asked for by any other persons ; and, if so, has such application been referred to the trustees ? (.'») If a subsidy for the abovenatned purpose has b-on promised to other persons, on what conditions has it b:eu promised ? and is it a condition that the subsidy shall be handed over unconditionally to tho Hospital Trustees? The Ward-Chrlslle Incident. Judge Ward delivered a long written statement before the Legislative Council Committee yesterday, in which some strong reflections were cast upon the Colonial Secretary. Mr Hislop was invited to attend during Judge Ward’s examination, but did not put in an appearance. When the Committee again meet. Mr Filleul (olt-rk of the Oamaru Court) and the Inspector of Prisons will be examined. I understand that tho object of summoning Captain Hume ie to ascertain why Christie was not clothed _in prison garb after his conviction, instead of beirg allowed to wear his ordinary clothing. An Insurance Measure. Progress had to bo reported on the Fire and Marine Insurance Companies Bill last night owing to the lawyers and Sir J. Hall being unable to draft a satisfactory clause dealing with the registration of companies. By 50 toll Sir J. Hall had carried a new clause to tho effect that any local company hereafter incorporated under the Companies Act, 1882, for the purpose of insuring the property of its own shareholders only, may bo registered as a limited company under that Act if it has a paid-up capital of not less than L 25.000; after which Dr Fitchott and Messrs Izard and Downio Stewart tried to add provisos. Eventually progress had to be reported till the clause as amended was printed. The massacred Din occurs It is understood that the Government have determined to drop the Property Assessment Bill, so that that bona of contention hat been removed, and it is unlikely that any further Attack on the Government will now be tried this session. It may abo be taken for g'-antod that the Hospital and Charitable Aid Bid and tho Medical Practitioners Bill will bn abandoned. Clearing; the Order Paper. No less than ninety-four questions—the accumulation of the lost three weeks—appear «u the Order Paper for to-day’s sitting. It is intended commencing answering them at halfpast two, but the adjournment of the Holme is almost certain to be moved to discuss the answers to some of them; so that it is unlikely that much progress will be made. The Premier is unlikely to give an oppor tunity to Mr fcieddoa of discussing the question of re-ponsible government for Western Australia in the face of tho cablegram to Sir H. I’arkes published to-day. To-night will be devoted to further clearing the Order Paper ot the miner Bills on it. The Otago Central fill! will come up to-morrow or Thursday, and the Premier, before the debate on the second leading closes, will state that the whole of the Government’s public works proposals must be accepted or rejected tn line. Whether in the face of such a declaration Mr W. P Reeves, Mr Goldie, and others will persist in stonewalling tho measure ami tieing up ail works for a year remains to be seen. Local Government. Tho Sub-committee appointed by the Local Government Committee have so far gone in the direction of decentralisation and tho creation of a smaller number of bodi.s than now exist, with, of course, greatly extended functions. Another meeting of the General Committee was hold this morning, at which an interim report was brought up by the Chairman (Dr Hodgkinsoni on behalf of the Sub-committee. After some discussion, tho Committee adjourned to a day to be fixed by the Chairmen.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889
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