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[From Ocb Parliamentary Reporter.! WELLINGTON, August 22. The Exhibition Rifle Meeting. A " round robin " promoted by Mr Anderson, the member for Bruce, asking the Government to increase the amount to be placed on the Supplementary Estimates for the Exhibition Rifle Meeting at Dunedin in January next, has been signed by fifty members. The request is based on the tact that a large number of competitors are expected from Australia, and that the meeting will be of an intercolonial character, Personal. More than one member of the House lias received letters from Sir R. Stout, in which the writer states he is most positive that he will not stand for any electorate at the next general election. The ex- Premier is anxious to pay a short visit to Scotland. The Age of Consent. _ By the Offences Against the Persons Bill introduced into the Council by the Hon. Mr Stevens the age of consent is raised to fourteen years. The Otago Central. The pro&pecta of the Otago Central Railway Bill are now decidedly more hopeful, and its supporters are confident that it will pass. No questions will be answered to-day, bo as to give the local Bills a chance of being passed, this being probably the last private members' afternoon. A prominent Opposition member tells me that the Otago Central Railway Bill will pass its second reading without" a division, but that it will be strongly opposed in committee, and probably be stonewalled. Censuring the Minister of Mines. The Goldfields Committee's report on the Kumara Sludge Channel will be considered first thing to-morrow. It reflects on the action of the Minister of Mines respecting a recent agreement made with the miners at Kumara, and also censures Mr Gow, the manager of the Kumara water

race. Exploring Work. Mr Mackenzie intends asking whether the Government will place a sum on the Supplementary Estimates as a bonus to Mr Quinton M'Kinnon, the explorer on the wilds of the West Coast of Otago, he having discovered a practical pass between the West Coast fiords and Lake Te Anau. Government Lands. The member for Clutha also moves on Monday that, in the opinion of this House, the Government should at once amend the Land Act in the direction (1) of reducing the area of first and second-class land that one individual may acquire from the Government in each land district; (2) of prescribing that improvement conditions of a reasonably stringent nature be applied to land purchased for cash from Government. Congratulatory. In the Council the Attorney-General referred to the gratification felt not only by the Legislature, but by the whole of the people of New Zsaland, at the convalescence of Lord Cranky, and moved that Mr Speaker convey a message to Lord and Lady Onßlow expressive of the Council's gratification. This was seconded by Sir G. Whitmore, and agreed to. Jottings. In the House to-day Dr Fitchett presented a petition with 150 signatures from Dunedin for the abolition of the Property Tax. Mr Fisher gave notice that he would ask wheiher the Government intended to proceed against Messrs Bing, Harris, and Co. to recover penalties for alleged Cuatomß frauds. Responsible Government for Western Australia. Mr Seddon intends moving, on going into Committee of Supply—" That a memorial be prepared, and through His Excellency be forwarded to the Queen, praying that she may graciously be pleased to grant her loyal and faithful subjects, our fellow-colonists of Western Australia, a constitution the Bame as the other Australian colonies and New Zealand, and respectfully urge that granting them the management of their own affairs will promote settlement, cause contentment, j strengthen the Empire, create prosperity, and place Western Australia on a fair and equitxble footing with the other Australian colonies,"

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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