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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[Fnoti Our Parliamentary Rei'ortkh. I WELLINGTON, Acocst £2. Responsible Government for Western Australia. Mr Scddon 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 same 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, strengthen the Empire, create prosperity, and place Western Australia on a fair and equitxble footing with tho other Australian colonies'." An Auckland free Fight There was an Auck'and fr e fight this afternoon over the Onehunga Cemetery Bill, and some personalities were indulged in. MrHoSls's declaration thot the opposition 1o the Bill hy different parts of th j County of S!den was solely due to local jealousy w«s taken exception to by Mr Lawry, who said that the conduct shown that day by the member for the Bay of Is'ands was enly what he lad expected. "In fact," lis said, "I havawatchel the ca<eer of that hon. gentleman since ho entered this House, and I cm truly say ttat I have never met any hon. member with more relig'on and less Christianity." Amid cries of "Oh, oh," Mr Hobbs rose blushingly to tell the Hou?e that he could relate the circumstances under which Mr Lawry had entered the Hou e. It was, he averre'', by declaring tint he was a supporter of tho Hon. Mr Ballance, but on the contrary he had turned out a Government supporter. He had, in fact, entered Parlia tent under false colors. The hon, member for Franklin North leant back in hia seat and laughed aloud. "Oh, ho can hugh," burst out Mr Hobbs, " but I can tell him that unless he leaves me aloni I will tell more about him. I will tell the circumstances under whioh ho entered this chamber, and what organisations, what societies, etc, suppoited him." Cries of "Personal" interrupted the hon. gentleman's remarks, and prevented him from himself, as he seemingly desired, The Otago Central Rebate. A lively debate ensued over the second reading of the Otago Ce tral Railway Bill to night. Mr Smith moved his amendment that the Biil be postpined in order that the Government mght have an opportunity of including in it other unfinished lines, Au entire change of fiont was shown by Mr Ballance, who, on July 5, had seconded the Premier's motion for the second reading of the Bill, and now oppo3ed_it. Sir H. Atkinson adverted strongly on the actios of the Leader of the Opposition, and said that his desire was merely to eive tho Government a slap in the face. He distinctly affirmed that if the second reading w. re negatived the Government v onld take it as an indication not to proceed with any new railway works this year. The second reading of tho measure was negatived by 33 to 17. On the amendment b?ing put Mr Pyke, who was very wroth, ins'sted on a division, with the result that the amendment was carried by 32 to 20. Congratulatory Address. Some suiprise was expressed in the Council this afternoon at Sir George Whitmore jumping the Hon. fchrimiki's claim in connection with the resolution of congratulation passed on Loid Cranley's lecovery. Mr Shrimski hiving urged tho Government to take action in the matttr, it was thought that, as a nutter of courtety, he would be allowed to reoond the motion. The Volunteer Force. It is slated that a confidential circular hi* boon usued by tho Defence Department, drawing tho attention of distiict commanding officers to certain irregularities which are believed to exist in the fo'ce, and for which, if true, comm Hiding eiflicors are responsible These charges include personation at parades, forwarding improper parade statements, and other serious complaints The circular, it is understood, is an ordinary departmental one, which does not require the sanction of tho Defence Minister. The Hon. Maj ir Baillie, M.L.O, who comminds the Marlborough volunteer district-, has drawn the Hon. Mr Fergus's attention to the matter, and that hon. gentleman has given instructions for its withdrawal. Possibly more will be heard of the matter when tho Minister replies to the following question put by Mr Valentine: "If it is true that a circilar has been issued by the De f o ce office casting perioui reflections upon the volunteer force, and if so will he explain the circumstances under which it was isaued ?' Advanced a Staprr. A numb' r of minor Bills were el«alt with in the Legislative Council to-day. The Native Land Frauds Prevention Acts Amendment Bill was reported without amendment, read a third time, and pissed. The Auckland and Onehunga Natives Hov telriea Bill was read a second time, as was the Offences Against the Persons Act, which raifes tho age of consent of fernaUs from twelve to fourteen years. On the motion of the Attorney-General the second reading of the Savings Bank Amendment Bill was also assent' d to. Its object is toenaUe mortgages under the Land Transfer Act to be taken by the sa* iDgs binkc A Hard Cane. The case of Georgi M'Lean, which was reported on to-day by the Wastelands Crmmitte'', is a very hard one It seems that 1 c purchased from Captain M'Donne'.l a section of land in tf'c Patea survey di-trict which vas originally granted to ono Katene. But he isrefusoda title, because Katene was a rebel. A ckuse to legalise his title was inserted in the Special Powers and Contracts Bill of 1836. but that Bill was thrown out by the Legi lative Coun il. The Committee now repeal the recomraendition which they made last year—v*z., that the Government take the necessary steps to convey to the petitioner the properly he claims.

Tho Legislative Council ins'st on their decision to strike out clause 4 from Mr Hutchison's Criminal Evidenco Bill, and hive appointed the Atiorney-General, the Hon. W. Reeves, and Dr Pollen to assign reasons to the House for bucli 'n-istance. The cl .use ob}e stcd to provides that tne act of the accused person refraining from giving evidence shall not be prejudiced thereby, and no adverse comment shall be perlnisfcible thereon. The Ward-Hlslon Affair. Another sitting of the Ward-Hisl p 0 m inittce has been convened for tomorrow. The Hon. Mr Larnich and the Hon. Mr Hislop havo been invited to give evidence. Talked Out. No questions were asked this afternoon, the sitting t-eing taken up with tho Onehunga Cemetery Bill, which was eventually talked out. The Coventor's Movements. Owing to the recent i'.lnefs of Lord Cranley, I believe that the Governor has determined not to accept the invitation of tho Dunedin Inhibition Commissioners and make a lengthened &tay in that city towards the end of the year. Lady Onslow and family will not visit Dunedin, but will probably reside during the summer in Auckland, A Much-Appreciated Representative. Telegrams from all parts of the Wakatipu electorate have been received by the Hon. Mr Fergus, expressing tho gratification of his constituents at tho denial of his rumored resignation. Mr St. Omer (Mayor of Queenskown) wired:—" The electors are greatly pleased you do not intend to resign." The San Francisco Service. I understand that the Government do not propose that any further bonus shall be granted with respect to tho Sin Francisco mail service, but recognise that tho contract will ba nt au end after Neverobor next. If my information prove correct, i f course the ground w.ll bo cut from under Mr Ward's anti-!?an Francisco mail crusade. Jutting*. Both branches of the Legislature have passed addresses congratulating Lord and Lady Onslow on Lord Cranley's recovery. The movers and seconders respectively wero—in the Legislative Council, the Attorney-General and Sir Georgo Whitmoro ; in the House of Representatives, the Premier and the Hon. Mr Ballance. Mr Taipua, member for the Western Maori district, was taken ill to-day, and is likely to be confined to his houae for eome days. Tho Hon. Mr tarnach ia inquiring whether it is the intention to pay the necessary costs incurred by District Judge Ward in defending tho action commenced by Mr Chiistio against him and since withdrawn by that person. Several hon, members are urging on the Government the introduction of leg'alation this session to give effect to the reemmendatiocs made in the report of the Navkl and Milita<y Settlers and Volunteers' Land Claims Committee. Upwards of fifty members have signed a requisition in favor of an increased vote for the Fxhibition rifle meeting, It is presumed that the Government will place a sum of LI.OOO on tbe Supplementary Estimates. The Governor is anxious to see the Native race in their primitive state, and as far removed from the haunts of civilisation as possible. He has thfre ore determined to go right through the TJrUera, Country in February, August 23. Supply will probably be taken this afternoon, and the rest of the Ebtimates put through, Mr Larnach and Mr Fillenl were to-day examined before the Ward-Hislop Committee.

A Strict Party Vcitc. This morning's vo'e was to all intents and purpcsc3 trade a party division so far as the Opposition were concerned, even Mr Larnach voting wi hj them. The i-b'ject was seemingly to give the Government "a slap in the f*ce, and Mr Balance's complete somersault should debar his getting any support from Otago if he is ever returned to power, Ur Fitchett's influence. Comment is m \de on tbc fact that though Dr Fitchett is the senior Oppobidon whip his inflieneo is see-ningly so slight with them that almost to a man they went into the lobby against him. There was eem) spurring between him and Mr Fish, and the pair promifed t> have it out before their cou ti usnts. The Prem'er charged the rapmber for Danedin Central with notbe ng sincere in his pretended advocacy of tbeiailway. Such stauiicli Ministerialists as Messrs Khodep, Captain KußSell, and Monk voted against the Bill. Diinstnn*B Member vows Vengeance. Mr Pyke is very sore, and decltres that ho will block every meai.u-e which concerns the cotes of opponents of his pet scheme. The Effect of the Vote. I learn from a- Minister that the vote taken last night means throwing a greit many men out cf employment. The new railway works proposed wou d have provided employment for a thousand men at least, betides which many now on must go, including at least twenty offieials in the Public Worki I?epjrtme:t—olerks, overseers, etc. The Puhipuhi tramway is, of course, killed, much to the disgust of the Minister of who says somethiog must be done with this forest, as the timber in it is more than ten tiroes the value of the tramway, and unless prompt action is taken a considerable quantity of it will be lost. When the Public T.'orks Estimates aic before the House each item for new railway works will have to be struck out. Surpiise is felt at the action of the Auckland members, who, having beeu clan.oring against the exodus, have in cntifisd the evil by the stoppage of all public works. Federal Land Administration. Sir G. Grey will move an addition to Mr Scddon's motion re responsible government for Western Australia. It states that in granting i constitution provision should be made to give a territory proportionate to the ai ea and population of the other colonies. At the same time provision is made to enable the Governments of the Australian colonies to place all unalienated Crown and public 'ands in the colonies under the concrol of any coi federated Government of all the Australian coloni. s, ot of a special Land Council elected by them for the administration of the wastd lands of that continent. Extension of Ilelief to Crown Tenant*. The Waste Laods Committee this morning passed the Selectors' Revaluation Bill without amendment, except that on the moticn of Mr Ballanco it was mttie to apply to the village homesteads and fpecial settlements. Another Party Fight. The report of the Goldfields Committee on the K"mara sludge channel will be made the first Order for tc-day. There will be a party fight over the proposal by the Minister of Mineß to refer the matt'r back to the Committee for reconsideration. 1 his is likely to be cirried, Want to Drop It Now. An influential deputation of underwriters today waited on the Hon. Mr Stevens and asked him to abtndou the Fire Insurance Bill in consequence of Mr Downie Stewart's clause. The hon. gentleman promised to give the matter his consideration. The (iovernot's Message of Acknowledgment. Tn the House to day a letter was read from the Govtrnor, in which he requests the Speaker to convey to the Hcuso his sincere thanks for their congratulations on his son's recovery, and refers feelingly to the sympathy manifested towaida himself and Lady On-low during Lord Craulcy's late dangerous illness. The letter, on tho Premier's motion, was ordered to be entered on the journals of the House. Friendly Societies. The Premier said thattheGovernmenthadhad urder consideration the desirability of appointing during the recess a Royal Commission to inquire into the whole subject of friendly societies. Old Soldiers' Claims. The Government intend introducing a Bill this Besiion giving effeot to the recommendation of the report of the Naval and Military Settlers and Volunteers' Land Claims Committee.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Evening Star, Issue 7993, 23 August 1889

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