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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Monday, September 9. The House resumed at 7,30 p.m, in committee. NATIVE LANDS FRAUDS PREVENTION BILL, This Bill was further considered in committee. The new clauses prepared by the Native Affairs Committee in reference to the proceedings of the Trust Cpipmissioners were agreed to, and also clauses to enable cfauds which had bqen executed in accordance with the formalities then provided for prior to last year’s 4-cfc cornfag into force to be given effect to j to suable the Trust (Sommiaaioner to gall in an assessor to assist blip if fie is required by any of the parties to do so, and providing that the Trust Commissioner shall satisfy himself that the consideration is sufficient. The two Bills passed through committee, were then read a third time, and passed. officers’ uniforms. Mr Fish asked whether there was any truth in the report published in that evening’s 1 Post’ to the effect that the officers who had recently been promoted by the Defence Minister were provided with uniforms obtained from England at a coat to the colony of L 960. The Hon. Mr Fergus said there was no truth whatever in the statement. He regretted inquiry had not been made at the Defence office before giving publicity to such a report. NON-PAYMENT OF HONORARIUM. The Speaker called attention to the fact that an order, signed by himself as Speaker, for the payment of a member’s honorarium of L22s a day, had been refused payment at the Treasury, aud be thought the House should be made aware of the fact. The order was refused on the ground that the money would have to be reserved for other purposes. Sir U. A. Atkinson moved for a select committee'to inquire into the reason why this order had been refused payment, which, after a short discussion, was agreed to. MISCELLANEOUS. 1 The Property Tax'BUl was introduced by Message and read a first time. Sir H. A. Atkinson moved the second reading of the Government Loans to Local Bodies Bill, which enabled local bodies to pledge the third of their land proceeds as security for a loan, and also to spend the loan motiey for a ferry where there is no bpidgh'or road', t6,' and the Bill was committed, read a third tfme, and passed. '' Sip J. said be had been waiting a considerable time tq ask the Premier whether he meant to fulfil the promise he made earlier in the session that an opportunity should be afforded the House of dialing with the important question of female fran chise.

Mr Walker hoped the Premier would also give some information as to the filling up of the vacant seat in the Cabinet, Mr Turnbull also said fie should like to know whether there was any truth in the report that the Government meant to dissolve the House during the recess, Mr Samuels said there were many other important questions that should be dealt with, as well as that raised by the member for Selwyn, He thought it would not be wise for the Government to postpone the prorogation in order to take up a question of this kind, The Hon. Sir H. A. Atkinson said that he, like the member for Selwyn, was a firm believer in woman’s franchise, and he would have been very glad to give an opportunity for discussing it, if possible. He was afraid, however, that the House would not listen to any such discussion at this stage of the session.' The Rouse had-that day done very good work, and he thought they would be able to finish the business by the cud of the week. ...

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PARLIAMENT., Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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PARLIAMENT. Issue 8009, 11 September 1889

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