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[From Our Parliamentary Reporter.] | WELLINGTON, September 12. Compulsory Insurance of Railway Employes. The object of the Government Railway Employes' Insurance Bill, which has been introduced by the Government merely for circulation, is to provide for compulsory insurance of railway employes. Its benefits are only intended to extend to the permanent employes on Government railways. The fund is made up from penalties on the railway employes accrued and to be levied hereafter. Every permanent employe whose pay does not exceed 7s per day is also to pay 2s per week into the fund, and those whose wages exceed 7s are to pay 4d per week on each (shilling of one day's wage. The Board of Management will consist of the Public Trustee, the Secretary of the Treasury, and three of the permanent employes. The Honorarium DlfticuUjr, which arose this week through the service of a charging order by the Supreme Court upon the Paymaster-General to intercept a member's honorarium, came up for discussion yesterday afternoon. The Premier proposed to get over it by bringing in a Bill of a retrospective character declaring the honorarium to be unassailable by law or in equity, but the Premier's motion was negatived by 59 to 13. Another Abortive Motion.

Mr Ballance's intimation of his intention of intercepting Supply by an amendment " That an immediate dissolution of Parliament is expedient" was received with cheers from the Treasury benches, though, of course, it will be opposed by Ministerialists, seeing the quarter from which the proposal comes, and will be negatived. It will be taken when the Supplementary Estimates come on for consideration. It will be treated hostilely, and will provoke but slight discussion.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 8010, 12 September 1889

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