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[From Our Parlumbstaryßbporxhb.) WELLINGTON, September 24 Canned Flsta Bonns, . i Mr Scobie Mackenzie, together .'with a number of Auckland members interested in the subject, waited on the Hon. Mr HallJones, as Commissioner of Customs, this mornipg with a view to getting a renewal of the bonus, on the exportation of canned fish, which expired on the Ist August last. Mr Monk stated the case for the Auckland industry, while Mr Mackenzie pointed out that the Fisheries Encouragement Act of 1885 granted ,a 'small bonus for seven years, which "was renewed in 1892 for another five years. The bonus ■ was to be on any export up to 6,000 tons, and as the industry was only in its infancy the bonus had only been claimed on about 500 tons. Ho thought it was perfectly "fair to renew it until the ’ original 6,000 tons of export had been reached. A large and growing number of hands were employed throughout the colony.—Thfe Minister said, in reply, that thA argument as to the 6,000-ton limit was a .strong one, and he would take upon himself to renew the bonus in the meantime, and have.a Bill drafted to provide for the renewal for another three years, which measure he would submit for the approval of the Cabinet.

The Dunedin Seat. Who will be the Opposition candidate for Dunedin is a question that is exercising members of the House. Pressure ,is likely to be brought to bear oh- Mr Alexander Sligo, who, however, seems averse to entering general politics j while the name, of Mr Alexander Thomson, of Wai-rongoa mineral water fame, is also mentioned, but it is not thought that he hankers after political life. Others spoken of are Mr D. Reid, run., and Mr A. O. Begg.

Awarnn, Mr George Hutchison'was very! anxious yesterday to give notice of motion challenging Mr Ward’s right to sit in the House, but Captain Russell would not give his sanction. Many prominent members of the Opposition seem to think that more harm will be done to the Government by Mr Ward’s presence in the House than by his exclusion. ■ Though no formal mention of opposition has so far been made, it seems tolerably certain that when Mr Ward is sworn in some resolution will be submitted to the House, and that the question of his eligibility will be then threshed out. Jottings. .

Mr George Hutchison is moving for a return of the prisoners released in connection with the Jubilee celebrations.

The bimetallic question is engaging Mr Joyce’s attention. Mr O’Regan, who is a pronounced Federationist, will, on October 26, niOve “ That this House cordially sympathises with the federal movement in Australia) and earnestly hopes, in view of the possibility of New Zealand ultimately joining the Federation, that no scheme of intercolonial freetrade be arrived at which does not apply to this colony.” , ■ COttgfntniaUouS to Kir Scddou on tho honors conferred on him while in England will be tendered by the Leader of the Opposition on the House reassembling on Tuesday, The matter was not overlooked yesterday, but in view of the fact of the death of two members of the Legislature being reported the occasion was not considered a fitting one. Ministerial Caucus. A caucus of the Liberal party will bo held on Tuesday forenoon. Mr Ward's Position, As regards Mr Ward’s elegibility, the idea of the Opposition party is merely to enter a protest when he takes his seat, and not pursue the matter. They feel that to renew the question later on would be laying themsalves open to a charge of persecution. The Liberal Party, There will be several absentees from the of the Liberal party on Tuesday. It is conjectured that amongst those who will feel it convenient to plead “ other engagements ” will be Messrs Smith, Pirani, Montgomery, Taylor, Graham, Kelly, and pos-' 8; bly Mr Joyce, who fiefs aggrieved at the Government not taking. him up for the Chairmanship of Committees last session.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 10428, 24 September 1897

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