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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10434, 1 October 1897
[From Our PAblumestary Reporter] , ..,WELLINGTON, October; 1. . The Couucll. There is no foundation "for the report that additional calls to the Council are intended, unless the Government require strengthening in that Chamber to carry on their legislation. Besides, appointments to the Upper House are unusual during the sitting of Parliament. - Sensible Advice. When intimation was received of Inspector Tunbridge's appointment, it was stated that it was intended to import two first class detectives, one for-each-island. —Though this statement has not hitherto been contradicted, I have official authority for saying that it is quite incorrect. Mr Tunbridge said that to import English detectives at present would be a reflection on the present staff. If .it) were found that Eoglish detectives w.ere wanted he could recommend their appointment to the Cabinet, after he had ascertained the class of crime that existed in the colony and the best means of detection that was wanted. Extension of the Municipal Franchise. Though the Local Government Bill is not to be gone on with this session, that portion of it relating to the enlargement of the municipal franchise will be pressed through. I understand that a " householder's " qualification will be the franchise in the cases of both municipal and county council elections. The Dunedin Election. A good deal of interest is being taken here *in the Dunedin electiou. I have the authority of the Premier for saying that, so far as the Government candidate is concerned, the matter will be left entirely in the hands of the Liberal party in Dunedin. The only intimation that Mr Seddon has at present of any candidate offering to stand in the Ministerialist itt>rest is that of Mr Gourley, He w'shes it to be understood that the Liberal party are to have a free hand in their selection. A Purposeless Debate. It is understood that there are thirteen members of the Opposition side alone who still intend to speak on the Address-in-Reply, so that the debate must now extend into next week. Replying to Mr Taylor's Charges. The Minister of Defence will tuke the floor to-night, for the purpose of replying seriatim to Mr Taylor's charges. It is understood that the main charge—that Inspector Emerson, of Napier, was drunk while on board the Dingadee, that ho used foul language, and committed a gross act of indecency—has been inquired into by the department, and that the evidence of the captain and steward of the steamer and of the police sergeant went to disprove it entirely.
Government Audit of Public Compimles. Mr Millar'B Companies' Accounts Audioßill provides that all the banks, joint stock companies, and societies registered in the colony or incorporated under any New Zealand Act shall furnish to the Government auditor annual balance-sheets in a preBcribed form and verified by Btatutory declaration, accompanied with all books, vouchers, and documents that may be required; but the private accounts need not be supplied, except by order of the Supremo Court Judge. Refusals to produce books or to answer questions will involve a penalty not exceeding three months' imprisonment. Officers and agents may be examined on oath. The auditor is also to ascertain the true value of all assets. : Shareholders are to be supplied with copies of all balance-sheetß certified by the Government auditor. Any Government auditor issuing a fraudulent certificate or report will be liable to a penalty not exceeding £I,OOO, or three years' imprisonment. The expenses of audit and valuation shall be borne by the companies. Brucc's Temcilly, Mr Jameß Allen was particularly rough on the Minister of Lands last night, challenging him to state what had become of the land revenue, and bringing up the Minister's con. neotion through his. family with Bushy Park. Those who know the Hon. J. M'Kenzie'B combative temperament anticipate that Brace will get a lively quarter of an hour when the Minister takes the floor. More Borrowing. Daily the opinion is growing stronger that the Budget will disclose the intention of the Government to go* on the borrowing market. The feeler thrown out in the Railway Statement that £200,000 is required for railway equipment has set members talking about loan prospects, and the opinion is expressed that in view of the present favorable Outlook the time is opportune to go to the London market. The Privilege Committee. ,Af parties are so evenly balanced on the Privilege Committee both sides were anxious to gain the advantage conferred on the chairman. Mr Guinnea3 was in the first inatanc3 proposed by Mr Seddon, and Mr Montgomery by the Opposition. The voting was four all, and as a deadlock was imminent _ the Committee considered the advisability of reporting to the House. Then Mr Guinness, with the hope of ending the difficulty, proposed the Premier, and Mr Montgomery's name was again submitted by Mr Allen. On the vote being taken Mr Montgomery, as he had previously done, voted for the other candidate, but when Mr Seddon's turn came subsequently he supported himself. Thus by 5 to 3 Mr Beddon was appointed to the chair. It i 3 not usual for a candidate to support his own nomination, but the Premier evidently believes in the principle that anything is fair in love or politics. His appointment to the chair give 3 him both a casting and a deliberative vote. The Committee adjourned till Wednesday. The registrar at Invercargill is meanwhile to be communicated with as to when Mr Ward's bankruptcy was filed, and when he communicated the same to the Speaker. The Hon. J. G. Ward leaves for Dunedin this afternoon, and will be absent for about ten days. Two sub-committees were appointed at the Privilege Committee's meeting. The one to search for precedents comprises Messrs Guinness, Rolleston, and Montfomery; while Messrs Rolleston, Guinness, lontgomery, Joyce, and Allen were appointed to* draft a case for counsel's opinion. Jottings. A "householder's" qualification under the Government Bill will be twelve months' residence or occupation of a ratable property under a tenancy of not less than three months.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10434, 1 October 1897
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