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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10452, 23 October 1897
I vl I '"' WELt.tN&TbN, j :. ;= TU ? 01 *«® ;*!«nM(s»ioiii':,- ' imetfihiai Afternoon thei fKialffer of.tfoOppwaitwn iiotico,-wbctuer the commissioners forrth s jio'lcO' inquipy hadbeen Pclecfced. Heforrlng to rumors afloat the lobbies; «thbPreipier, deprecated; .^®¥,- r ®?P?^, idmors;' ahdsaid that m accordance with a promise made some days ago he ; wouW inform the House whoa the commissioners had been decided upon.' It had been . rumored, amongst other things,- that ; the' ; Gove r nment-iatended to.;appoiat ; . Mr Isitt.— tion aswonld secure general confidence. Sir R. Stout, in. the course of his remarks on the; police inquiry* questioni declared that it was unMmtitutional.and unprecedonted to set up a public inquiry into the organisation and working of/a public, department or any branch of the Shvil Service; ■, : , - c The Premier’s Promises. The statement in this evening's paper that the Premier had backed down in the lobbies on Wednesday morning in promising that he would give Thursday afternoon’s sitting for private Bills on condition that Messrs Tanner, Montgomery, and others voted with the Government, is flatly contradicted by the Premier. He had stated in the House that he was willing to meet the convenience of boh. members in regard to private;business, but would not 1 withdraw his motion for the adjournment of the Financial Debate until 2 30 p m., because any compromise under the circumstances would have beon .tantamount to a confession that as Leader of theUousp he was unable to Control the business. ' The Financial Debate. This afternoon the Premier proposed do the Opposition touring the Budget debate to a conclusion to-night, which was refused, the Opposi--tion bang desirous of -extending the discussion until Tuesday night. In spite of this, several speakers tlm evening on the Opposition benches' accused the Premier of wasting time. Mr tViml’s Designation. i r. l ®“ i ? formed good authority that MrJ. G. Ward, in tendering bis resignation to Earl' Glasgow, did so merely’ in! general terras, and that reference toJudgedVilliams’sßtnctures as< to Mr . : Ward 8: connection with , the Colonial' Bank was made by the late Governor as .a v coiri- ; - moat of his own, — : V ;v’ Joltings; *’■ Mr HerriOT shid thatdhe Premier had had to eat a lot of dirt from members of his own nifty. Objection being raised by Mr Seddon to the cx•preraionrthe member or tire Bay "of Islands replied that whether he called it dirt or humble pie it was all the same—it had to go down Mr Monk complained that history did not receive sufficient attention in our State schools, it - o time : is loat on history,”-retorted Mr. Gdfedder, an ex-teacher. “Time lost on history I -Kissed- the member for Waitemata Show me the man with a good knowledge of history, and he will pass through life with safety and succes.” Then, to the great amuse-, ment of the House, he announced his intenV 0? A. B lv mg members a few presages from Aristotle. -T he want of life in the debate on the Budget may be set down to the fact that the House has only just got through the most exhaustive discussion on an Address-in-Keply that has taken place for many years past, and that in the absenca of Government policy Bills members on the Opposition behchea have little fresh material /with which to make their remarks interesting; : li t these measures are before the country conturninga debate such a3 that now engaging the House is very much like beating the air. Jjibot* Inspectors. A strong bid for the increase of the salaries paid to inspectors under the I abor Department " a \ by Mr Millar last night. Ho said that £l6O per annum was a miserable pittance X°. P a y these men, who, in order to prevent motion between employer and fmp'oyctl, had to exercise great judgment, and it was generally admitted that they had performed their duties most admirably, i Au Election Petition. Mr Coleman Phillips, of Knoll, Peatherston, is petitioning the House in connection with the recent Wamvapa election, for which Ida noroination as a candidate was refused by the returning officer (Mr-Adam Armstrong) on the ground that it was too late. Sir Phillips asserts that m acting as he did the returning officer intended to favor the candidature of the Government candidate, Mr Hornsby. After detailing the hardship to, the petitioner on account of the returning officer’s action, the petition states that _ the questions involved in this humble peMtmn are neither local nor personal, but affecting a great principle of constitutional liberty. Gaining -an action for £SOO damages against the sai l returning officer wou’d have afforded no relief to your petitioner, Mr Armstrong s pecuniary circumstances being such that your petitioner would have had not only to find the money or a band for £2OO required by Act to prosecute him, but also to pay tire whole costs of the prosecution, Ho such liability is thrpwn on the respondent. It is therefore everything against nothing A returning officer of no substance partial to the Government of the day is consequently protected in every way by Act, Tho Government of the day, no matter to .which party it belongs, has only to appoint impecunious returning officers and elections can be influenced in any required direction. Therefore petitioner prays that for the future only returning officers of fair means and position shall he appointed, and that any relief may be granted tho petitioner as tho House may think meet. .
The Premier mu! Mr Taylor. Taylor, the junior member for Christchurch, promises. to become a thorn in the si te of the Premier, and a very warm time is expect cl from that quarter when the Bsti- ; The items " . r Seddon's expenses to England aad;£slß for his trip to Hobart, are to be obalif fifty? be intends, having the fullest particulars as to how Mr Seddon-makcs up these amounts, and he has announced his moving that the £1.750 bo reduced I?, which up all that the other visiting Premiers aro charging for their Jubilee trip. Mr Taylor, klso intends testing the opinion of the House as to the. advisablencss or otherwise of the Premier being a paid director of a foreign syndicate. - i The Power of Conciliation Boards. ■ Jlr J._A, Millar, who, as a r memb'er of a board or conciliation and a represen'ative member of the Labor- party, ought to know something about it, says that conciliation boards, under ew4mg • conditions, are . practically useless. Either the Conciliation Board should be done away with,altogether and .the Arbitration Court only left. or cpncifiatiou boards should be given greater power, A decision of'the Conciliation uoard was in no way binding, and it was always taken . the Arbitration Court., What was needed was to p’ace the conciliation' boards in the position bf 'aU6wer c6urt, : the decision of which was final,, excepting.that .there should be power of appeal to the’ Arbitration Court only on-paymont.of ufee; If this alteration were made the couciliationboardswould be very useful indeed. :: ' v ; r ; 1 ''f ■ /lA'Falsc.'-A|hpin. A rumor is afloat that when the.Financial debate, is resumed, on Tuesday Mr Scoble Mackenzie intends moving ah amendment, which -will go iiv the .direction of objecting to Mr Seddon’s connection with the Anglo-foreign syndicates,, and ; that'-it' wiirho treated as a noconfidence motion.! have the belt authority for siying that this xumof'is wholly' incorrect. Mr Mackenzie will certainly speak, and he will attack the Government administration, but neither he .nor , any other member of the Opposition will move an amendment to the debate. Discipline for (be Left Wing. A caucus,of the Ministerial party has been called for' Tuesday forenon: The “whip” sent , out. merely says’ “ Business important,” but it is understood that the object of the caucus is to have a line of demarcation drawn as regards the Left Wing, The Premier evidently intends to drive the three free lances into opposition, as he finds they will not come jnto.Uno.with the Ministerial following.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10452, 23 October 1897
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