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THE FINANCIAL DEBATE.

[Fbom Odb Pabuamentaet Kkpoetebl]

. ' , WELLINGTON, . Octobee 22: .in tte afternoon Jfr Heebies returned the debate on the Financial. Statement, occupying the greater rart of Eis 'harangue—l cannot call * speech—with Vulgar pertoaalitiea against tne rrfeaner, misquoting Dickens, and getting hopelessly mixed up in his metaphors. After itoWttdram ho intimated his intention to deal ! tho B . ud s et « }> ut went Off at a tangent on his chief grievance being that tis district had received £l4,ooo,lets than it expected. Hence these tears! The fact that Mr SheMtn, the Minister of Lands, Mr Lawry, Mr Ktehardson, and several others were enjoying n Hesta was an appropriate tribute to Mr ■Hemes s eloquence. After- ridiculing the proposais to open up commerce with the East, he jeemed gravelled for matter, and collapsed without using his allotted hour. Mr Flatman (Geraldine) made some effective points in returns of exports showing a ex P ans *°n in production during the term of office of the present Ministry, and statistics of Increased grants for education, etc. Referring to the increase in lunatics, he convulsed the House with laughter with the statement that a friend of his’ had expressed the opinion that lunacy would greatly diminish if there wore fewer Conservatives in the country. As to the railways, he said they were never worse served than when under the control of Commissioners : end. contmatinir fVip

results, he showed that the railways administration in Ne v Zealand had been far more successful than in the neighboring colonies. “How can you jatisfy people like tbatJ’Jke scornfully, asked, alluding to Sir R. Stout’s inconsistency

in regard to the stipends of magistrates. . • Mr Field (Otaki) vindicated the rising generation against the stigma of drunkenness, and said that Prohibitionists who could., not trust themselves to drink .a g’ass of whisky are only one reWipVal .from drunkards. Excessive ttiadrinking waa, in his opinion, quite as vicious as wie consumption of alcohol. ' Ridiculing Mr Taylor’s remarks about intemperance in the Waikato, he said: “ Why, sir, 1 carried a swag through the King Country when the junior member for Christchurch was in short clothes.” Mr Beown (Taranaki) adversely criticised the Budget, and the House adjourned at 5,30. Resuming the debate at the evening sitting Mr MiLLAUj .as one of the six members who had not spoken on the Address-in Reply, said that he o uld fairly claim the indulgence of the House for now addressing it. Criticism of tho Budget had gone in the direction of alleging that there was no policy in it. He maintained that there was a continuation policy, and that nothing new was requited but amending legislation to remedy some small defects in connection with it. Complaints had been made that the Treasurer'had under-estimated his revenue for last year and thus produced a surplus, hut it was pointed out that this was nothing new, and the speaker contended that the Opposition members must be hard pushed for reasons for fault-finding when th y made so much over this matter. The Opposition were constantly prating about the conupt administration of the Ministry, but he challenged them to table » motion of want of confidence in the Government on that ground and to come forward with the proofs.—(“ They daren’t do it,” chimed in Mr Boddv M'Kknzie, a remark which drew a salvo of applause from the Ministerial rank and file.) Continuing his observations, the mediocre member for Dunedin compared the old Conservative members of tho House with a stone wh ch had sunk for ever out of sight, because that party would never more be a live factor in the politics of the country. A Ftate bank loomed up when the Bank of New Zealand was mentioned, Mr Millar saying that people seemed to forget that we wer? half shareholders .in that institution, and must sooner or later own it altogether. He had petitions bearing thousands of signatures in favor of theOtago Central Bailway,ahdfeelingthatthat work could not be completed except by a loan he should support a loan provided it went wholeiy and solely for the purpose of completing the trunk lines of the' country which were at present in hand, but that no new railways should be started till those now under construction were completed. Apropos of railway requirements, he pleaded to the Government to build a new railway station at Dunedin. In saying that this work was most urgently required he was not attempting to make political capital, but was merely drawing attention to a fact that was admitted by every person in the City of Dunedin. Touching on-the police question, ho deprecated tho present Minister of Defence being blamed -for abuses existing, and urged the introduction of a superannuation allowance. Concluding one of the best speeches from the Ministerial side of the House, Mr Millar protested against that part of the Mining Bill which imposed labor conditions to a dredging claim. He intimated his intention of trying to get an amendment when the Bill was in committee. In Dunedin the senior mail agent only got £220 per annum, while the senior mail agent In Christchurch, with less length of service and less onerous duties, got £3OO. He called the Postmaster-General’s attention to this inequality. Now Zealand had dome to the fore under the Government, and whs at the present ’ time the most progressive of all the mtn n | e8 Speeches generally condemnatory of (ho Government administration followed by Messrs Moore, Wason, and Monk. Before each in turn took the floor the Premier rose in the hope i- re P^ n S> but the Opposition were not inclined to allow tho debate to close at this sitting. In the course of Lis observations the member for Selwyn said it was a thousand pities that much of the legislation promised in tho Governor’s Speech had not been placed before the Council during tho past fortnight, so that the views of tho members of that Chamber-might be known. Mr Monk delivered one .of his funny, characteristic speeches, interspersed with diatribes against the Premier. Asopeotthe old band of skinflints .who played a prominent part in (he House in 1887, he announced his intention of supporting the junior’ member for Christchurch in using “every conceivable means to oppose the votes askfed on the Estimates for the Premier’s trip to England and Australia. He warned Mr Taylor, however, that in his commendable protest against Mr Seddon’s extravagance He would receive more kicks than caresses. This was the last speech of-the night, Mr Hunter moving the adjournment of the debate half an hour after midnight. "

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THE FINANCIAL DEBATE., Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897

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THE FINANCIAL DEBATE. Evening Star, Issue 10452, 23 October 1897

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