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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897
tf?pM OtJR PARLIAaiENTARY REPORTER.]
WELIJNGTON, Ootobkb 22. ..-,,.; Commisslous. The Premier has h'ad prepared a list of former the -.constitution and organisation of the Civil Service, October 17. : 1880; inquiry into the management of Christchurch Hospital, 6th ''^PA'Js''???, 1 » Wnfry into* complaint.against the Native ;Land Court. Rangitikei, 1891; inquiry mto the management ot the Wellington Lunatio Asylum, 1881-(all the above were under Sir John Hall Government management); Benevolent Asylum, Dunedin, a iV" i na, io ß:ement °* • Industrial School, Auckland, 1883; and management of the Dunedin Gaol .(Whittaker-Atkinson Ministry); Working and Management of the Kumara Sludge, .Channel (Atkinson. Government);. Kqyal Commission of inquiry into the charges mad? against Sergeant-major O'Grady. 1 his last was -under the Stout Government, and is almost exactly on all - fours with the present case. In addition to the above there were inquiries re Dr Chilton and the management of the Wellington Hospital, allegad bribery of two officers of the Land Court inquiries re rabbit nuisance administration and purchase of land by Stark in Auckland. The above were under the Stout-Vogel Government. There were also commissions of inquiry re Dr Neild and the Seacliff Asylum, chargesagainsSMr Brown(Eegistrarof the buoreme Court at Christchurch), Native' Land Purchase Department, and the Kaihu fiailway under the WhitakcAtkinson Government; and in December, 1893 inquiry into the charges by Mr Mitchelson y 2 S, 10 ?' under the Government, in 1890 97 there was an inquiry into the Government Printing Office, which was the only inquiry by the present Government regarding any public department of the Civil Service. '<' WELLINGTON, October 25, The Savings Bank Surplus. An Otago free fight iB imminent over the proposals for the disposition of the surplus amounting to some £15,000, arising out of the Dunedin Savings Bank Winding-up Bill. The question at. issue is whether the Dunedin Hospital is to have the whole amount or whether a public library in Dunedin should have a moiety. The supporters of | the library movement are understood to be willing to allow three-quarters of the fund to go to the hospital, but the supporters of the latter, institution will be satisfied only with the entire amount. Unless an amicable understanding is arrived at there will be serious trouble when the matter comes before the House. A Ministerial Caucus.
. Tne ° b J ec t°f to-morrow's Ministerialcaucus la understood to be to insist on the waste of time which the present Financial debate is occasioning being put a stop to, with a view to some progress being made with the business of the country. Mr Seddon having, as the result of his English experience, tried courtesy in leading the House, and finding that it will not answer, will now resort to the old expedient of " putting on hob-nailed boots," and if needs be will insist on one or two all-night sittings, with the object of showing members that he is determined to pass several policy Bills before the session closes, which will probably be the third week in December.
I hear that when the House rose on Friday night the Premier expressed himself in strong terms regarding the action of the Opposition in putting up member after member to speak in order that the debate should not close at that sitting, and he caused a " whip " to be immediately issued convening the party caucus for Tuesday. As to the Left Wing, no action is likely to be taken, the view held by Ministers being that too much attention is being given to that small coterie, and that the best course to adopt with regard to them is to ignore them altogether.
The Christchurch Show.
The Hon. W. C. Walker will be the Minister m attendance on the Governor at Christohnrch.
Aii Adjournment Probable. Though Ministers are understood to be adverse to an adjournment of the House for the Canterbury show, a prioking of the card ahowß that a majority of members favor that course, and representations will be made to the Premier as to the desirability of adjourning from the afternoon of Thursday, the 11th prox., till the following Tuesday. If satisfactory progress be made with the business during the next fortnight it is suggested that the adjournment will probably be agreed to, and a representative gathering of both branohes of the legislature will pay a living visit to Christchuroh. A similar trip was made at the* time of the opening of the Christchuroh Exhibition, in the days of the Stout-Vogel Government. The Wellington University. It has been finally decided by Cabinet that Mount Cook gaol thall be used for prison purposes, as originally intended. The authorities of the Middle Island University, therefore, will have to look round for a fresh site. Jottings. The chairman of the Harbor Board and Mr Robin reached here yesterday on Harbor Board business. Sergeant-at-Arms's bon mot.—" The Legislative Council is Wellington's Costl(e)y Home."
_ The Ilorowlicmin Affair.
In a document laid before the House last week by the Minister of Lands it was stated that he would recommend that the particular section of land owned by Sir \V. Buller should be declared Native land, or, in other words, that the land transfer title under which the land was held should be destroyed.
Though the Horowhenua Block Bill is not yet circulated, I hear that it will give effect to the Minister's views, as expressed above. Provision will, in short, be made for declaring the block 14 Native land, which will throw on Major Kemp the onus of proving ownership, before the Native Linds Court, failing which the land would revert to the tribe for whom it is alleged by the Crown that Major Kemp and Sir W. Buller were only trustees.
As far as can be understood, there is a strong feeling in the House, even among the supporters of the Government, that passing legislation to destroy a Crown grant would be establishing a dangerous precedent, and many Ministerialists say they will be prepared to oppose the Bill to the bhter end, even should its rejection lead to the resignation of the Hon. J. M'Kenzle; Provision will also be made in the measure for paying the costs in the recent action by the Public Trustee, such costs to be a charge on the land in block 14; the other costs to be defrayed from the consolidated revenue.
The Hon. J. C. Wnrd's Discharge,
The Hon. J., G. Ward wiU make his appearance before Judge Ward at the bankruptcy sittings at Invercargill on the sth prox. to apply for his order of discharge.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10453, 25 October 1897
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