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WELLINGTON,. . Oopra*® 27 f -

. A.Mare's Kerti. - <■ . . The Premier’s attempt to .make capital at the expense of. the .Legislative, Council repeating the amendment made ’in the Nativo Land Laws Bill of 1896, hasbeen exposed;by the Hon. Dr- Grace, who writeatothe‘New' Zealand Times’ explaining .that the amend-' mept in question-was made by the Hon7 W. 0. Smith. The Bill, was sent back to 'the. House as amendedih mpoy particulars, 'and a free;, conference followed. After the" report of—the. -conference .was adopted, .a Message was received from tho .Hoase .oph-" taining the. amendments proposed by-the-Governor, which:“ere.;agreed ;to>: by-ithor Council, and the-.Bill accordingly passed. Concluding, Dr Gijace says: ‘-‘lt appears tome either that the Premier was misrepqrtod or' that otherwise he had bettor 7 in future weigh his words with some of the ORre which: the Council habitually deyptea to its ,bhsiness. If any . blame is attaohabie ti): anybpe it mast rest either with Ministoris or wiMi the Law Officers -of-.the Grown; t . Nothing - could be more deliberate than. theactionot - the Council. and . -the House, ■■ and ’the” Journals prove this in every detaiL” The Master and Apprentice Bill' • has been tical with the Bill before the last Parliament."' No “young person” (that is, a boy'or girl " under twenty years and not under 'fourteen years of age) shall ber apprenticed, except by" deed of apprenticeship, and unless snob' "young person” has passed the FoUrjtih Standard; as prescribed by the Education' Act. . The term of apprenticeship shall ;iip£~ exceed three years , in the- case of-girls who shall be taught, tailoring, millinery, 1 - or dressmaking, , and . five . years ■; in the case of nil other persons. The wagesto be paid apprentices are to bo regulated by thentandard rate payable for the time being - to journeymen or skilled operatives .in the ' same skilled handicraft in the locality where the apprentice is "for the time'being bin-' ployed, and.sball be at the following rates: —Ten per cent, during the first, 20 percent, during the second, 3a per cent, during the third, and 50 per cent, during the fourth quarter of the termof apprenticeship. The Governor-in-Counoil is given the power of declaring whether any particular trade is & skilled handicraft; to prescribe the proportion ' of apprentices to journeymen where not pro” ; vided for in the Ac't, and to prescribe, the working hours of apprentices. Penalties for breaches of the' Act are provided, and • there is provision, for disputes between., master and apprentice going before a stipendiary magistrate for settlement. A list of “skilled handicrafts” affected by the Bill is attached; and the proportion of appren- ' tices to journeymen is fixed as,follows: Where the number of journeymen or adults does not exceed four, one apprentice.; where the namber.exceeds four, but not eight, two apprentices; and so on in the same proportion, provided that where by. custom, or agreement, or by award of the Court of Arbitration the proportion of apprentices is less than stated nothing in the Bill shall increase the proportion. A Small Matter. The House was greatly amused when the s spier member for Dunedin pointed out a njistake of no less than fifty millions sterling which the Premier had made in his table in the Financial Statement showing the amount of the loan money that had been spent on pfwuctive and unproductive works, of course making out that all the unproductive expenditure was on the side of his predecessors in office. Hero is how Mr Mackenzie worked it out, and the logic is not so easily got over; “The right hon. gentleman' has put down all the expenditure on immigration as unproductive because no snob expenditure hasbeen made by himself. But for the past few jeara the Premier has-been howling round 'the colony that during two years of Sir H. Atkinson’s time 14,000 souls left the colony, each of them representing a loss'of £2OO per head. Now, if the man who leaves the colony represents a loss of £2OO, the mao who comes into it represents an equal gain. The Premier’s predecessors had spent two millions and a-balf of money on immigration which was introduced to the colony. Two hundred thousand at Mr Seddon’s own estimate of £2OO apises —•that would mean forty millions of money, and if we add their progeny it would probably mean ten millions, more on his own showing; therefore bo has left out of the credit side of his predecessors’ account fifty millions.” •Fallings, Messrs Gonrlcy and Robin were examined before the Local Bills Committee this forenoon as to the Otago Harbor Board Bitli Dr Findlay represented the Board, It is improbable that the Financial debate will close to-night, as a dozen members are anxious to speak. „ The Permanent Mil U In. A deputation of members, headed by Ml 1 E. Q. Allen,'asked the Minister for. Defence to amend the regulations regarding - the Permanent Militia so that the membetti might be permitted to wear plain clothes when off duty. The Hon. Mr Thompson promised to favorably consider the request* Railway Classification. According to the railway classification the highest paid officers in the department.are i" —Mr Ronayue, general manager, £BOO per ■ annum; .Mr Hudson (assistant - manager), Mr Lowe (chief engineer), and Mr Rotheram (locomotive superintendent), £650 each,; the traffic accountant, £550 j traffic managers— '• Mr Grant (Auckland) and Mr Gow (Christchurch), £600; Mr Arthur (Dunedin) and Mr Whitcombs (Invercargill), £425; district engineers—Mr Coom £SOO and Mr Burnett £460; and Mr Peierkin, locomotive engineer, - £475. More Rills. The fact that the House has been already fi ve weeks in session and practically no business is done does not deter Ministers from bringing in .further Bills. To-day tho‘ following measures were introduced by tt6 Premier The Second Ballot Bill, the Law Practitioners Act Amendment Bill, and the Technical Education Act, 1897. TUc Financial Rebate was resumed this afternoon by Mr Lewis, who dealt with the Land for Settlements Act, as administered in the immediate vicinity of_Christchurch, and the working of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10455, 27 October 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 10455, 27 October 1897

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