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[From Odr Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, November 12. The Estimates. It is probable that the Estimates will come: on for consideration again this evening, and if much obstruction is displayed the House; may sit continuously till midnight on Satur-' day. ; To-day's Sitting. . In the House to-day the-Premier gave notice of the Private Benefit - Societies Amendment Bill, and Mr Cadman of the Railway Classification Amendment Bill. The Premier said that Ministers had been overworked consequent on the recent protracted sittings, therefore he did not propose to answer questions, but would proceed at'onoewith the consideration of the Estimates. 'â– Captain Russell protested against the persistent postponement of questions, and said -that until;'these Were answered 'and the information they asked for was afforded , what Ministers were pleased to describe as stonewalling would be inevitable. In order to prevent a long discussion on the motion for going into Committee of Supply, Mr Meredith, evidently put up by the Government, moved that the construction of the railway from Culverden to Blenheim should take precedence of all other lines. It was anticipated by Ministers that this motion would be allowed to be put without discussion, but Mr Fraser took the floor with the view of forwarding the claims of the Otago Central line, which, he declared, was of far greater importance than that proposed by Mr Meredith, and he also advocated the Heriot-Roxburghextension formation, which, he said, was partially completed, and the rails laid, and there it remained as a monument of folly and breach of promise to the people residing in the Switzers, district.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Evening Star, Issue 10469, 12 November 1897