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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10473, 17 November 1897
[From, Ooii Pabuamkktauy Kkportkb.] WELLINGTON, November 17. TUc I'ollcc Commission. The intimation that Dr Giles(ex-stipendary magistrate at Auckland) and Air Poynton (S.M. at Invercargill) were to be associated with Commissioner Tunbridge on the Royal Commission to inquire into the organisation of the police force was made to Hie House yesterday afternoon by. the Premier, who explained that it was found impossible to withdraw two of the magistracy &t the present time. He feared that taking the charges Against Inspector Emerson and ■es-DeiEotive Henderson independently were intended to be used as a' pretext for shelving the main object, which those who asked for a police commission had in view. The announcement was received with marked signs of approval by the House. It ia undot - stood, however, that wliile Mr T. E. Taylcr readily accepts Mr Poynton, he will strenuously oppose the inclusion of Dr Gilep. ,Jnvcnilc Immorality.
"The report of the Committee on the Young Persons' Protection Bill was to the effect thtt the prevalence of juveviile depravity web proved by the evidence brought before them, and the Committee recommended the Government to pass the Bill on theßubject now before the House.—Mr George Hutchistn raised the question of the production tf evidence on which the report was based. The Premier deprecated laying the evidence on the table, as it would get into the newspapers and have ?.n injurious effect on the public morals.—Mr Pi rani, Mr Tanner, and others condemned the proposal to ask Parliament to pass the Bill without having the evidence on which the recommendations were", based. Other speakers, however, seemed very solicitous about the morals of the newspapers, and were apprehensive that, if the evidence weie laid on the table, the journals would pollute their columns with unsavory disclosures.—Mr Pirani humorously suggested that the sergeant-at-arma might be posted over the document with a loaded pistol in order to scare off the reporters.—On a division the motion for the production of the evidence was negatived by 37 to 31. The alterations made in the Young Persons,' Protestion Bill by the Committee to whom it was referred are of an important character. The Bill, as amended by the Committee, applies to boys as well as to girls apparently not over sixteen years of age, and proceedings under the proposed enactment are to be heard before the stipendiary magistrate only, and not, as alternately proposed by the measure as introduced, by two justices of the peace. The provision that a young person found improperly loitering is to be taken to the nearest refuge has been 6truck out, and a "place" is to be prescribed in the regulations. The Committee have also excised the provision whereunder boys found in gambling or immoral houses may be»ordered to be whipped. Alicunlion of Xntive Lands.
In replying to the deputation which waited on him on Monday afternoon re Maori grievances, the Premier spoke with no uncertain Bound regarding the future alienation of Maori lands. He intimated that he would like to see all alienations by way of sale stopped. There should be no further sales. AH Maori lands ought hereafter to be dealt with by way of lease only. The districts in which Native lands were situated ought to be divided, and for each district a board should be set up for the purpose of leasing the lauds therein. The Board would first set apart such lands as were required for the Nativets themselves, and the balance should then be leased, just as.European lands were leased, the best price being obtained. The first charge on the moneys would be the amount expended on surveying and roading to reimburse the State for its expenditure in that direction, and the balance of the moneys received by way of rent would be distributed amongst the owners. By some such scheme would be met what in the past had been the bane of the Native race—viz., the opening up of large tracts' of unoccupied country. Poninlinli.-i. That the Pomahaka settkrs are not pleased with their prospects, despite assertions to the contrary given by Ministers, is shown by the following petition presented to the House yesterday afternoon by Mr J. W. Thomson : " We, the undersigned settlers on the Pomahaka Estate, do hereby pray your honorable House to take our position here into your most serious consideration, for the following reasons:—(l) After our experience on the land—in most cases extending over a period of three and a-half years—we find that its capabilities are not sufficient to enable us to pay the present rent and live. (2) We came here with a fair amount of capital, and have expended it in improving our holdings. From the returns which we have received we aro forced to the conclusion that the rents are too high. (3) Wo are now forced to the forfeiture of our holdings and consequent loss of our hard-earned savings. We therefore pray your honorable House to give consideration to the matters sot forth herein, and to take such steps as may be necessary to assist us.—William Scarlett, George Watt, George Harvey, James Falconer, Joseph Aberuethy, G.* W. Maxwell, Thomas Chapman, John Abernethy, Thomas H. Erskine, Peter Murray, James Burke, Donald M'Gregor, and George Herriott." AnsM'crlng Questions. Ministers, in reply to questions, informed the House that the Government were prepared to carefully consider the question of supplying pure.vaccine lymph to all public vaccinators in the colony to the exclusion of any other.—That the Natives who had ploughed up the lands of the settlers in the Taranakt district had not communicated with the Government in 'any way before doiug so, and had Europeans acted in a similar way they would have been sentenced to longer terms of imprisonment. That the Government had not the intention of restoring the rights of several hundred railway servants as to their retiring allowances, of which they were deprived when transferred to the service of the Railway Commissioners. That the Government would be glad to accept suggestions from the House for coping with the question of Austrians on gum fields.—That the railway servants objecting to their classification would be given an opportunity to have their objections dealt with by the Appeal Board. Developing Clnlliu Itlvcr Traffic. A deputation comprising three members of the Clutha River Board—Messrs M'Corley (chairman), W. H; M'Kenzie (of Kaitarigata), and J. M'Neill (of Balclutha)—we»e introduced to the Premier and Minister <f Lands on Monday by Messrs J. W. Thomsc n and J. Allen, M.H.R.s. They explain*d that they wished authority to borrow £5,0C0 for the purchase of a ne wsteamer for the rivei. the one at present in use being practically worn out. ' The deputation represented that £3,000, the proceeds of one of their endowments, was lying idle in the bank, and that an additional £2,000 would be required. The Ministers asked that the precise requirements of the deputation should be put in writing, and the Cabinet would then consider what legislation was necessary to give effect to their wishes.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10473, 17 November 1897
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