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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10478, 23 November 1897
[Prom Our Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, November 23 (’oiitleiiiuallou of (be Labor Bills. The Premier, having invited the Industrial Association to forward the results of their deliberations on the Labor Bills, Mr Sam Brown (president of that body) writes that at a.meeting, at which the leading manufacturers of Southland, Otago, Canterbury, and Wellington were represented, the following resolutions were passed “ That a letter be addressed to the Premier stating, that, after giving careful consideration to the Eight Hours Bill and the Masters and Apprenticesßill (especially to the latter), they are of opinion thatif theseßills be passed, as proposed, they would be practically unworkable ; at the same time they would seriously affect the industries of the colony, and not ha in the interests of the workmen or the rising generation of boys and girls of the colony, and they would respectfully ask that these Bills be withdrawn, as it appears to them that all that is aimed at therein can be safely left to employers and employes to adjust between themselves, and fading their so agreeing they have the Conciliation and Arbitration Boards to fall back upon. These boards, they think, should be given a fair trial before such arbitrary Bills, as those proposed, are passed; or if you cannot see your way to withdraw them, then these Bills should be held in abeyance until next session for more matnre consideration.” Opposition Caucus.
This forenoon’s caucus was called mainly for the purpose of considering matters connected with the party organisation, which Captain Russell wished to lay before the Opposition. The meeting was a short one, consequent on members having to attend the sessional committees. After- a, desultory talk, the meeting was adjourned for a week. The Old Age-Pensions Bill was broached, but consideration of the question was adjourned till a further meeting, which will be held shortly. Professor Black’s Patent, By invitation of the Minister of Mines several members to-day witnessed an exhibition of the permanganate gold recovery process by Professor Blaok at the Wellington Museum. There were present the Hon. Mr Cadman, Messrs Herries, Lang, M’Gowan, Massey, Larnach, Duncan, R. M’Kenzie, Mills, and others. The ore operated on was from Mount Morgan, the result being that extraction up to lOcz of gold would be 3s to ss, the extra cost being in the calcining process. It was originally a French discovery by M. Etard, of Paris. It is a vast improvement on the older methods of chlorination, differing from them and the cyanide process in requiring nospecial training or technical knowledge in its application to suitable ores. One great point brought out was that the lead saved would pay for the whole process. The result of the trial was regarded as most satisfactory. Miners anil Eight Honrs. Mr Larnach presented a petition to-day from the miners at the Blue Spur and surrounding districts asking that the mining industry should be exempted from the operation of the Eight Hours Bill. Limiting I lie Financial Strain. When the Old Age Pensions Bill is in committee Mr Larnach will move that all pensioners be disfranchised, and that after the passing of the Act no payment to be made out of the Consolidated Fund shall exceed £IOO,OOO in any one year. Ocean Mall services. When the ocean mail resolutions come to be submitted to the House I expect to find that assistance will be offered to both the San Francisco and the Vancouver services. The Premier has just (3.30 p.m.) informed the House that the ocean mail resolutions will be brought down to-morrow. All questions were postponed, and the House has gone on with the committee stage of the Old Age Pensions Bill.
Banking Legislation After AH. Though it has been industriously given out that no Banking Bill will be introduced this session, your readers must not be surprised should the exact contrary prove to be the case. A day or two will suffice to show the accuracy of ray snrmise. The banking legislation, which was understood to have been shelved, will be brought down by Governor’s Message shortly. It will provide for the abolition of the office of president, and for increasing the Government’s representation on the directorate of the Bank of New Zealand.
Later. My forenoon snrmise baa been confirmed. The Premier has just (3 30) stated in the House that ho hoped in a couple of days to bring down a final Banking Bill.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10478, 23 November 1897
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