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YESTERDAY’S PARLIAMENT, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Education Bill was received from the House, read a second time, and referred to the Education Committee. Consideration was given to the committee stage of the Local Railways Bill. A new clause, 99a, was passed, giving the. Governor power to make by-laws and regulations under the Act. Clause 44 was deleted, and a new clause inserted providing that the board might levy a rate upon a railway district for the carrying out of survey and preliminary works, and pledge such rate as security for moneys borrowed from its bankers. Clause 74 was altered with the object of making provision for the proper publication of by-laws. Machinery amendments wore made to clause 71. Clause 76, dealing with the production of by-laws as evidence, was struck out. The Bill was then reported, and the third reading was fixed for next sitting day. The Council passed resolutions expressing regret at the death of Mr T. K. Macdonald, former member of the Council, and Mr Waller Symes, ex-member of the House, and placing on record appreciation of their services. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Mr Wilford asked leave to introduce the Horticultural Industries Bill, which, he said, was a measure promoted at the request of those engaged in the industries concerned. He asked whether, in view of the lateness ot the session, the Government would adopt the Bill and pass it.— The, Prime Minister replied that the Government had an almost identical Bill on the Order Paper, which would almost certainly be passed this year.—Leave to introduce the Bill was refused. The Baukapiika County Bill and Dargaville Borough Municipal Site Vesting Bills were discharged from the Order Paper. The second reading of the Workers’ Dwellings Act Amendment Bill was resumed. After short speeches by Mr Glover and Mr Myers, the second reading was agred to on the voices. LAND LAWS. The Prime Minister moved the second reading of the Land La tvs Amendment Bill, which, he explained, was mainly of a machinery nature, designed to facilitate the carrying out of the land policy of the Government. Mr .Mac Donald contended that the mere giving of the freehold to certain classes of settlors did not increase settlement. The Government ought to have, given more attention to small dairying lands and the poorer classes of our pastoral lands. To the machinery clauses there was no objection, but the tenures ought to be made uniform, and under that arrangement the Cheviot settlers should be given the freehold, but not at the original value.
Mr Forbes criticised the- land administration of the Government, particularly the failure of the Crown tenants ter avail themselves of the right to acquire the freehold, from which only £28,000 had been realised. He deprecated the exercise of political influence in appointments to land boards, and intimated that he proposed to move an amendment providing for the election of members of land- boards by the members of Parliament whose constituencies comprise the land district. Mr Isitt traversed a recent appointment to the Canterbury Land Board, which, he said, was so scandalous that no one who had iniv regard for iris honor would have sanctioned it.
The Prime Minister said ho would explain the whole thing, and would expect Mr Isitt to apologise to him for his misrepresentation.’
Mr Isitt said he would apologise if the Prime .Minister could prove him wrong.
Tlie debate was carried on till after 1 a.m.
Tlie Prime Minister, in the course of ins’rcply> said the criticism to which the measure ban been subjected was simply a repetition of the old misrepresentation they had heard ever since the Government assumed office. The time had arrived for a, big forward movement in land settlement, and lie claimed that during tlie hist year tlie Government had purchased just 10 times as much laud tor settlement as their predecessors hud done four years ago. With regard to tlie appointment to the Canterbury Board, referred to by Mr 1,-fit, lie resented any insinuation that the gentleman appointed was related to out' c.f the settlers interested, or that subdivision was delayed until legislation was passed to render subdivision unnecessary. The whole matter was simply one of ordinary administration, ami he was at a loss to understand where the scandal was. The Bill was read a second time. NATIONAL PROVIDENT FUND. The National Provident Fund Bill was put' through, committee without amendment, read a third time, and passed. FISHERIES BILL. The Hon. Mr Fisher moved the second reading of the Fisheries Act Amendment Bill, which was agreed to without debate. The House rose at 1.60 a.m.
YESTERDAY’S PARLIAMENT, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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