The Local Railways Bill was recommitted lor the purpose of making a machinery amendment to clause 74. IT.o Bill was then read a third time and passed. The National Provident Fund Act Amendment Bill was put through committee and reported with amendments.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The Statutes Revision Committee recommended that the Cook Islands Bill be allowed to proceed.—ln reply to tho Leader of tho Opposition, the Minister (Hon. A. L. Herdman) said that no material changes had been made in the Bill. The clauses relating to the marriage laws had not been altered. The question of trial bv native juries was surrounded with difficulty, while it had not been considered advisable to give the natives powder to make wills, owing to their liability to be influenced by Europeans. It was proposed to send the Bill to tho Native Affairs Committee, after which he would ho pleased fully to explain the alterations made.
The House -went into committee on the Workers’ Dwellings Act Amendment Bill, which was reported without amendment, and subsequently read a third time and passed. Tho Land Laws Act Amendment Bill ivas taken in committee. The new clause 9a, providing that lessees in perpetuity of ordinary Crown lands may- acquire the fee simple of the whole area, notAvithstapding provision as to limitation of area, was challenged by the Opposition, but on a division AA-as carried by 36 votes to 21. Clause 9b, giving a eimilar concession to lessees of settlement lands, Avas retained by 56 votes to 18. The right of lessees of small grazing runs to acquire the freehold under clause 12 was next contested, but the Government slightly increased their majority. The Legislative Council Reform Bill was next taken. This will be found reported elsewhere.
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YESTERDAY’S PARLIAMENT, Evening Star, Issue 15630, 22 October 1914