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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. In moving the second reading o! the National Provident Fund Act Amendment Bill the Minister (Hon. F. H. DBell) pointed out that the measure had no relation whatever to the proposal to provide for the subvention of friendly societies/ "It was a mistake to think that the Bill had anything to do with friendly societies, and it was not.intended to meet the promise of subvention. Any society which invited subscriptions and promised benefits should be .in a position to fulfil its promises".' The Bill would affect the great and sound societies, as well as tho weaker bodies.—The Hon. J. T. Paul said the Bill was primarily provided to help the worker, and an impecunious local body' or tm-ScvnpuVous employer might deprive a worker of its benefits. All an impecuniowt local body had to do was to get rid of its liabilities and to dismiss the employees, and the same applied to a private employer. The temptation was too great to place before either local bodies or private employers.—The debate was adjourned. The Education Reserves Act Amendment Bill was taken in committee. —Progress was reported and leave was asked to sit again. The Minister moved the second reading of the Road Boards Act Amendment Bill. It proposes to confer upon road boards the power to obtain money for the construction of drainage works.—The Hill was put through committee without amendment, read a third time, and passed. The Minister also moved the second reading of the Municipal Corporations Act Amendment Bill, which makes provision for a poll to be taken upon the inclusion or exclusion of an area in a borough.—The Bill was put through committee without amendment, read a third time, and passed. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

In reply to the Leader of the Opposition, the Prime Minister stated that the Government had not yet considered the necessity of instructing the Huntly Disaster Commission tc inquira into charges of intimidation A decisio i would be come to before the Commission reported. On the motion ot the Minister of PublicWorks, the amendments made in the Local Railways Bill by tho Legislative Council were agreed to. The remainder of the sitting was taken up with the iinil stages of the Legislature Bill (reported elsewhere). Just before the House rose at 2.22 a.m. the Native Land Act Amendment Bill, the Kauri Gum Act Amendment Bill, and the Inspection of Machinery Act Amendment Bill were introduced by Governor's Message and read a first time.

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YESTERDAY'S PARLIAMENT, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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YESTERDAY'S PARLIAMENT Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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