LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. - At last night's sitting consideration of tho • EDUCATION BILL was resumed in committee. Clause 79, dealing with salaries (which had been postponed front the morning), was passed without amendment. 'The schedules were also passed without important amendment. Speaking to the third reading of the Bill, the Hon. J. Bair said ho thought the measure had not been brought down at the right time. . It would have been better to bring down such an important measure earlier in the session, eo that the Council could have investigated some of their educational peculiarities. The Hon. Captain Baillie generally supported the Bill, but one thing in it which he did not like- was the reduction in the number of education boards. It would tend to 6poil local self-government and add to the expense. The Hon. C H. Mills was ako of opinion that local interests should not be destroyed. Thave should be supervision ly those residirtg in the district. The teachers were tho mainspring of the, I people, and should occupy a higher grade i in the Public Service. | ! The Hon. Mr Beehan said he was j pleased with the Bill, and considered it j an advance on what they had previously ! known. The expenditure upon . education I was not grudged where sound knowledge i was imparted. | The Hon. Mr Morgan expressed the | hope that the Bill would lead to a general classification and promotion of teachers throughout the Dominion. In reply, tho Hon. Mr Bell declared that th*re had been no attempt to hurry the Bill It had been before the Lower House for months, and had been discussed at almost inordinate length in committee. The Bill was then read a third time, and nassed. RAILWAYS IMPROVEMENT AUTHORISATION. The Minister (Hon. Mr Bell) moved the second reading of the Railways Improvement Authorisation Bill. As it was a money Bill, the Council could not alter it. It did not propose to spend more than £-10,000 upon any one railway .station. The Hon. J. Ban- obje.cted to the limit of £40,000 for railway stations in the big centres, contending that the sum was inadequate. The Hon. Sir William Hall-Jones agreed with the proposal to fix a limit of expenditure, but he thought it would bo found that the new stations in the big centres when finished would cost more than £40,000. He was of opinion that it would have been better to hold over the Bill for the present, but as the Government did i not intend to go upon the money market until the time* was favorable he supposed it was their duty to pass the Bill. Th© Hon. J. Duthio held that if a new station was needed the money should be provided from the profits of th© railway. Nothing was taken from tho profits to tiovide for the buildings "scrapped." The second reading was carried on the voices. The Bill was put through com- | mittee without amendment, read a third t time, and passed. I
WAR BILLB. The War Emulations Bill and the Trading with the Enemy Bill were read a second time, put through committee, and passed without debate. The Council adjourned at 10.15 p.m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. On the House meeting last evening the Prime Minister gave notice of his intention to introdnce tho Shops and Offices Act Amendment Bill and the Public Domains and Re.-erves Act Amendment Bill. The- West Coa?t, Settlement Reserves Act Amendment Bill was introduced, read a second time pro forma, and referred to the Native Affaire Committee. Tho Prime Minister moved the second reading of the Kauri Gum Industry Act Amendment Bill, explaining that it was intended to give temporary relief to the gumdicgere in the North of Auckland by allowing advances up to 50 per cent, on gum pending the recovery of the markets, which prior to the war were largely m Germany.—The Leader of the Opposition said he would support the Bill. Anything that would tend to restore, the balance disturbed hv the war fhould be encouraged.— The second reading was carried on the voice?.—ln committee a new clause, providing that in estimating the value of gum the Minister may idopt the price* current on July 1 last, wa*» adopted on the Prime Minister's motion.—The BUI was subsequently put through its remaining stasres. , The Trime Minister moved tho second reading of the Road Boards Act Amendment Bill, giving road boards power to spend money on drainage schemes.—Several Opposition members complained ot the failure of the Government to deal comprehensively with the question ot local government. What was wanted was a consolidation of local authorities rather than the extension of powers to small road boards.—The Prime Minister, in reply, said he recognised that the day of small local bodies was gone. What was wanted was a happy medium, and of what that medium was the people were the best judges.—The Bill was put through all stages. The Prime Minister next moved the second rea<ling of trie Wages Protection and Contractors' Liens AH Amendment Bill, which was intended to meet a technical flaw which had been pointed out as the result of litigation in the Supreme Court. —Mr Hindmarsh complained that the Bill dealt with the question only from the employer's point of view. There weTe other flaws from the workers point of view which required remedy. He suggested that the Bill be sent to the Labor Bills Committee, where it could be made more equitable.—The Bill was read a second time, and passed its remaining stages. The "State Advances Act Amendment Bill, a purely technical measure, was put through all stages. LAND LAWS.
On "oing into committee on the Land Laws *Act Amendment Bill the Prime Minister stated he had been chaffed by the Opposition that he was keeping the Cheviot Estate out of the Bill to punish the member for the district (Mr Forbes), who was not a Government supporter. That was not the case, and he was quite prepared to take a division on the question and let the House decide it.—The Leader of the Opposition objected on the ground that so many members were away, and the proposition was sprung on the House as a surprise.—Mr Massoy said his side of the House was in the same position, but perhaps it would be better to defer the matter till later on.* He would bring a clause down by Governor's Message giving the Cheviot settlers the right to acquire the freehold, on the same terms as the other Crown tenants. Mr Forbes moved a new clause providing for the election of members of land boards bv members of the House for the districts affected, so that the pernicious influence ot party politics should be eliminated from the choice of members, who ought to be thoroughly impartial men and independent of party patronage.—The clause was not accepted by the Prime Minister, and was lost. " The Bill was then reported. On the third leading of the Land Bill Mr Isitt condemned the manner in •which. a small reserve on the Cheviot Estate had beea put up to auction instead of to ballot, so depriving a number of small men of the opportunity of getting sections. He also referred in condemnatory terms to the cutting up of the Scargili grazing runs, in which the holders were given their original areas after the land board had recommended that provision be made for four additional settlers. The Prime Minister, in reply, denied that he was in any way influenced by political considerations. In both cases he had acted entirely on the recommendation of the official* of his department. The Bill was read a third time and passed. The House rose at 11.53 p.m.
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