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OTAGO.

Our file of papers is to the 14th instant. From the Otago Colonist, of April 13, weextract the following portions of the Superintendent's speech, on the opening of the Provincial Council : —

I can safely say that never has any Provincial Legislature in New Zealand assembled under circumstances more propitious for practical usefulness than does the Provincial Council of Otago on this its ninth session — whether we regard the fact that the financial condition and public credit of the province are such as to enable us, if so disposed, to initiate and carry through extensive operations in the shape of immigration and of public works, or the no less important fact that we are unfettered by those strong personal feelings and party differences which have unhappily been so prejudicial to the interests of some of the other provinces in New Zealand— l think I may well indulge in the language of congratulation. * # *

Gentlemen, it is not my intention, nor that of my advisers, to initiate much in the way of legislation during the present session. It is an easy matter to load the Statute Book with ordinances. * * There is now in the Provincial Treasury the sum of £39,369 9s. lOd. The estimated revenue for the remaining half of the current financial year is £46 237. Making a total to 30th September next of £85,606 9s. lOd. From this will have to be deducted sums appropriated by the last Provincial Council for publio works now in progress, and of which full particulars will be laid before you, £21,000 ; leaving an available balance for appropriation now of £64,606 9s. 10d., which sum I propose to expend as follows : — Permanent departments of Governments for the ensuing six months, £16,000; Publio Works, £44,000 j Coaßtal and Internal Steam Communication, £4,000.

He then proposes that the survey and the public works departments should be separated, and «tate» that m all future work* the Govern*

ment will confine itself to a system of contracts.

With reference to immigration, he proposes, with a view to provide a permanent fund for that purpose, amounting to 5650,000, to be issued ia debentures, bearing interest at the rate of eight per cent., payable in 1870. A sum is placed upon the Estimates for the formation of an Electric Telegraph between Dunedin and Port Chalmers ; also a proposition submitted that all unbranded cattle not claimed after due notice, shall be taken possession of by the government and sold to defray expenses ; an ordinance respecting the licensing of Publicans; a proposition that a portion of the peninsula between Bluff Harbour and the New River be set apart as a quarantine ground for diseased sheep ; a proposal for the increase of salaries of the heads of departments, the appointment of a Harbour Master, and the exploration of the west coast of the province. The Superintendent then speaks of the proposal to institute a high school for Dunedin, and refers to the recent agitation for the separation of the province ; and lastly, urges that it would be impolitic to disturb the price of land or the main principle of the present land regulations. In the subsequent proceedings of the Provincial Council, Mr. Gillies moved : —

That a respectful address be presented to his Honour the Superintendent, requesting that he may be pleased to place the sum of £1,000 on the estimates, as a substantial acknowledgment of Capcaiu Cargill's services.

Mr. Fenwick seconded the motion, which was opposed by Mr. Reynolds, and the Council divided, when there appeared, for the motion, 7 ; against it, 13. A public meeting had been held respecting Taranaki, the Superintendent in the chair, when the following resolution was unanimously adopted. That the Superintendent be requested, in the name of the Province of Otago, to express sympathy with the settlers of New Plymouth, at the unfortunate position they are placed in, by being surrounded by hostile natives.

A resolution was also agreed to, requesting the Superintendent to place on the estimates a sum for the assistance of those who have been driven from their homes by the natives at Taranaki.

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Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIX, Issue 34, 28 April 1860

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OTAGO. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XIX, Issue 34, 28 April 1860

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