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Wellington Notes.


(From a Correspondent)

Parliament Buildings are . besieged by representatives of American, German, and English importing houses, who are desperately anxious for the Tariff to be framed so as to have their goods come in free and our local manufacturing businesses closed up. Mr and Mrs Walter Henderson, of Invercargill, are at present staging with Sir Joseph and Lady Ward. The. money allocated this year for roads, bridges, and railways is materially reduced. Mr A. M'cVinish, late of the Car riers' Arms Hotel. Invercargill, is doing a flourishing business in a new hotel here. ■Wellington is pronounced to be the dearest place in the colony to livt‘ in. The proposed appointment of new .dairy inspectors will not be made lor some time. Mr James Fleming (chairman of the Southland Counts - Council) was in .Wellington last week. Those who have been agitating for construction of new railways in their districts will he disappointed. the Premier stating’ that no new lines are to be authorised this year. Long sittings and vers - late hours are expected to be the rule when the Land Bills and Tariff Bills are debated in committee. The House is not likely to close, before the end of November, and the session may possibly run into December. On dit, that Mr T. E. Taylor, exM.H.R.. will stand for Ashburton at the next election.

Tlx> ."Land Bill, which has hem referred to the T^amis Committee. is said to he meeting- with much criticism. Already some alterations, it is reported, have been secured in favour of the freehold* sentiment, i.e.. the granting- of the freehold to all iease-in-perpet u i t.y settlers. A stormy time is predicted when the Hill comes hack from the Committee. Owing- to the intricate nature of the details of the new graduated I.and Tax Bill it has been referred to the Public Accounts Committee. According- to a recent- distinguished visitor, who has seen all the Parliamentary Buildings in. ling-land, the Colonies and America, the .New Zealand House of Parliament is the worst ventilated and most unhealthy that he has ever been in. New Zealand parliamentarians readily pass health ami sanitary laws dealing with the public. They evidently have need to begin "at home” and apply such laws to their own premises. A large deputation of members iepresenting all the electorates of the colons' is to wait upon the Minister for Railways to urge several matters affecting the pay, etc.. of railway servants of the second iivisi-m. The ministerial residence occupied by the late Mr Seddon is now used by Hon. Mr McXab, Minister of Rands, and the lion. George Powlds, Minister of Kducat ion. Mrs N" unnelly acts as housekeeper, Mrs Seddon has built, a large and handsome two-storey residence at the ■hack of the Ministerial reside nee. In the D.I.C. and other large drapery establishments in Wollihgton, apartments are devoted to tea and luncheon rooms. They arc not only .largely' patronised by the firm's shopping customers, hut by the business people. people are complaining- hitterly ahout the high house rents ruling here. 'Deputations to ministers from all parts of the colony are becoming so numerous and frequent that they are being regarded by Parliamentarians as a general nuisance. The opinion is expressed that deputations are quite unnecessary, seeing that members are on the spot, and are able to do more for their electorates. 'With the exception of providing a free pleasure trip to delegates of local bodies at groat expense to ratepayers, little good is over effected.

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Wellington Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907

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Wellington Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 17, 10 August 1907

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