PERSONAL. AND OTHERWISE. (From a Correspondent). Hansard shorthand reporters in the N.Z,. Parliament receive salaries from £3lO to £350. In reporting debates they take turns of five minutes each. When the House is in Committee on a Bill, members’' remarks are not reported in Hansard. Only the resolutions and voting on decisions are recorded. In Committee on a measure a member can speak on every amendment moved four times, ten minutes each time. By continually moving amendments it is possible to delay the passage of a Bill for many hours. This is what is called a stonewall. A common method adopted by some members of blocking or preventing a Bill coining on or being proceeded with is eo talk at length on a measure. preceding it on the Order Paper. Mr Cook, one of the first schoolmasters in Invercargill and at the Bluff, is in the Bill Office in Parliament . Only members and House officials are admitted to the Parliamentary Buildings without a ticket. There is an epidemic of whooping ing cough, influenza, measles, and pneumonia in, Wellington. Very few houses are free from sickness. A number of members belonging to both Houses are down with influenza. Wellington loses the sun behind the high hills which wall the city in at the back about four in the afternoon. This causes , a decided and sudden change in the temperature, with a chilly feeling, which no doubt accounts for much of the illness generally prevalent in the city. The insinuation made by some persons that members get perquisites and allowances for committee and other work is absolutely untrue. No perquisites of any kind are received by members. All that they get is their honorarium and railway fares. It is said that very few alterations will be made by the House in the amended tariff proposals of the Government. In order to conserve necessary revenue for public purposes the Government is refusing applications to remove the duty off .certain arricles. Practically no debts are due oy members to Bellamy's. At no time has there been a Parliament composed of so many temperate men. Is female franchise resuonsible for this improvement ? Four members of the House of representatives wear wigs, and very few can boast of good heads of hair. Mr A. R. Barclay (Dunedin) is the shortest man in the House. Mr Rutherford (Amborley) is the tallest, and Mr Bollard (Auckland) the stoutest and heaviest. The average number of words spoken by members in debate is tinder--100 a minute. Most of the members are calm and deliberate speakers.
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Wellington Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
Wellington Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907
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