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Satuhdae, July B.— The House resumed at 7.30 on Friday night. Report of tho Committee inquiring into Sir George Grey's election for the Thames was read, and it held that Sir George Grey's election for the Thames was quite in accordance •with the law in the Colony and at home, and that he was eligible to sit for that district. Mr. Stout immediately gave notice that on Tuesday next Sir George Grey would declare for which constituency he would sit. The Premier moved the second reading of the Municipal Corporation Act, explaining its provisions. There was a general concurrence with the principles of the Act, but there was a strong desire expressed that the different cons titueucies of the • Colony should be afforded an opportunity of expressing an opinion on the Act, and of offeriug suggestions ns to amendments, while exception was taken to many of its details. Government expressed willingness to conBider many of the objections raised, and concurred in the desirability of not hastening its passage through committee, bnt deprecated the apparent desire of many hon. mem- i bors to postpone everything.' As long as they I had something to go on with they would not hurry the bill, but they wanted to get on with business. The Bill was read the second time on the understanding that it would not be pressed on with undue baste. The adjourned debate on the Coronet's Act Amendment Bill was resumed, and kept gong come time. One side predicted harm, whilst the other side contended that benefits would follow its adoption. Strong objection was taken as to the inefficiency of medical corouers inquiring into fireH. Ultimately the bill was read a second time on the voices. The House adjourned at midnight. Tuesday July 11.— The House met at 2.30. The business was comparatively unimportant. A fortnight's absence was granted to Mr. Rees. Most of the afternoon was devoted to discussing Clause 15 of the Regulation of Local Elections Bill. There was great diversity of opinion as to the hours nt which the polls should be taken, the Bill fixing the hours between nine and six. Mr. Lusk wanted the power o£ fixing time, placed in the hands of local boards ; others wanted polls to be kept open from noon to eight or ten o'clock at night. Others opposed, on the ground that it would tend to create drunkenness and tumult. Various amendments were proposed but all rejected, oue division being 45. against 26 in favour of Government. The clause was sti 1 under discussion wheu the House rose at 5.30.


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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT., Taranaki Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 2427, 12 July 1876

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NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT. Taranaki Herald, Volume XXIV, Issue 2427, 12 July 1876

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