PARLIAMENTARY NEWS (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) WELLINGTON, August 28. THE GOLD DUTY,
The Goldfields Committee presented n report to-day rocommending Government to hasten legislation for the abolition of the gold duty. Mr Guinnass moved that tho recommendation be referred to d'overnment for consideration. Mr Seddon trusted Government would introduce a Gold Duty Abolition Bill, as promised in the Governor's Bpeecb, and assured the House themensure would be unanimously supported by tho goldfield members and it brought down tilence wonld reign supreme so far as those members were concerned. Mr Cadman said he would not Bupport a Gold Duty Abolition Bill in its present form, that was the abolition of the duty and the rating of mining properties. The ftelina was not unanimous in tho Thames district as to the abolition of tho duty and be would oppose the bill unless it was made permissive. Mr Grimmond ntntci it was understood at a meeting of the Goldfields Committee that day, that the bill would be made progressive in deference to the wish of the Auck.
land members, Bir George Grey spoke in favor of passing the Sill. Mr Pyke strongly objected ti claßß taxation of miners and urged Ministers to push the bill through without delay and give the Houae a chance of dealing with it. Colonel Fraser said the co:nmit'ee had "upported the bill unanimously he and Mr Cadman would support it as in previous years, but on condit'on that a special distinction be made in reference to the North Island goldfield. Mr R. H. | Rerves Dointed out that the duty j ■ amounted to nothiDg less than an income tax of over 1\ per cent on the earning of | the mining community. The principal I opposition to the bill was to be apprehended in the Legislative Council and in order to overcome it he suggested that Government should call one or more goldfield members to that Chamber. Mr Mitohelson said the Minister of Mines who WB9 absent through illness was ambitious to pass the bill this session and had aske t him t>» bring it on for Friday ; hi* experience of the length o£ discussion on similar subjects in other years made him hesitate to do so. As, however, the goldfield members had. promised to remain silent he would do his best to push the bill forward. Mr Kerr said the ininere themselves did not demand the abolition of the duty. The request for that only came from owners of mines. The motion referring the matter to the Government, was then agreeed to. MINIKG ACT. < The report of the Goldfields Committee on Mr Serfdom's Mining Bill was brought before the House to-day. The Committee proposed that the bill should be allowed to paas with some nmendments, chief of which are the provisions that the rents of licensed holdings and special claims shall be payable half yearly in advance and that a person, other than the in-pector who has instituted proceedings for forfeiture, shall be deemed the first applicant;
RENEWALS, Mr Seddon said one matter dealt with in the bill was the renewal of miniDg rights. It was not generally known to miners and others that the renewal of their rights had been made imperative by an Order in Council, Tbe consequence of this ignorance was that nine tenth 3 of such titles in the colony were not renewed and were liable to be forfeited any day. Therefore it was absolutely necessary that some bill should be passed this session if it only contained one clause to validale titles endangered by this informality and provide that rigbti need not henctfoith be annually renewed. Now that he had pointed out this 'act the responsibility must rest with the House, but the Minister of Mines recognised the impertance of the subject and reemed willing to do something. He would now simply move that tho Bill be set down for committal tomorrow and would leave its further progress in the hnnd of tho Government. The rr.otion was o greed to. EXHIBITION SPECIMENS.
Mr Cadman raised this afternoon, the question to what authority the AgentGeneial had for presenting New Zealand miners specimens to tbe French Govern" ment. 'lhe Acting- Premier said Sir F. D. Bell had given tbe specimens to the French Government on his own authority but he argued tbat more advantage would acorue to the colony from their being placed in a conspicuous place at Parif, than from their return, &s the total value placed upon the exhibits was very email. Mr Cadman asked whether Government would pay for the exhibits. The ActingPremier raid that if persons concerned would make applications for refund of value ho had no doubt Government would consider the matter. Mr Cadman considered the attitude of the Government so extraordinary ihat he felt justified in moving the adjournment of the House, Many people would call their action, or that of their representative's sharp practice, others would say it was larceny as a bailee, but for his part he considered it downright theft. If miners were to be treated in this way those from his part of tho colony were not likely to contribute largely to» wards future exhibitions.'" Mr Seddon said that if ha were in Paris and saw bis own property there he would feel inclined ( o take possession of it whatever trouble it might bring him into. The discussion then dropped and the motion for adjourn* ment was negatived. >-• SLTJDQE CHANNEL COMPENSATION.
A discussion on the recommendation of the Goldfields Committee for payment of compensation to the sufferers by the j Kumara Sludge Channel waß to have taken place yesterday, but in the absence of the Minister of Mines, who is indis- , posed, it was postponed until Friday. I | CHINESE MINERS EIGHTS. j An effort ia being made by K. Reeves to rise miners rights fee for Chinamen from 5s to £1. THE EAILWAT DEVIATION. Mr Seddon received to«dey a telegram from the Mayor of Kumara as follows :—: — " Midland Riill way Company offer through Guinness two thousand for making a dray road from Greenstone to Mitchells, and will put a steamer on the lake to connect with the lino provided the deviation is agreed to this seasirn ; wire your opinion before I reply to Guinness." Mr Seddon replied to the effect thet he has seen the telegram from Mr Wilson manager for the Midland Company, to Mr Chambovlain, manager for Masters and Co, of Greymouth, stating that the Company were willing to grant a subsidy of £ for £ if either Government or local bodies make the road. 'I hey would also put a steamer on the lake to connect with trains, thus Riving communication to Pouch West* land provided that opposition to the Bill is withdrawn and it was allowed to pass this session. He advises the Mayor to communicate with Wilson direct, but thinks the subsidy would be of no use as Government would spend no money m the road and the local bodies have none to spend. If the Company would agree to widen the road aa well as provide a steamer, tho Mayor should communicate with the Mayor of Hokitika and the County Chairmen of Grey and Westland as well as the principal rosidents of Greenstone. If they are unanimous in accepting tbe compromise offered, he (Mr Redd on) is prepared to agree to any decision they may arrive at ' provided it does not in any way interfere with the Company's original contract, 1 Any arrangement that is made must al-o < be clearly expressed in the Bill. The Midland Railway Contract B'll, which relates to the deviation, was to have been ( introduced to-day, but in consequence of E tliepo negotiations Mr Seddon asked that i it should bo deferred, which Government £ agreed to.
Air Seddon asked the Native Minister why it Is that the Public Trustee ha 9 not given the lessees of tbe Arahura and
motueka reserves the refusal of new' leases as provided by Section 13 of " The Westland and Nelson Native Reserve Act, 1887." The Minister replied that the Public trustee wag advised he had not power to cancel existing leases and Issue ne n ones as was deeired. At Mr Seddon's suggestion the Minister agreed to take the opinion of the Crown law officers on the subject. HOKITIKA. HIGH SCHOOL BILL, Intrduced by Mr Grimmond, has been j passed by the Local Bills Committee as i being ia proper order and will be set down for Thursday next, I OCCUPATION LICENSEB. The Goldfieldn Committee has strongly recommended Government to add a claiiHe to the Mining Act, compelling Wardens to hear and deal with every applicaiion for occupation licenaeo of small areas for agricultural purposes within one month after receipt of such application. THE EMPLOYEES LIABILITY BILL Has been reinstated by the Legislative Council, and now stands a good chance of setting through. It will probably be amended a good deal. Several members made it clear that they only allowed it another chance because ttey distinguished it from other Labor Bills which they would do their best to keep out until the new House of Representatives had had an opportunity of expressing an opinion about them. CLASSIFICATION. It is evident that Meaars Fish, Goldie and one or two other members are de* termiaed to use every means of resisting the passage of the Post and Telegraph Classification Bill this session, though there is a sweeping majority in the House prepared to carry it. Quite a long debate took place this afternonn on the motion for the second reading and the discussion was diverted into a much wider channel by Mr Perceval proposing the postponement of the Bill until Government should appoint a Royal Commission to enquire into the question of classification and reform of the Civil Service. Almost the only grounds of opposition shown were that the BUI should not be gone on with until the whole Civil Service wbb being classified and that the permanent fixture of salaries would deprive the House of the chance of reviewing the Estimates. On the other hand it was urged tbat the passing of this Bill would be a euarantee that the general classification would be brought abeut. Perceval's amendment was eventually lost by 40 to 14 and the second reading of the Bill was agreed to:
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PARLIAMENTARY NEWS (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) WELLINGTON, August 28. THE GOLD DUTY,, West Coast Times, Issue 7788, 29 August 1890
PARLIAMENTARY NEWS (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) WELLINGTON, August 28. THE GOLD DUTY, West Coast Times, Issue 7788, 29 August 1890
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