(Pbom our Own Oorrebpohdbnt.) Wellington, Sept. 5, /Jt THE ARAHDEA SSTTLERS, In leading the attack on the PubUo Trust Department nud urging the ne« cessity for an enquiry , Mr Seddon said that tho natives whose lands were administered wore diseatisfled and the tenants were moro di c satisfied than tbe natives. In regard to the Arahura Native Reserve the Legislature in 1887 enacted that new leases should be given at reduced rents. Owing to some' legal juibble tbe Public Trustee refused to give effect to the law. In the cases of Haroourt and Bitchelor arbitration was forced on them and went against the Trustee* He then refused to grant tho leases unless they paid ihe cost of arbitration. In the cn*e of M'Guigan tbe extortionate rent of 10a per acre per annum was charged. The Trust Board agreed to a surrender and then attempted to confisoate all the poor mun's improvements. In the case of Quinn and Ward the extortionate rent of 10s per acre was exacted. Oth(r tenanta were only paying three to five snilliogs per acre and Crown lands in tbe diatriot wore leased at one shilling per acre per annum For months he had been trying to get justioQ
for these tenants yet what had been settled in ten minutes he bad taken 20 months and was not yet settled. Mr MitchelsoM, in reply, said a Royal Commission would be appointed. The question of issuing new leases at reduced rateß would be referred to the law officer. The solicitor for the Public Trustee advised that the Trustee could not cancel existing leases. The position of the tenants M'Guigan Quinn and Ward bad been referred to Mr Mackay. In bis reply Mr Macksy d d not remember having promi ed these particular part'es redoc ions in their rents but said tbat had he remained in charge he certainly would have redund their rents. From this be ( Mr Mitcbeleon) th' nght tbe Board would act on Mr Mack ay's advice. M'Guigan's improvements would not be confiscated and if a new le >se at greatly reduced rents could not be offered, it competition was invited, the improvements would be added. He (Mr Mitchelson) was clearly of opinion the rents charged in these cases were extortionate and as a member of tbe Trust Board be would do his best to get them reduead. One lawyer, the Public Trustee's brother, charged over one hundred and sixty pounds and the services rendered were exceedingly , light. The Minister asked Mr Ballance to give him the bill of costs referred to , and he would enquire into tbe matter. HOKITIKA-GEET BAIXWAT. i When the vote cf £10,000 on tbe Public Works Estimates lor the Grey- J Hokitika Railway was being considered the local members strongly urged tbac the work should be pushed on at once from the Hokitiba end. Ti e Minister for Public Works, inanswertoMrGrimmond, eaid he recognised that the pret-ent . tramway was tufficient for ' the require)- ci ments of Greymouth. He understood . that operations at the Hokitika end would -i be commenced as early as possible. J HIGH SCHOOL BILL. The Lcgi lative Council yesterday afternoon pfissed the second reading of the Hokitika High School Bill. It has Dow passed all stages in both Houses. ' THB LOCAL INDUSTRIES' COMMITTEE ! Of the House have drawn up their report on the dairy ptoduce industry, t, As tbe export butter trade is in an 0 unsatisfactory condition, the Committee recommend the Government to at once _i engage at Je si two experts, preferably from Denmark, and strongly urge the establishment of DairymetEj' Associations for the mutu al instrucrion off members, their funth being supplemented 1 by grants in aid from the consolidated 3i3 i revenue. Meanwhile the committee urge ihe establishment of dairy facories and the use of separator oil. Where that is not practicable, the early separation of cream by immersiug milk in cold water or Schwartz method Ihe committee re- ( commend the shipment of butter as soon as possible afrer making, the reductions of railway freights to the lowest level, the -- use of refrigerator cars on the line, or, if J that be impracticable, special care in the ventilation of cars, the runing of niaht C trams where it is found advisable, pro- . ( vision for cool storage at the port of shipment and the regular despatch of R vessels. On the subject of grading butter, the committee think that to be effective the grading should be carried out in London by a qualiSed inspector appointed by the Agent- General, but tbey cannot (See 10-i.rSh page* '; &
•~ tecommend that courier- Witrrreapeet to cheese tbe committee have no recomr 1 mendation to make as the quality of the article produced at the principal factories leaves little or nothing to be desired and the export trade, generally speaking,' is on t satisfactory footing. . A PBOFA,HE FISH, f> .. Mr Fish was called to order b* the
Speaker tbis afternoon, forj[u?ng' profane .language in the House by rtatigg that the ' cut se of the Almighty God would rest on % .the Railway Commist-ioaerq if a railway strike came about. Sir Maurice O'Eorke said it was wicked that any member should appeal to tbe Almighty in such a manner.
THE PHIUAGE DUTY. Government have finally decided to bring in a Bill legalising tbe collection of primage duty up to the end of the present month, and then discontinue it il oc ether. Tbey state, however that li tbe present lab >r difficulty continues the consequences of lelioquiahing so mucb revenue will be a deficit at tbe end of the financial year,-
•\ special Bitting of the Bonso is to be held to-morrow to discuss ibe federation resolutions. The general impression is tba' the session will close at the end of next week.
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PARLIAMENTARY NEWS, West Coast Times, Issue 7794, 6 September 1890
PARLIAMENTARY NEWS West Coast Times, Issue 7794, 6 September 1890
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