Parliamentary Debates (Hansard); Questions for Written Answer Volume 1879

Parliamentary Debates (Hansard); Questions for Written Answer Volume 1879

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...take it that the Premier answered everything in the speech of the honorable member for Wanganui except the Native portion, and that was also cleared up by the exhaustive speech of the Native Minister. If the Government had been guilty of any act of disqualification requiring an Indemnity Bill, as for instance when eight or nine gentlemen were placed on the Government benches contrary to law; if there had been any illegal dealings with land, or any corruption on the part of the Government; if there had been any Committee of Inquiry refused relative to abuses by the Government, or any failure to begin or to carry out the public works of the colony authorized by Parliament, then I could understand this vote of want of confidence being brought forward. I could also understand an indictment being brought against the Government if there had been any deviation from the broad principles of policy which the Premier laid before the country several months ago. But to submit such an indictment with pantomimic display, unsupported by any fact, or any argument, or any real instance, but simply general, vague statements, picked up here and there, or perhaps created by ' the imagination of honorable members, is oflbnsive to the House, and a waste of the time of the country. From beginning to end the indictment is a most unaccreclited slander directed against the Premier, which slander has grown fat in the possession of the honorable member for Wanganui, and has been magnified in his own utterances. Just imagine, Sir, a vote of want of confidence being based on the individual case of a. Mr. Booth, who was supposed to have been prejudiced by some inquiry. I think that the inquiry is the best thing that could have happened to him. The honorable member...
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  • Paperback | 570 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 1,002g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236842537
  • 9781236842534