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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, February 8 (1840)


Australian Affairs.
House of Commons.

Jan. 20.—Mr Charles Buller asked whether it was the intention of her Majesty's Government, in the course of the present session, to introduce a permanent measure for the government of the colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land ?
Lord John Russell had no doubt the honourable gentleman meant to ask whether he intended to propose the usual measures for the government of those colonies from year to year.
Mr. C. Buller—Yes.
Lord John Russell said his answer was, "No." He meant to propose a measure probably for ten years' duration, or some similar period, which would be limited to New South Wales and Van Die-men's Land.
Jan. 22.—Mr. Smith O'Brien gave notice that on Thursday, the 6th of February, he should make a motion relative to the subject of emigration, with a view to provide a free passage to any of the colonies of Great Britain for such of the poorer classes of England and Ireland as might be disposed to emigrate.

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