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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, July 18 (1840)

The New South Wales Bill has been dropped. No show of opposition was made to it. To have raised any party feeling on the question would have been very difficult. Ministers, we believe, might have carried any measure they had prepared: but they were too lazy to prepare any. The Colonial Minister considers Colonial affairs as of secondary consequence. He is leader of the House of Commons, and the main prop of the Government, and went from the Home-office to the Colonial department because the Canada question had taken a party tinge. He has little leisure for New South Wales; and, after having formally introduced his measure to effect a most important change in one of the principal colonies, lest it fall to the ground as coolly as a Turnpike Bill. Year after year, session after session passes; Lord This succeeds the Honourable That in Downing-street, and each Secretary promises a New South Wales Bill; but the pledge dwindles into a renewal of a law which all admit to be unsuited to the present and growing wants of the Colony.
The debate in the House of Commons, on Tuesday night, on Lord Eliot's motion for a committee on New Zealand colonization, produced one of those incidents which occur very frequently at present, and which could not occur often, if at all, had the country the advantage of possessing a respectable Administration. Mr. Mackinnon, one of the late Commissioners for the Colonization of South Australia, took the opportunity of denouncing as untrue an assertion recently made by Lord John Russell as to the conduct of those Commissioners. His Lordship, misinstructed by some of the official jobbers who profess devotion to the present Administration for the sake of preying upon the country was betrayed into the rash assertion, that the late South Australian Commissioners had applied to the Colonial Department to be placed upon the footing of salaried Commissioners. This mis-statement has been contradicted already by several of these unpaid Commissioners. Mr. Mackinnon, on the occasion above-mentioned, added his personal testimony to the evidence by which the falsehood; of the jobbers of the Colonial Office and of the South Australian Commission had previously been established. Lord John Russell ran out of the House the moment that he saw Mr. Mackinnon upon his legs, and took especial care not to return to it until all the business relating to colonization was at an end.—Morning Post.

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