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[by telegraph.] from our own correspondent. Wellington, Oct. 23. Government will now, without doubt, meet the no-confidence vote successfully. Mr. Reader Wood has withdrawn from Macandrew, and several Auckland votes are sure to go with him. Private members’ business was allowed to go on in the House yesterday without much party fighting, but there was a great exhibition of useless talk, chiefly on protection versus free trade. Just before midnight the Local Option Bill was reached on the Order Paper, and

its second reading was proposed by Mr {Saunders and seconded by Mr Sheehan, after which the debate on it was adjourned for a week.

There seems to be a lull in the political storm, which will probably leak out afresh to-day, over Mr Hall’s Ministerial statement. A way appears to open by which the Hall Government may meet the No-Confidence vote, but their party doubt the wisdom of attempting to carry on with a hare majority, the necessary though unpopular measures of taxation that the credit of the colony demands, without any delay. There never was a time in the history of the colony when good government was so urgently needed, and when it seemed so utterly impossible. It is said that Mr. Shepherd is promised a seat in the Upper House if the Greyites over regain the power to give it him.

October 24. Sir George Grey is unseated for Christchurch.

Mr E. G. Wright was very fortunate last night in getting the second reading of the Ashburton Water Works Bill passed, and showed his judgment by saying enouglvand not too much about it. After the House had been wearied with a perfect flood of talking on the reduction of the Gold Duty, Mr Adams put what he called his Licensing Bill through its second reading. It only provides for lowering the charges for licenses, putting out the lamps when the bar of the hotel is closed, and ensures that drink may be sold from 1 p.m to 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. to 9 p.iu on Sundays. The “ New Zealander ” professes to ridicule the loss of Messrs Wood, Swanson, Hurst and Colbeck, but the excessive activity of Sir George Grey and Mr Sheehan, who have quite superseded their whips, and the very long faces of Messrs Montgomery, Ballance, Stewart, Pyko, and Shephard, look as if the report was not unfounded.

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION., Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION. Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879