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SECOND EDITION.

Defection of Four Oppositionists !

Government in a Majority.

(By Special Wire at 4 a.m.)

Wellington, October 24.

In the House last night Messrs Reader Wood, Swanson, Colbeck, and Hurst had gone over to the ‘ Government side on assurances that the Educational System would not be disturbed, that the liberal measures would be carried, and that regarding public works, any balance due to Auckland would be made up out of the present loan. Their conduct was strongly condemned by the Opposition.

It has not been decided whether the Christchurch seat will be declared vacant or given to Mr Richardson.

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SECOND EDITION. Ashburton Guardian, 25 October 1879

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