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THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNORSHIP.

(PBK PRKBB ASSOCIATION.)

London, November 14. Lord Knutsford, m a letter to Sir A. Blyth, Agent-General for South Australia, reiterates the arguments used m replying to the demand of the Queensland Premier. The Secretary of State adds that, apart from his Imperial functions, a Governor occupies a position which precludes a local Ministry from the possibility of a voice m his selection. Were , such a course adopted the Governor would inevitably be suspected of partiality towards the Ministry who favored his selection. Lord Knutßford further sayiJ he would bo unable to ask a high-mindod man to accept the governorship subject to the approval of the colony. London, November 16. Baron de "Worms, Political Undersecretary for the Colonies, denies the statement that Sir H. A. Blake's appointment as Governor of Queensland has been cancelled. Lord Knutsford has informed Sir Arthur Blyth, Agent-General for South Australia, that while ho will not permit the colonies to shsre the responsibility of the appointment of Governors ho is disposed to consult colonial Governments wherever possible. The telegram from Sir 'Ihos. Mcllwraith, Premier of Queensland, containing objections to Sir H. A. Blake's appointment was read m the House of Commons to day, and received with cheers by the Parnellite party. Referring to the statement that Queensland would not provide the Governor's salary if Fir H. A. Blake's appointment was insisted upon, Sir J. El. Gorst remarked that provision was made for the Governor's salary by permanent law and not annual appropriation. Lord Brassey, m tho course of a Bpeech at Liverpool, said the Colonial Governments were certain to become more exacting m their demands regarding the appointment of Governors. Tho demands, he thought, wore reasonable and natural, and it would be a wise step on tho part of the Government to comply with them m order to prevent a rupture with tho colonies. '. " The 1 imes," referring to Fir Thos. Mcllwraith's objections to the appointment of Sir H. Blake as Governor of Queensland, considers them inaccurate* vague and elastic, and says they will strengthen tho surmise that the Queensland Government are mistaken. It adds that tho objections' will assist Lord Knutsfqrd, Secretary for the Colonies, a little m deciding whether tho protest of Queensland is fictitious. " Tho Times " endorses tho view taken by Mr Gillies, Premier of Victoria with reference to the appointments of Colonial Governors, and hopes that no person not desirous of severing the present relations between tho Mother Country and the colonies will think otherwise. London, November 17, Sir H. A. Blake, who was selectod as Governor of Queensland, has intimated his willingness to retire from the position; but Lord Knutsford objects. " The Times " admits that it is impolitic to defy local opinion. The " Economist " says Queensland, on reflection, will not risk the dangers of reparation, for the sake of tho Irish. Sir T. Mcllwraith is attempting to reduce the colonies to the position of allies. London, Novemher 18. The « Spectator " says while the colonies regard tho Queen as Sovereign; they cannot bo allowed to pick and choose Governors arbitrarily. It urges Lord Knutsford not to comply with the unreasonable caprices of the Queensland Government. The " Economist " considers it would bo better to stand the risk of losing a | colony than to allow the Imperial Government to become feeble and inept. It adds that it is difficult to see the advantage of retaining a colony requiring protection and embarrassing .the foreign policy of the Queen. Sir J. Gorst has refused the position of Governor of Newfoundland. Tho "Observer" upholds Lord Knutsford's action re the appointment of Colonial Governors, but advises that he should amicably settle the difficulty with the Queensland Government. I Sydney, November 17. Sir Henry Parkos has expressed the opinion that Governorships should be confined to public men having experience of (Stnto affairs. It was only reasonable that the colonies should bo informed of tho intondod appointments before they were absolutely made. (Received November 19, 12.10 p.m.) Tondon, November 17. Roferring to the subject of the Queeneland Governorship the "Observer" says that tho objections raised by Sir T. Mcllwraith to tho appointment of Sir H. Bioko are frivolous and that the Government of the colony aro ashamed | to admit tho real objection, which is that tho appointment is unpopular with tho Irish Bottlers m tho colony. • Referring to tho question of Colonial Governorships tho « Speotator " urges that it would bo extremely embarrasing to tho foreign policy of Great Britain if tho Queon woro unable to appoint a singlo ropiesentativo. Tho new prinfliplo sought to bo established Is inconsistent with constitutional monarchy. The " Spectator " adds that it would bo dooidodly wrong to allow Mr Parnell to dictate as to tho disposal of an important division of Crown patronage. Tho " Daily NoVs " thinks there is considerable weight m Lord Knutsford's arguments. The colonial Govornment which was able to choose a Governor would possess an unfair advantage over its successors. The example, however, of Clifford Lloyd might have warned Lord Knutsford against pitchforking Irish OOefoioai (g lUtO Colonial v&nanniaa

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THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNORSHIP., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888

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THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNORSHIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1991, 19 November 1888

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