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(fBOM OtTB OWNtOBBESPOMDBNT.J July 1 It Is certain now"thai unia'fts anything happens' m the 'meantime to change hii BOfpoia Mr Ballanoe will aooept tht flttaity of kbi Qppoittlpo, Tbi lotUi-

lion to take tne position was unaulmoos otherwise Mr Ballanoe would not hav< •oeepted it, considering that a anaalmotu cho oo win essential to successful leadership. It is etatod that Me Bunny, au n member, is an i>pplloant for the position ol Sergeant-fct-Armo, and stands aome chtttca of obtaining it, there being • feeling that the position should be oonf Ol ted on an old member. The post was cflfjred to Oolonel liaultain, of Auobland, bat was dcollaed. Tuote ia a good deai of talk about the anticipated amendment of the Property Tax Assessment, bat there is no onangeiu .he position* I< iB probable tbkt, «• Wednesday and Thursday are private members' days, ths amendment may nooe moved betore Fiiday, vraen the Bill ia likely to be set down for eeoond reading. Toe Public Petitions Committee have ieclded that they oannoi reoommend the prayer of oartain looai bodies to have the powers of Licensing Committees trans'dtred to Boroagh end Oounty Ooonotls. Ds Fttohett, who for the pant tiro sesilons n*s assisted Mr Walker as Opposllou whip, will now aot as chief whip for he party, thai filling the vacancy oaased >y the retirement of Mr Walker from the •tuition. Mr Perolval, one of the most >opular member* In the House, will aot run. Dt Fitoheit as janior whip. The South Australian Parliament, m ommon with our own, contains a number if volunteer officers, who have challenged heir Noir Zealand contemporaries to a ifla matoa, each team to fire on a range v m own district. Arrangements will irobably be completed In tne oourse of a lay or two. Bis Excellency the Governor has oonented to the Gaspartm correspondent) lelng laid on the table of the Hoose, and t i« now m ihe hands of the Govern* aent printer. Wkllingtok, Joly 2. Should the finanolal debate and the debata on the Properly Tax bo oonolnded, the Poblio Works Statement will probably be delivered next week. Sir William Fox has lent a olrcolar letter to every member protesting against liqaor licenses being granted to the Danedln Exhibition. The fisher correspondence, which the Premier promised to l*y oo the table if possible today, will not be ready before Friday it then. Org»nis»ttou is moving already m the direction of killing the San tfrauelsoo Mail Servloe, ana thete are hopes of rep atlng the deoisive vote of last session. It Is ramored that the Publio Wotks Statement will Include a proposal to extend the Kotorua railway another teu miles section, which would bring the line to within 12 miles of Ohlnematu, aud to open the Okohlrltl block of 430,000 aoces m the vlolnity for free selection, with the view of enabling men employed In the construction of the line to settle on the land after tne completion of the ratify. Aotive whipping (s goiug on m autici pavtou of the division ou ihe Property Tax debate. The Ministerial Party cow olalm an absolute majority of five In favor of the Property Tax, and twelve it the question beoome oae of no-confidence. In is ramored that Sir George Grey, dUpleased wivh the selection of the lender of (he opposition, has seceded from the party, and wiiia> hitherto aot as a free ianoe m the Huoeu. Ie is also slated that Mts»r« L*uc aud Wilk o r are both diasatibfiud with iLe action of the opposition lv pasaiug th«m over, and that both *t» very naif Uenitdd. It is ouly tair to say that Mr Lance denies this tor hlmseif, and th«r« may be a limit of truth m ihs rumor as afitott Sir G. Grey and Mr Walker. Mr Ballanoe denies having any intention of throwing do w a uu amendment on the propel ty tax i» a hostile attitude, ana claims only to desire thus to afford an opportunity of foil discussion of the financial proposals of the Government, A meuttug of ouuatry members this morning determined to take steps to get their oialm for Increased quota finally dealt with before the finanolal debate comes on, recognising m a probable want of confidence motion possibilities of a dissolution, under which they would have to go to the country on the present electoral basil. Their organisation inolades members representing all but the four chief towns, and numbers about two thirds of the whole House. They thorefore hope If their party holds together to compel Government to aooede to their proposals at once, that is before the financial debate oommeooes. Had country members been m a minority, Government m view of the possibilities of a dissolution would, no doubt, be dislnolined to aooede to their demands. A deputation re Labor Settlements waited on the frontier thia morning and asked Government to renew the proposals of last session for acquisition of land for labor settlements The Premier promised to lay the matter before the Cabinet.

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 2 July 1889

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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 2 July 1889