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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION

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WBLLINOTON, J'lly 80, Sir G. Grey has given notice thkt wb*o the Representation BlUa In Committee ha will move the following amendments : — That no eleofcor shall after thY passing of this Aot vote In respect of more than one electorate at any eloofclon of members of the Hods 3 of Representatives " ; '•That the Representation Act Amendment Act, 1887, Is hereby repealed and the provistons of the Representation Act, 1881, which ware repealed by tha R (p^esenta* Won Acts Amen 'trtent Act, 1887, aire hereby re -enacted 'j J| That ■dissolution of the General Assembly shall take p'a<n on ob before the — — d»y ofAognst next." Aa, wlthoat explanation, the above may be rather oonfoslog It le necessary to explain that the II presentation Aot, 1887, was pasied id the first session 7 of that year, providing for tho appointment of a permanent commission for the adjustment of representation, and the manner m whlbh after each o-nsas the Oo'.ony was to be divldod.. lnto : eleotorates, the number of membflrs being 91i with a nominal addition of lß per osnt to be mado to the n amber of the population m (1) ro»d districts, town dlatrlots, and outlying districts ■eVepallj>;lrlthla every ridlog of aooanty, la caees whero any road dfstrlot exists In saoh riding; (2) 1q ridings of ooanties In bases where no road dlstrlots exist In .^uoh ridings ; (3) m the counties of Ka^hla, West Taupo, E«st Taapoi Sonndsj Fiord, and Stewart liland; and (4) In ■!! bprbnghs hot exceeding two thousand inhabltanti. Tas Ao% reduolnsr the number of members to seven*y-'our, Including four Miori representatlvag, was passed In the eeoond session of 1887. Sir George Grey's propoßftl appears to find favor In the House, and will In all probability bo agreed to, with the exo^pof the clause relating to a dfesolutloo, although maoy believe, as prevloasly a'ated, that mns't ba the end of ih> struggle. These amendments have been the topic of conversation to-day. - The opinion prevails that if the Bill Is agreed to m the Lower House, It will be thrown out by the Oonnol!. ' . ■ -.

Various wild schemes see mooted as the probable outcome of tho present desd'ookOne suggestion npon vrhloh the palee o! members Is being f«lt Is that the period of the present P«rllament shoal 1 be extended from the three years for which It was elected, to five yetrs. JUJala, I*, appears could be done by speofei legislation, but the amount of sappprt aooorded to the proposal does not appeal to have been large. Mr Allen who etartacl' at 10. 30 ».m, spoke till one, when the House adjourned for lunoh, resuming at 2 30, Mr Taylor then went on tllbS 45. Mr Blake »ay the next speaker, and was followed by Mr Loaghrey who spoke till the House Adjourned at 5.30 for dlnnotii .

WsujNaTON, July 3V 11.10 a.m. ; Mr.R. Beeves spoke from 7 30 ro 10 30 last night, when the House rose till 10.30 th'B m trniDg. The oonntry porty issued a manifesto last night w ibh !h*y handed to thePrtße! Association to inuke publ'p ■ I find that i he real objection to thatpart of Sir G. Grey's amendment to the Representation Bill, which provides for the dissolution of Parliament ia that the matter lies entirely" wltMh the prerogative of th<j Governor: On that ground there is a general feeling that It is quite put of place to incorporate enoha bropoßal m the Bill. - ; The city members wre willing to go to a division at 10 30 hit evening, provided ; Government agreed to at once adjourn till 23Q to-day. Tha Premier r^fUße4 to;. agree to this, probably wishing , to ''make progress "on the Bill m Committee, and the debate will therefore \ proceed for several hours yet, Probably j the House will go to a division this afternoon.

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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889

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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889

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