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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION.

(KttOM OOtt OWN CORRItSPONIBJT 1

"WjELUISGION, AcgU-tl. 0 Jri'-ldoTatlon ef the Representation Sill -■*■_ h'n r _urn-?d Mf-s.rs Taylor »nd Kerr, oapported Sir G. Gr-'y'a amendnen' Me s" Thomson, B.xrron, Go'dle, *nd O'Oo :iiJi ui^ed iba r . tha amendments •h>nii b-_ separated aa thoio p'eigel to th: r due lon ot" tho number of m9mb9r3 »ood-h'V3 to vote agaiasS tho other '.lans-i 1•• the anaaadmsnta Me B-Uance v>p3d Qjvarnment woull glv;s tho House *.n opportc Ity of voting on t" c qu tt en of o-'uetfon ot membjrs trre-ptotive cf om--tld.or„t;ons_ jtayolyln* their defeat. Mr Efralop s»d 'Oyvlimmin."-"'-^*^^'*^' .mo vi oaentß as vital to the p*lno'pl. of the Bill. Dr Fltchett he', the q jo.' ion of quota and the reduction of the nambeß of raosabe-s ah mid bo couiidered separately. Mr A'.l.n w.^n'.d r^s'.t any attempt to go back to nlnaty-or.e members Mr D >wnle Stewart would .dhore to tho vV.obo gave In 1887. Messrs O'Oonnor, Brace una T. McKetz'. also apokr, .The ho'-so rose at 1 pin, for the luncheon acj arnment. After au experiecco of clx years I tm free to c^nfeßJ ihat to-diy'a proceedings In the H >use. were the mast dreary I ever witnessed. Ih'e' Home mat' at 10.33 , and after adj mining at one o'olook for an hour and a half for lunch .resumed at 2 30. The speeches hava eyerj" appearance of being real stVhowill BpeeoVes. aad made with tha evident ln^eht'oa.c f blocking the Bill; The only d ffarenceln the posltloh Is that the question be'ng partly that of reducing - the number of member-, the oountry party n.e assisting the oity members to kill tha B 11 by being drawn Into tbe wordy afc'ugje'e on the question raised by Sir G, Grey's amendment. It must bs ooncedßd that a "arge msj Miy of the Country party are favorable to a return to tho old nujabar-of members. On tb?i question It was not altogether clear what position Government would take 'up, but tbey oould hirdly take-up aay other poiltlou than to regard any proposal to return to" the o'd number of msmberis as an hostile propoail. 3. This view wqb borne out m the House tbia . =«f tcrncon by the Colonial Seoretary, who afi.r he h'a'i bean badgered by 'several m ambers en the point at last dec'ar-pdt , tbat Government had ma. c tho reduction of members part of thoir policy, and any revefaal of that decision by the Bouse mUßfc to followed by the usual'circumstances, that is tbe resign tf lon of "the Ob bine'. It will thus be soon' that" wo have ie really a no*o6nfidepo9 motion before the House, and if lobby gossip ib to be relied on there was come ohanoe its beiog carried, until. Govern* ment announced what their position w J- 1 d be, Whentbat was done', it completely altered the position of many who wero favorable to revetting to tha old number of member?,- but, .-were .'not willing to jra"; the Government out of offioe. An attempt to hold another conference between town aud country part ie 1 " with a view, to the aetUemwt of the quota question waa made this a'ternoon, but nothing Came o£ it, ".; ' ' ■ .; : i', ' WELI.INGTON. AhgUsfc 2, There was quite a wrangle last night over the qaeatlon that the chairmin leave the oha'r '111 11 to-day. When this yri. proposed Mr Sooble MoKenzle oon tended that the committee had no powal to adjourn from day: to day and waa supported ,'n thet view by Messrs DoTfnlc Bte*art> Flofce-, B»llsncei* Fish and othere. Others however oontend that yesterday waa still Wednesday week m a parllamertirv sonee, there having beeu no adjournment of tbe House for the last eight daya and ho sitting not having been opened by the Speaker with prayers sluoa the day the galleries were oleared. Mr Hamlin ruled that he oould leave the chair without roportlog progress and said it was usual for bim to leve the chair with the-con-sent of the House for half ani hour snpper adjournment any ni^bt, and If ha could leave for half an hour he oonld also leave for an hour, two houre, or a day. Several divisions were t<kon wh'ch upheld lbs position taken up by the chairman aud smldßt great oohfudou it wa_ resolved on "tbe voices that the chairman leave tio obalr till 11 this morning. It Is probable the question will again be raised to-day. 11 am. The House thla morning Simply met, and on the motion of the Premier adjourned till 2.30, m order to give th 3 managers from each tide another opportunity lo arrive at a compromise. Dr Newman will represent the o'ty party and [ Oaptaln Bussell, the country party. 'It is ! understood tbat the parties will likely 1 colva the difficulty by fixing the quota at 28 per cent, on the basis of the Aot of 1887, with a reduction of the margin allowed to tbe Be'listributlon CoaataisBion^rs from 750 to 500,

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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2189, 2 August 1889

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