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Deaths, resignations,' .and * leaveV-I§' ■_ absence have," together, red,uced,j the^ number* j^f^the flipper Chamber, which, striding off the names of those who-Have joined the "great majority" since last session, and of tthhseKyilio/W excused from attendance, now stands at thirty-nine—th^e Bnl(illest muster rol or many years. Eyen now, however, the totalnffmbCT isjstill iwo^in*exq£s| of that which'has;b^n^iacitly'agreea on as nbrmal[|utu^[strs^ifjof)fihe . Council, viz., jthirtyr^e^bi^cOae-Half the number: of ithe^reduced'Hbtiae of Re^resehtatives.i TRete' will/ /there- \ fore, be no vacancy until at least three more members,make their, final, exit. In' ihe'nkture,oosf s .things^it' * "cjannpt, be long ere this position occurs, a^d^them .i,t will" be time, enojgfc* for; ithe;. G?ovennent' Ito ,4tonk Xos. 'making a'-;fr«&h( fcally o> cjftlls, as the lease may require, and until then let |them possess (their £oub* sin« patience. •But there are are indications .that there is a disposition! in iMinis^iial Quarters to break through' the tacit^understo^d^ ing towhicii \\u have preferred,*and to j go in for the creation'of quite a batch of now "Lords." Indeed, ■ we have reason to beiieye.that very considerable pressure is being brought'to bear upon ■ the Government in this direction, and Ministerial journals have latterly beetas giving some very broad hints as to the \perßonnel of the contemplated addition to the nominated House.. ; More, than | 'thaV^Sir John Hall, who plays the heavy father in .the. Ministerial comedy, himself let the cat out of the bagf-oir the occasion of his first speech this session, when supporting thev.yaledic- ■ tory compliment passed by the* House . to the late Clerk of Parliament,. Major Campbell. It may therefore be taken for granted, we think, that' either during the session or immediately, after it Ministers will add M.L.G. to the names 1 of a number, of their friends unless restrained ;■ by somej ( diitinct expression of opinion to the contrary on the part of the. House.- Any su^hf intention; om the :part: oftheObverfa-.*.. ment should, in our opinion, be strongly^ protested agiiinst, and one of thefi^t*.' things which ought to b6 done by thp*^^; who would'prevent such" an " abuse' of power, is to invite the House ,to inake^ known what are its views on this matter.- If, that= be.dono we hji,y6 09 fear as to the result.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2449, 24 June 1890