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« The eighth Parliament of New Zealand was opened by Commission at 2 o'olook this afternoon. The Commissioners consisted of Sir William Fitzherbert (Speaker of the Legislative Counoil), the Hon. F. Whitaker (Premier), and the Hon. Major I'iohardson, M.L.C. Punctually at the hour named, the Commissioners entered the Chamber of the "Lords, 1 ' where a fair number of both branohes of the Legislature were in attendance, the "faithful Commons" having been summoned thither The Clerk of the Counoil then read the Royal Commission authorising the opening of Parliament, after which Parliament was accordingly declared to be duly opened. The proclamation having beau read, the numbers of the Lower House returned to their own Chamber, where they ware eworn in. Altogether about 50 representatives responded to their names. Included among those present was Mr. W. H. Pilliet, the candidate for Stanmore. Hia name was called out by the Clerk among the rest, and he took the oath in company with the' Hon. Mr. Eolleston and Mr. White, member for Sydenham. No opposition of any kind was offered to this course of procedure, and when the ceremony was over, and Mr. Pilliet had resumed iiis seat, there was some slight cheering. After the whole of the members present had been duly sworn, the Hon. Major Atkinson rose to move that Sir G. M. O'Korke be elected Speaker of the House. The motion, wliiiih was received with cheers, was seconded by Mr. Maoandrew, and— after Mr. Leveatam had taken occasion to refer to the action of Sir G. M O'Ro ke, whom he accrsed of having ruthlessly trod under foot the standing orders of the House during the passage of the Eepreaentation Aot last year — it was carried amid no small display of enthusiasm. Major Atkinson then moved the adjournment of the House till a quarter to 2 o'clock to-morrow afternoon, which was agreed to.

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT., Evening Post, Volume XXIII, Issue 115, 18 May 1882

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. Evening Post, Volume XXIII, Issue 115, 18 May 1882