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[From Ol'u Parliamentary Reporter.]

WELLINGTON, June IS. Order of Business.

Ministers have been in Cabinet all the morning deciding on the course of business. It is understood that the House will sit on Friday for the purpose of discussing the Addrcsa-in-Reply, and should the debate thereon be disposed of at one sitting the Financial Statement will be made on Tuesday. It is not yet decided who shall move the Address-in-Reply, but in the event of Mr E. W. Humphreys being elected for Christchurch North to-morrow he will probably be invited to undertake the task. Personally, the Premier looks on the debate on the Governor's Speech as an absolute waste of time, its only object being to enable an attack to be made on the Government, and Sir Harry points out that this course is always open to the Opposition by giving notice of a hostile motion early in the session. The Electoral Bill will be taken in hand, but the Government do not seem at all sanguine of carrying their proposals for the Hare system. Kather Improbable. In political circles here the impression is that Mr Fisher, cx-Ministcr of Education, will make a bold bid for tho Leadership of the Opposition. It 13, however, unlikely that ho will prove acceptable to the Lance-cum-Ballanco section. A NcinoraiKluiiiiail. The correspondence which passed between Mr Fisher and the Premier, culminating in tho former's resignation, is in the hands of the printer, and will be laid on the tablo of the Houso. I understand that tho reason that it was not made public, as promised by tho Premier when Mr Fisher ceased to be a member of the Ministry, was that the Acting-Govornor did not think it right to be publisncd till the whole correspondence had closed. On dit that some of Mr Fisher's communications are decidedly personal and bitter, and in one commiuui/ue he ventures to express the opinion that the Cabinet consists of the Premier, Mr Fergus, and Mr Hislop, his other late colleagues being mere dummies or puppets.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7936, 18 June 1889

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