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AN UNEXPECTED DEVELOPMENT. SITTING ON THE COUNTRY PARTY. [From Oub Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, Jolt 10. An unexpected ehufiie of the cards has taken place over the Representation Bill, and more votes will now be recorded in favor of the second reading than even its most sanguine supporters anticipated. Many of the town members who had openly expressed their intention i f resisting the proposed alteration in regard to the system of electing representatives now recognise Uiai u inuy ugwuot the Bill they will be at the mercy of their country cousins on the “quota” question, and therefore, in preference to giving the latter a special allowance of 33£ per cent., which they hungrily clamor for, will cast their votes for the Government measure.

Mr Scobia Mackenzie is understood to have prepared a strong speech in favor of the Hare system, and Mr Allen is also likely to speak to night, explaining that, asi town member in the position of giving a qualified support to the principle sought to be introduced, he is forced to vote in favor of the Bill. This will be the line generally adopted by the city members, who have no great love for the Hare form of voting. One or two town members will, however, rote against it in the deluded hope of being able to reverse the reduction of members vote. Tho division now premises to be a close and exciting one, and the debate, which will be resumed this evening, may extend over another day.

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THE REPRESENTATION BILL., Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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THE REPRESENTATION BILL. Issue 7955, 10 July 1889

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