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The exodus of members has set in. By the express to-day the Hons. Oliver and Reynolds and Messrs Allen, Gilfedder, and J. W. Kelly were passengers. Messrs Oi'obie Mackenzie, Morrison, Millar, and the Hon. D. Pinkerton leave Dunedin tomorrow.

As the only new member of the House, Mr Chas. Wilson (Wellington Suburbs) has been chosen to move* the Address-in-Reply. Mr Gilfedder is spoken of as the seconder. The Hon. H. J. Miller and the Hon. S. Shrimski joined the train at Oamaru.

As it is five years since the Legislative Council Amendment Bill was passed, the time has come round for the election of a Speaker of the Upper House. The Hon. H. J. Miller will again be a candidate for the position, and Dr Grace and the Hon. G. M'Lean's names are mentioned as opponents. Should there be a contest the probabilities are the retiring Speaker will be again selected.

The member for Awarua does not reach Wellington till Sunday. Government supporters are sanguine that Mr Ward cannot be prevented from taking his seat. They claim that, if the point is raised, Mr Speaker will rule that he can only take cognisance of the name on the writ, and that the other side have lost their opportunity by not lodging a petition within the statutory time. Should Mr Ward's eligibility to sit be maintained, it is on the cards that a short amending Bill will be passed so as to prevent a person who is a bankrupt from being elected in future.

A preliminary caucus of the Liberal party is likely to be convened for Monday.

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MEETING OF PARLIAMENT., Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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MEETING OF PARLIAMENT. Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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