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[From Onit Parliamentary Reporter.]

WELLINGTON, Skitemher 27.

Proportional Itcprc-cnt.if ion.

The Preferential \ otmg and Proportional Representation Bill of Mr O IL-i-an P a similar measure to that introduced by him on previous occasions. It proposes to divide the colony into fourteen electorates, each returning five members. The quota necessary to return each member will be determined - <tlv:, ‘ing the number of voces cast by the number of vacancies to be filled. Advocates or tl:e measure have gained encouragement Irom the success attained by an experiment aj the last, election iu Tasmania, when the system was tried at Hohart and Launceston.

Reorganising the Volunteers. . ■^ e Commandant of the Forces is encaged m preparing a scheme for the reorganisation of the volunteer force, which will shortly be htid before the Cabinet. Meantime the Government will not accept the services of any new corps. The Referendum, The nature of the referendum proposals for dealing with deadlocks between the two branches of the Legislature cannot yet be known, but it is expected that Ministers will offer a solution of a difficulty which everywhere confronts bicameral legislation.

The Cyanide Process. It is said to be the intention of the Government to allow the use of the cyanide process on the goldfields, and to make a small charge for the privilege, based on a sliding scale, according to the value of the ore treated When all expenses have been recouped, the process will be free to all who are engaged in gold mining in the colony.

Tlic Ron. .1. G. Ward. In the absence of the member for Awarua, some of the Left Wing who had expressed an intention of remaining away from tomorrow’s caucus may now put in an appear-

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 10430, 27 September 1897

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