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AUCKLAND, November 19. Consideration of the request for constituting a separate conference for West Australia was continued this morning. The Rev. Mr Rowe stated the request in a speech of great force, and quoted statistics showing the rapid development of the church there. The Rev. Mr Haslem moved an amendment urging delay. An address supporting the proposal was presented by Mr Seltors. The Rev. Messrs Fitchctt, Watkin, Morley, Dr Brummitt, Mr Longford, aud others spoke against the proposal ; and the Rov. Messrs Stephenson, Newman, Comperthwaite, Caseley, Adamson, aud Rowe replied. The voting was as follows :—For the amendment 22, against 72 ; for the motion 79, against 14. The discussion was maiked by great ability. The debate was resumed on the request of West Australia for a separate Conference. Mr Hoslam moved an amendment remitting the matter to the South Australian Conference for further consideration ard lo the next General Conference. The voting was : For the amendment, 22; against, 72. For the motion, 79; against, 14. The general president was directed to preside at the first West Australian Conference in 1899.

The report of the Committee on Intercolonial Exchanges was brought up, lb was agreed that the name of the Rev. Mr Hanlon should be dropped, and decided that the Rev. Thomas Tony and the Rev. Mr Luxford should go to Queensland and the Rev. Mr Jeffries to South Australia. The Committee recommended that it was desirable on connexionable grounds that an exchange of one leading minister from New South Wales, Victoria, and New Zealand be made, but this was lost by a large majority. The Rev. Mr Haslam moved the exchange of the Rev. Mr Morley to New South Wales, the Rev. Mr Bickford to New Zealand, and the Rev. Mr Woolnough to Victoria. Lost by a large majority. The Rev. Mr Morley moved that the Rev. Mr Danks exchange to New South Wales. Agreed to. It was decided that the next Conference meet at Brisbane in 1901.

The Rev. Mr Fairclough moved that laymen who are members of the annual Conference during the triennium be eligible for election to the General Conference.—Carried. A proposal that New Zealand be constituted an independent Conference was lost by a decisive vo'.e. A supplementary report on the supernumerary fund was considered. The Conference adopted regulations making provision for- members entering the church consequent on Methodist union. It was decided that copies of the treasurer's report and balance-sheet be sent to all circuit stewards, also medical examination of candidates for the ministry according to the schedule suggested by a committee of medical gentlemen. The recommendation of the New Zealand Conference that ministers may return to circuits after three yeara' absence was lost. The Victoria Conference recommended that invitations to ministers be by open voting, and an absolute majority of a quarterly meeting should be necessary.—Carried. A resolution for the appointment of a committee to consider the question of a connexional fire insurance association was lost. It was decided to remit to the annual Conference the selection of representatives to th 3 Ecumenical Conference in London in 1901.

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THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE., Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement

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THE WESLEYAN METHODIST CONFERENCE. Issue 10476, 20 November 1897, Supplement

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