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POLITICAL REFORM LEAGUE

BRANCH FORMED IN DUNEDTN. Some 2CO supporters of tho Reform party in Parliament, several of whom vcro ladies, assembled in the Early Settlers' Hall last night for the purpose of forming a biancli of the New Zealand Political Reform League. Mr W. I'. Bnigb, who occupied the chair, said the meeting had been called as the result of an informal gathering of some ardent, supporters (if the Reform party in Parliament, held on Saturday last. It was decided at that meeting that, a further and larger meeting should be held. Known members of the Reform party had been invited, and presumably all those in attendance Belonged to that party. Ho supposed all present were, prepaicd to admit th.it tho Reform party was the best party io support among those striving for power in tiie present P,nlianwnt. (Applause.) Tho position I in politics was very peculiar at th: prcj sent time, and although this meeting had been called just «i week after the election, and within a week of Christmas, yet it was, perhaps, the wisest thing to do, beI cause they did not know when the next election 'would take place. If they wantcd to organiso for the next election they must commence to organise at once. (Applause.) He suggested that it would perhaps be advisable to go no further than tho appointment of a committee to go into various matters in connection with j the league, look into the rules and constitution that they would work under j and any suggestion;-) made later on. and report to a further meeting. He merely threw out these ideas as suggestions. The original intention was to provide for addresses, but many of those who would have done so were engaged at sehool prize-giving functions, and had apologised for their absence. Some of these gentlemen might perhaps he able to attend at a later stago of the meeting. He would not, however, guarantee that they would address the meeting, as the present gathering was more in the nature of a preliminary meeting. Ho did not claim to bo a ; politician, but personally he believed in the Reform party, and he considered it the one party to support at the present time. (Applause.) Mr Brugh announced that apologies had been received from a number of gentlemen who found it inconvenient to attend. Mr Moir moved that those present form themselves into a branch of tho New Zealand Political Reform League, to be called the Dunedin and Suburban Branch of the Now Zealand Political Reform League. This was seconded by Mr Bolton, and carried unanimously. Dr Moore raised the question as to whether there was not already a branch of the Reform League in Dunedin. Hon. John Macltrcgor, M.L.C., said that he could throw somo little light on this subject. A branch was formed some time ago, but it had never shown any signs of life. Tho reason was that an executive had been formed without any previous understanding. The conse- ' quonces wero that that executive never • met. He found himself a member of that j executive, and had taken the trouble to ' collect subscriptions from some 45 ladies | and gentlemen who were desirous of bo i coming members, but he regretted after- j wards having gone, to so much trouble, j The league never had a president or a | chairman. It was important that a I branch should now bo formed, because as j tho parties in the House now stood thoy j

might have the calamity of another election in the course of a few months. (Hear, heaf.) He warned them against the mistake of appointing a scratch executive. Everything depended on the personnel of that executive. Considerable discussion then ensued on the question of whether an executive should be appointed forthwith, and it was eventually decided to elect a provisional committee of 20, four from each of the Dunedin electorates and Chalmers. The following were elected :—Dunedin Central—Messrs Dickson, \V. Gow, C. W. Rattrav. and Carr;" Dunedin West— Messrs" W. R. Gordon, T. Scott, C. R. Smith, and H. K. Wilkinson; Dunedin North—Messrs F. Mitchell, H. Mitchell, E Rosevear, and W. Guthrie; Dunedin South—Messrs Newton, Poulter, M'Neilf, and (Palmer; Chalmers—Messrs F. 0. Bridgeman, W. Bull, Keys (Mosgie.l), and D. Mawson. On the motion of Mr H. K. Wilkinson Mr W. R. Brugh was appointed inteiim chairman and Mr Hutton interim secretary. It was decided that it be a suggestion to the executive (when elected) to fix the annual subscription at Is or more. The date of the next meeting was left to the committee to arrange, on theuntWstanding that it was to I e inkd not biter than the third Wednesday in January.

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POLITICAL REFORM LEAGUE, Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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POLITICAL REFORM LEAGUE Issue 15679, 18 December 1914

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