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The absentees from yesterday's Opposition Caucus were Messrs Buddo and M'Callum. (Liberal) and Walker and Munro (Labor). Apologies were received in each case, the writers expressing themselves in entire accord with any action the partv might take. In reply to_ a question 'as to what policy the Opposition would pursue. Sir Joseph said he was not prepared at the present time to make a statement on the subject. All he eould sav was that the partv were absolutely united and perfectly unanimous m their support. , „. _ Final figures for Taumarunni j W. T. Jennings (O.) 4,012, C. K. Wilson (M.) 3,806, 11. Shortland (M.) 37. A recount has been asked for in the Bay of Islands election, where Mr Vernon Reid (M.) had a majority of 11L The Prime Minister, in tho course of an interview at Wellington yesterday, said : Tho present position may not be satisfactory to any one of tho parties concerned, but it is decidedly interesting. The Befomi party consist of a. solid 40 members. The other parties all put together make up the same- number. That is the position at present, but there are possibilities. There are B»veral electorate* where recounts are still eping on, and in some of thorn, judging by appearances, there will bo appeals to the courts by means of election petition*. Until the recounts and the election petitions are dealt with no man on earth can tell accurately what tie position will be. Aa soon aa the position of parties is ascertained the Government •will aofc la accordance with, their duties and responsibilities to the people of the Dominion, and there the matter must rest. The magisterial recount of tie votea cast in the Wellington Baet election confirms Dr Newman (G.) heading the poll, but with a slightly decreased majority.

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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THE POLITICAL SITUATION Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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