THE VACANT PORTFOLIO
I ]X T[TE MELTING POT. NO IMMEDIATE SELECTION LIKELY. [From Our Spfcial CoßursroxDEM3.] WELLINGTON. January 6. It is understood that the Hon. F. M. H, Fisher will send in his resignation to His Excellency the Governor on the latter's arrival in Wellington to-morrow. The question as lo which member of the party shall succeed the .Minister of Customs is one of very considerable interest. The general rule is that the position goes, almost as a matter of right, to the senior Government Whip, who in this case is Mr I). H. Gulhfie, the re-elected member for Oroua. The name of Mr K. Newman, member for Eangitilvoi. has also boon mentioned as a candidate for the portfolio. Both members have done valuable service for the party. It is riot considered likely that the vacancy will he Jilled until I In, present condition of political chaos has been restored to order (which may be a month or two yet), and until the parly as a whole have been consulted. If political readjustment leaves the Government with a majority, the new Minister will probably take the portfolios of Education and Agriculture, thus relieving both the Prime Minister and the Hon. James Allen of responsibilities which have all along been exceedingly burdensome. A meeting of Cabinet will ■he held to-morrow morning, and these questions will come up for consideration, hut it is not likely, in view of the present polities! situation, that any definite action will bo then taken.
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THE VACANT PORTFOLIO, Evening Star, Issue 15693, 6 January 1915