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The just-formed Dunedin and Suburban branch of the New Zealand Political Reform League assumed fomi at a public meeting held in the Early Hall Inst night to receive the report of the provisional committee set up at a rceont meeting. Mr W. R. Brugli presided over the meeting, and with him on the platform were Messrs W. D. Stew-art. 11. Scott, and J. M. Dickson, .UP.s, (..'. K Statham, G. M. Thomson, John Maetlregor, and T. 11. Balton.

The report of the provisional committee set up at the pievious meeting recommended tlie k'lio'.ving executive officers: President, Mr W. K. Brugh ; vice-presi-dents —Mr G. P.. Piitcfiie (Dunedin North). Mr L. G. Newton (.Dime-din South), Mr T. Seiitt (Dunedin West), Mr Maw ; -:[;>i (Port Chalmers), and Mr Ingiis (M<>sgi-.-;.-. Ksecutive committee—Dunedin Snub, Messis A. M'Neill, T. Fleming. C. Johnson, and W. H. Palmer; Dunedin Central, Messrs D. Simpson. L. Miller.' I). Can-, and R. F. Algi-.': Dunedin West, Mer-srs P.. T. Stewart. W. Wilkinson, J. Connor, and H. K. Wilkinson; Dunedin North, Messrs A. M'Millan, W. Guthrie, K. Rosevear, and W. G. Lumley : Port Chalmers, Messrs Keys, lieniTee, riatts. and (.'. V,. €!eorge.

The Chairman moved formallv that reroinmendatioiic. be ratified.' Mr W. Gow seconded, and there was uiuiuimoT,; sgreei)i---nt. "' On the inctirm of Mr T. Snmerville. it was agreed to roinmniend to the executive that they set up a ladies' committee. The Chairman invited Mr C. K. Statham to speak, remarking that .Dunedin Central seat had been the most talked of situation since the election.

Mr Statham. in beginning a short address, said that one of the most frequent questions asked him in his recent campaign was "Why aren't you on ihe other side?" And his reply was this: that he would rather he out of polites than on the other'side. But for tho fact that a Government strung and honest were in power this country would never in the present crisis have commanded the confidence of the British invostorfi, as bad proved the case. The Government had often been called reactionary, but the promises carried out showed that the Government were progressive in the truest sense, Mr Statham proceeded lo recount the measures undertaken by Mr Massey's party, and announced as their motto equal privileges and opportunities for all. Ho believed that the present Government were a- good, honest, and etvaightfovward Government, and if ever such a Government were needed it was at a period like this. His remarks were greeted with applause. ilr R. Scott, M.P., also spoke briefly, and announced that he would be glad later to address the branch on organisation, which was the beginning and end of political success. He also emphasised the need for a branch of the league in every electorate.

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POLITICAL REFORM, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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POLITICAL REFORM Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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