.MR MUNRO’S SUPPORTERS MEET. Fully 200 people attended a preliminary meeting held in the Trades Hall last night in connection with Mr J. W. Munro’s candidature for ths Central bye-election, Mr J. Haymes, president of the Dunedin Political Representation Committee, occupied the chair, and there were present on the platform Messrs J. H. F. Hamel. ■]. Loudon, and J. J. Marlow, representing the local branch of the Liberal League, and Mr A. Walker, M. P. Apologies vlere received from the Hon. J. T. Paul, Mr T. K. Sidey, M.P., and Mr H. D. Bedford.
Short speeches having been delivered by the Chairman and the three representatives of the Liberal League, it was unanimously resolved:—“ That this meeting pledge themselves to do their utmost to secure the return of Mr J. W. Munro for the second time as the member for Dunedin Central, and for that purpose committees to be set up in various parts of the electorate.”
Mr Munro impressed on those present that the newspaper Press of the Dominion largely sought to dominate their politics. He pointed out what his election would mean to the present crisis, in which stupendous issues wore involved. The real questions to be determined were whether the democratic forces of the Dunedin Central electorate were to find expression through him, or whether the power of vested interests were to be represented by his opponent. They would be met in the coming contest with the assertion that the country must have, a stable Government during the course of the war. It was'essential for his supporters to get out amongst the electors and assure them of the solidity of the Liberal and Labor forces for the purpose of obtaining that stable Government. Personally, he was not the least disconcerted at the muddle on the part of a Government official as the result of which the byeelection was being held. The recent contest clearly demonstrated that the democratic forces of Dunedin Central were thoroughly awake. It now remained for them to put the issue beyond all doubt by working for a solid majority, which he was hopeful of obtaining. The meeting resolved into a number of committees.
It is expected that some 35 Dunedin men in the Trcntham ramp will be en-
titled to absent voters’ permits. Enrolment is to close at 6 o’clock this evening. Mr Maxwell, the returning ■officer, will be, in attendance at his office till that hour for this purpose.
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DUNEDIN CENTRAL, Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915