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POLITICAL NOTES.

SFrom Our Correspondent.] WELLINGTON, July 11. CHAIRMANSHIP OF COMMITTEES.

Thai; the unexpected happens in. politics was once more demonstrated in connection with the election for the chairmanship of committee in the Legislative-Council. The Government nominee, thfe Hon W. C. Smith, was distasteful to a large section of the Chamber, and to ensure Jiis defeat it was determined to make the selection by ballot, under the rules drawn up in October, 1897 for the first election of Speaker. The modus operandi is peculiar. At the first ballot Councillors must exercise ' their votes for three candidates, and the names of the three gentlemen securing the highest support are submitted to a second ballot. Those who came out on top at the first time of asking were the Hon Captain Baillie (17), the Hon J. Kigg (13), and tihe Hon W. C. Smith (13). The second ballot proved fatal to tie last-named, Captain Baillie again heading the poll with 25 votes, and Mr Rigg coming next wiith 17. The objectionable element being thus disposed of Captain Baillie (wiho is in Ms seventy-fourth year, ,<ind suffers from defective eyesight and hearing), took the floor with the intention of withdrawing ibis name, an understanding to that effect having been previously arrived at, but the Speaker thinking the honourable gentleman was intent on prematurely returning thanks for\bis election without the final ballot taking place declined to hear him. Thereupon the Hon J. Rigg, who had mot solicited the position, and had only consented to being put forward in. order to keep Mr Smith out, asked his friends to vote for the late Chairman, and' Captain Baillie was once more chosen the Council's Chairman. CHAIRMEN OP .COMMITTEES. Me Houston has been re-elected chairman of the Native Affairs Committee, Mr R. , M'Kenzie chairman of the Railways Committee, Mr Graham of Local Bills, and Mr Symos of A to L Petitions. THE ELECTIVE EXECUTIVE. The supporters of the Elective Executive Bill are sanguine of being able to carrythat measure through this session. TJbey take considerable heart of grace from the cordial support which was accorded tihe Referendum Bill. THE OPPOSITION. A meeting of the Opposition was held this forenoon. The greatest secrecy is preserved, those present saying that they were strictly enjoined not to disclose anything. They say, curiously enough, that it had nothing to do with, proceedings in the House. vA suspicion is entertained that some unexpected 1 move will be proposed at an early date.

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POLITICAL NOTES., Star, Issue 7147, 11 July 1901

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POLITICAL NOTES. Star, Issue 7147, 11 July 1901

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