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STATE POLITICS

COUNTRY PARTY'S

SURPRISE

MR. LIND NEW DEPUTY

LEADER

MR. OLD DISPLACED BY

PRE-SE5SION VOTE

î Two important and unexpected changes in the executive ; ranks of the United Country Parliamentary party f were made yesterday at the party's pre-sessional

? meeting.

I The Minister for Lands and Forests (Mr. Lind) was ii elected to succeed the Minister for Water Supply I (Mr. Old) as deputy leader, and Mr. Martin (Gun i bower) to succeed Mr. Allnutt (Mildura) as party i i whip.

EMr Linds appointment as deputy

leader of the U C P means that he w 111 automatlcallj become Deputy Premier and will act as Premier when Mr Dunstan is absent from Victor a Mr Dunstan vras re elected leader oi the party w ithout opposition as was expected

It vtas stated after the party meeting that Mr Lind s defeat of Mr Old had no significance politically Undoubtedly

though Mr Lind s advance in Ministerini rank will consolldite the position of the Premier and of the ccntial council of the United Country party in their opposition to the party s participation in composite »r Ministries Mr Lind was defeated by Mi

| Old last jcar in the billot for the deputj 1 leadership of the partj bv one vote

¡5 Mr Martin s appointment as Whip w is is it Is believed due largely to the paitici 1 patton of members of the Legislative Coun p eil In the ballot Mr Martin is regarded íf in Parliamentary circles as a leader of |"s the partj s right wing There were foui

4 candidates for the position yesterday Mr S Moncur was re elected secrctaiy of the i partj and was reappolnted with Mi $ Dlllej to represent the UOP on the Pir ^ llamentnry public Works Committee

Mr. LIND.

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