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FEDERAL AFFAIRS.

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! THE TASMANIAN ELECTION.

I Sydney, March 28.

Mr. G. H. Reid received a telegram to-day from the Freetrade Association of Launceston, informing him that in the election for the seat of the late Mr. Piesse. Mr. H. R. Hartnell has receiv- ed 1,000 more votes than all the other candidates put together and that Sir E. N. Braddon and the Tasmanian division of the members of the House of Repre- sentatives congratulated the Leader of the Opposition on -bis triumphal vic- tory. Mr. Reid replied. "Thanks ! Hart nell's triumnh overshadows the inevi- table fate of the Barton Ministry."

Hobart, April 2.

Mr. W, C. Whitelaw has lodged a pe- tition against Mr. Hartnoll taking bis seat in the Federal House of Represen- tatives, on the ground that the election was invalid, through Mr. Hartnoll not signing his nomination paper.

- At the formal declaration of the Fede- ration to-day. Mr. Hartnoll was declar- ed, duly elected, no objection being

raised.

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