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(Per Press Association.) Gisborne, Sept. ,13.

Allan M'Donald, M.H.R., addressed his constituents on Friday night in the Masonic Hall. The Mayor presided. Mr. M'Donald reviewed the work of the session at considerable length. He regretted Government had dropped all'the native measures, but spoke in high terms of praise of his Honor Judge Fenton for pains he had taken and the assidifity he had shown in having really good measures for dealing with native lands. Had fudge Fenton's views been carried out Mr. M'Donald had no doubt but in a little while all land troubles and disputes along the East Coast would have ceased. He severely condemned the Land Sales Bill as introduced, and described the native policy of the Government as the worst yet enunciated. On the education question he wrs opposed to the present extravagant outlay incured by the countyy. He" believed that persons whq v?qv® able to pay for the education of the; icliildren should be competed to do so. He would support income

and property taxes, but was against taxing local industries. He condemned Government, especially the Attorney-General, Mr. Whitaker, for the proposed Representation Bill, and believed that the question of re-distribution of seats .'would have to be decided by a Commissioner appointed for the purpose. The Financial proposals of Major Atkinson were the best that could possibly be brought forward, as it was well known that local subsidies were to be abolished. After referring in flattering terms to the Premier and one or two members of Government, and dwelling on local matters, he concluded, and a unanimous vote of confidence was passed in Mr. M‘Donald as representative for the East Coast.

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OUT OF SESSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 152, 14 September 1880

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OUT OF SESSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 152, 14 September 1880

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