The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Praevalebit. THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1881. The Chinese Grievance.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5.30 p.m.]
Our Southern friends have taken the initiative in thegrievance existing against those holding the reins of Government for permitting an unlimited influx of undesirable colonists into the country. That John Chinaman is an undesirable colonist, we have before plainly demonstrated, in fact the whole press of the colony has been unanimous in its advocacy of inflicting a tax which would materially tend to check the existence of a state of affairs similar to those in some portions of Australia at the present moment, AVe have before us the American experiences in this respect, as a precedent, and we now see the Australian colonies rapidly approaching a similar miserable status, yet, in the face of these warnings, the Ministry betray an apathy that were it affecting anything not of vital importance, would be not a little refreshing, considering the manner in which these gentlemen’s duties were during last session delegated to Royal Commissions, so energetic are they in all matters affecting the weal of the State. The representations made by the Riverton people will, we feel certain, meet with universal concurrence throughout the colony, and this alone should be sufficient to awaken the Government to a sense of their duties. The influx of Chinese is daily assuming more alarming propodAp. From every port in the countiwwe hear of batches landing daily. ' . ..Parliament is now in session, and though no real business will take place for some days, if the Government are not totally blind or indifferent to their own interests and to the interests of the colony at large, they will devote to a repressive measure in this direction their first attention. No Royal Commission is needed to investigate, but merely direct and immediate legislation on the subject.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Praevalebit. THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1881. The Chinese Grievance.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 366, 9 June 1881