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Mr Joseph Ivess addressed the electors of Wakanui at the Schoolhouse at that place last evening. There was a good attendance, Mr James Brown being voted to the chair. About 60 electors were present. The Chairman having briefly introduced the speaker to the meeting, Mr Ivess, who was received with applause, spoke for nearly two hours, his speech being little more than a recapitulation of views previously expressed at Bakaia, Ashburton and elsewhere. Thus the Hall Government, Constitution of the Upper House, Class Legislation, the Native Difficulty coupled with the “ sugar ancLblanket policy” (condemned in toto by Mrivesa), the Land Laws of the colony and the, large land-holders, the Education question. Local Government, Chinese Immigration, Government Pensions, the Licensing Act, Law Reform, the Ten per . Cent. Reductions, and Mr Wason, were all passed in review by the speaker, and as Mr Ivess’ opinions on the whole of these questions have been already fully made-known we shall not tire the reader by repeating them. _ Adverting to the coming elections, Mr Ivess deprecated the introduction of what he termed the “religious cry” into the contest. He held it was unjustifiable. There was a weed in every field, and a black every flock, and they had a black sheep in Ashburton. A letter had appeared in a certain paper in connection with this election, and the writer of that letter he knew well. He was there without hypocrisy to seek their confidence. He had been 13 years in the colony, and he would ask those who said these things of him to meet him on the day of the poll at Ashburton and then substantiate their evil whisperings. Mr Ivess sat down amidst loud applause. In reply to questions—He condemned the present railway tariff, for he held that the railways were the property of the people. The passenger rates on the IN ew Zealand railways were exorbitant, as well as:the goods tariff. In Victoria passengers were conveyed by rail at rates 25 per cent, lower than those obtaining in this colony. The greater the facilities offered to farmers for the carrying of their produce the better for their country. The Gaming and Lotteries Bill he considered a most pernicious and obstructive measure. People would never be made moral or religious by Act of Parliament. The Act, ho felt assured, would never work, and one of his first steps, if returned, would be to endeavor to bring about its repeal. He would not favor State aid to denominational schools. He would not be in favor of any more assisted immigration from the Old Country at present. Those now in the colcny had the first claim upon it for assistance and support. He admitted that the Hall Government were entitled to credit for stopping the stream of assisted immigration from Home, and also for finding work for the unemployed. In reply to a question as to whether he did not think the Grey Government had contributed a great deal more to the “ sugar and blanket policy ” than the Hall Government, Mr Ivess - said doubtless Mr Sheehan had done much to favor that policy, and that during his (Mr Ivess’) visit to the Waikato he had seen enough of Mr Sheehan’s policy to disgust him with it. He favored direct steam communication with the Old Country. He considered that the colony possessed an, over-grown civil service, and that some judicious weeding out would be advisable. He would not favor the reduction of salaries to a miserable pittance, but rather the weeding out of the incapables, and the retention of the men who could and would work. He was in favor of honorariums. In his opinion the colony ought to be prepared to pay for the services of men who went to Wellington in the public interest. If the honorariums were abolished .wealthy men would monopolise Parliamentary honors, and the poor man be left out in the cold. Were the Legislative Council to become an elective body, he would not favor the payment to its members of any honorarium, for in their case it was different. He would not. wish to see party processions abolished, because he believed in the liberty of the subject to the fullest possible extent. Party processions were not likely to bo productive of evil so long as they were not interfered with. With regard to the removal of the seat of Government from Wellington, he was of opinion that such a removal would be objectionable on account of the heavy expenditure it would involve. At the same time, if any change of the kind were made, Christchurch would be the proper place to become the seat of Government, and it was not unlikely that he would support such a proposal. He would certainly approve of the appointment of a Minister of Agriculture. With regard to taxation, he was opposed to a property tax, and favored a progressive land tax, and also an income tax. He thought Judges should be appointed as at present, and he would not be in favor of their appointment by the people, but Justices of the Peace might with advantage be so elected. The LSOO exemption was too large, and might be altered to L3OO. He was wholly opposed to selling or disposing of in any way the New Zealand railways, and would use his best efforts, if returned, to conserve the control of the railways to the people. He did not approve at present of any further loan. The present debt of the colony was L 30,000,00 L3O a-head for each member of the population—and he thought the country was not capable at present of bearing the strain of a new loan. In reply as to whether he would favor the construction of a branch line of railway from Bakaia to Wakanui or Longbeach, Mr Ivess said he would favor the construction of any line that would be self-sup-porting, and no better district existed than this for the construction of railways. He thought that the Board of Education election should be decided by the votes of the ratepayers at large. He ‘approved of Triennial Parliaments, and would not favor disturbing the Act as it at present stood. Mr D. Wilson proposed that a very hearty vote of thanks be accorded the candidate. This was seconded by Mr Leadley.

Mr Kilgour moved as an amendment * —“That the words, * and confidence 5 be added.” Seconded by Mr Simpson. ' Mr Leadley thought that to propose anything more than thanks would be premature then. They had not yet heard the views of the third candidate for their . suffrages. Let them wait until Friday evening, r; The amendment was put first and lost, 9 voting for the amendment, and 15 for the resolution. The resolution was therefore declared carried. Mr Ivess, in thanking them for the vote of thanks, remarked that this was the first occasion during his campaign that he had failed to receive a vote of confidence; still, he felt none the less obliged to ! them. He would be glad if some of those present would form themselves into a Committee to secure his return, as had been done in other centres at which he had spoken. We believe the suggestion was not taken up. The meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks to the chairman.

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MR J. IVESS AT WAKANUI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 2 November 1881

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MR J. IVESS AT WAKANUI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 2 November 1881

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