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(PER PKE3B A88O0IATIO1T.) Bawera, January 28 Sir H. Atkinson addressed hla con atituenta at Hawera this evening. There was a large attendance. The Premier commenced with a retroßpeot by referring to the defeat of the late Government In the country at the reoent election, and the advent of the present Government, whioh be said took offioa under conditions co extraordinary that no man would have submitted to thorn were it not for the extraordinary olroumstnnoea existing et the time. He recapitulated the proposals of Government to eqaallae revenue and expenditure, olalmlng oredlt for having rednoed the Estimates by £230,000. Revenue was necessary to make up the deficit after all redactions of ezpenditare, and he defended the tariff imposition so as to make up the yet remaining defiolenolesv There sraa no question of Fre9trade or Protection at leave m a proposal to raise the duties from 15 to 25 per oent. The Government and a msj mty of the House had to consider how the necessary revenue O3?!d be raised irrespective of abstraot theories. The equalisation of revenue and expenditure was not sufficient to put the ootsntry on its legs, Government favored modified immigration, but the House did not agree to it. Government had deolded to give paople a choice of tenure as * means of Icduolng persons to take up land, and the Land Aot had worked very well. Flgurei showed thstt the leasehold tenure was moat favored. The village homestead settlements bad been auooeaeful where land was good, and settlers were not put too cloae together, and ooqld get employment ; bat m other oases the settlement had no\ been a great success, and Government had to consider what should be done m such o»ees. Referring to the rejection of the vote of £10.000 for purchasing private Undo for settlement purposes, he said another proposal In the same direction wouid possibly be mida next session. He thought it would be wise to make purchases to extend the Village Settlement scheme, and In aoine oases to give advances. He rsgretted the loss of the Fair Rent Bill md yet hoped some such measure would t>»es. He hoped, aud believed, the Midland B>llway' Company would eucQ9ssfully raise the required capital. If they did not, Government would have to oonslder what should be done. He desoribed the NatVe Land legislation of last session and aaid it would be neotgß.'uy to rntke provision for Government purchases of NfttM lands. He spoke at length of the Government Kail ways Aot and the appointment of Commissioners. The Agent-General found It impossible to get the ideal man at Home, or any man at all suitable for the posit 100, and Government were forced to look m the colony for the best available. Mr McKorrow from the w.»y m which be bad managed a large department, from his extensive general knowledge of the colony and its wants, his sympathy, with settlers, his firmness m opinion, yet suavity In saying " no " when " no " had to be said, w%s considered the most suitable. His appoint- ' ment followed ou v . the best tradition of i English management where the General Manager being acquainted with what the publio wanted had the power of representing to tbo export! and requiting from them the service whioh woqld be satisfactory to the publio. He jastlfied the appointments of Messrs Maxwell and Hannay as being those of men who m spite of oqtorles had managed the railways well. He declared that the new House must be eleoted with a. reduced number cf member*, Part of the general scheme relating to the ruleß of procedure would be brought forward next session and means taken to secure ooneideration for It. A BUI to amend the Hospital and Charitable Aid Aot would he hoped be circulated before the session A difficulty would be got rid of by making the cost of absolute paupers a oharge on the whole colony, Instead of these oases being thrown on counties and borough*, m tho hope that private benevolence would be received sufficient to meet other oases. Hospitals might be supported by the locality In whioh they were situated or as separate Institutions. The experiment might be tried of industrial farms on which paupers might become more or less self euppcrtlng. In regard to the Civil Service, proposals would be brought forward to limit the number of employees In eaoh department, and, If possible, make provision for retiring allowances by deduction of portion of the ula/y with a contribution from the oniony, Fhe present condition of the colony was hopafu.l, and there was every prospect >f good times, but the one fhing to be }»yed for was delivery from a •'boom," 'or it might do us more harm than the , ieprepglon had done, Government i avored tha promotion of land settlement , md were m sympathy wl>h the mining i ndustry which was m a hopeful sUto. "t was believed that the revenue and ex- i >endlture for the yesr would abDut talanoe, though it might not pay off any ] lebt, i

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2049, 29 January 1889

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THE PEEMIER AT HAWERA Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2049, 29 January 1889