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MR FISHER'S RESIGNATION

(per press association.)

"Wellington, April 11* In the coarse of an Interview with Me Fisher that gentleman said that the general idea tbnt his resignation wai Drought about by a difference of opinion on the prcßeootloas under the Bser Duty Aot was scarcely oorreot. There were mooh more Beiloas disagreements than that. Ha was at variance with the Cabinet on suoh important queitlom as tho oompisleloa of the railway board and the pecnlar treatment of Mr Bee, the Eagllah expert ; the appointment of a suooessor to the late Me Justice Johnston; the behaviour of certain Ministers m the Gasparlni affilr ; the Te Kootl expedition; the pleasing of the Canterbury ram; the public exposition by the Premier of hii views on the question of land nationalisation and pauper farms, and the necessity of proposing a modification of the property tax. He differed too from the Premier upon nooalled-for and unnecessary expenditure on ooitly surveys connected with the proposed divergence of the North Island trunk line and the Stratford -Tar anak I ronte. That being the case he oould not concede toe Premier the right to eeleot a particular and muoh less momentous question, wherein no political principle at all was Involved, upon whioh to foroe his resignation, It was altogether a false Issue. With regard to the beer prosecutions the facts were that on returnIng from Viotortn la December last he was met by a telegram aßkfog him to stop prooaodings against a Wellington brewer. After making inquiries he f orebore to interfere and gave instructions that all the offeadera were to be prosecuted without fear or favor. Same cases were taken into Court where the hearing lasted a long time, and m the meantime the defendant, on whose behalf the telegram had been sent to him, throw himself on the mercy of the Customs Department In such oases it was quite customary to deal with them off hand, but he preferred to let his colleagues have a say m the matter and called a Cabinet meeting. Owing to the Premier's absence it could not be held till March 4th, the last day on which an information oould be laid, and so muoh discussion took place that the office of tho clork of the court waa closed before they had determined to prosecute. He waa not to blame for that, and besides they had the letter of the defendant submitting himself to the judgment of the department. The other cases which were not barred by the limitation of time are going on as tbo Cabinet ordered. He had nothing to be ashamed of, and had don* nothing whioh conld not be defended m Parliament. As has been alleged he resigned because he felt he waa m a false position, and oould no longer aetwith the Government. He had not been the originator or. the cause of a single personal disagreement m the Cabinet, though personal differences had ooourred between some of the members and a considerable divergence of opinion existed, The Premier waa also interviewed, and asked whether he had anything to say on the subject of Mr Fisher's resignation. On being told that his former colleague had submitted to the same ordeal, be said: — " Tho only reason, bo far aa I know, for Mr Fisher's leaving the Cabinet !■ the non-proieoation .of the Junotion Brewery Company. It was upon this I asked him to retire. Mr Ffshet never expressed to me, as Premier, any .dissatisfaction with the doings of tbo Cabinet on any,, point. The dlfferenoest alleged as reasons for leaving are all new to me. I never heard from Me Fisher any objection to the action ot therOabraet on any one of thoae points until I reoelved his letter conveying his resignation. On some of these, wbloh are now said to be serious points of difference, Mr Fisher 1 ! views were actually given etfeot to. It was the beer duty case alone on whioh he was asked to reolgn. Tt is Impossible at this stage to go into any particulars, as It would be fair neither to Mr Fisher not tbe Government, I am still In correspondence with him, whioh Is absolutely necessary to elloit the true faots of the/ case, and as soon as It is closed I shall be very glad to see It published. It may be mentioned m this connection that a letter appears In the '• Post " to* night, signed by the Premier, explicitly denying tbe statement that he went oat to tbe Lowes Hutt on Sunday to consult (he Speaker of the Legislative Council on the situation. The Premier say« that be went there to visit bis sun ; that he did not attempt to see Sir William Fitiherbect, and had no communication with him direotly or indireotly on tbe subject* The Premier also refers to a statement Id the <( Walkato Times" that a seat In the Cabinet has been offered to Mr J. B, Whyte, member for Waikato, and to tha statement that Mr Fisher's portfolio had been offered to an Auckland member before the Minister of Bdnoatlon had reaigned. He confirms the denial telegraphed some diys ago by the Press Association, andiays:— "No portfolio or seat In the Cabinet has been offered either direotly or lndheotly to any person since the Government was oompleted m 1887." *

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MR FISHER'S RESIGNATION, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 12 April 1889

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MR FISHER'S RESIGNATION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2104, 12 April 1889

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