A MINISTERIAL UTTERANCE
MR FERGUS AT QUBBNSTOWN,
[PBB PRBBS ASSOCIATION.]
Dunbdin, June 3.
Mt Fergus was accorded an eDtho-i^eti reception at Qaeenstown, the Volunteero band playing through iha towa, and the Artillery firing a salute, Xa the evening he addressed his oonatltnents, aome of whom travelled fifty miles to hear him. He said that as an outcome of the Mlnieterfal economies, they were able to pay off £46.000 of deficit , and begin the new financial year wih a credit of £20,000 withont withholding) a single payment from the poblio acoount. The reurganisa-
ion of the Olvtl Service wonld be oon-
tlnued, not by outtlng down poorly paid officers, bat by the amalgamation of rffiaes. Referring to the Railway Boatd, ha said that the reaion why an expert was not appointed, was became three days before the (eitimonlala of the penon recommended by the Agent-General oonld be coqaidered by the Cabinet be withdrew hii application. While he was In Viotorla, one of the first experts south of the Hue said to him " Yog don't want a railway manager. Yon hare got men good enough m New Zealand. What yon want !■ a dlplomatlit, a man who will bring reason with the people t an approachable man." He waa strnok with the force of thla advloe and brought It nnder the notloe of the Premier. Mr McKerrow fulfilled these anticipations and the appointment had been well received by the ben thinking men, while there was a dltpoiltion on the part of the pnbllo to give the Board a fair trial. He complained of the over legislation to whloh our Parliament waa prone- Sinoe the creation of responsible Government, Parliament had pasted 2028 statutes and repealed 1466, Government should not give io much attention to fanoy legislation bnt give a great deal more to the
central welfare of the colony and see the | legislation, Instead of being balky ii good. That was wnat Government intended to bear m mind In the forth oomlng session, They intend that their work shall be jadgpd by quality rather than quantity. On the subject of Legislative Council Reform Mi iergns laid that Government favoied the iioaee nominating the membeii of the Ooanoil Government intended to introduce a Bill similar to Sir F. Whitaker's, but with lomo amend* ment, whioh will provide for election by the House for a definite period, and for ! empowering Government to oall to the i Council one member us a Minister for the purpose of facilitating their bueiness, 1 ut to retire when Government leave office, f bete was a little fear of the Reduction of Members Bill being upset, bnt ho was hopeful that a modification of th« Hare system would be adopted. Government propose bringing In a measure to simplify ebaritable aid, allowing hospital districts to exist much the same as at present, with this dffereiice, that the management of the hoapitaU will be given to local bodies who may transfer the same to trustees. • If the local body does not, wi*h to undertake the burden it can decline to do bo. Looal mititutionl would be suppoited partly by r.tes and partly by subscriptions, Government subsidising the latter liberally They intended to give a liberal subsidy to hospitals absoutely necessary, end it would rest entirety whether these institutions shall be maintain, d m their -entirety with the people themselves. With regard to Charitable Aid, Government proponed to relieve looal bodies from the maintenance of inveterate paupers and m oorrigible drunkards. They proposed to put men who will not support their families m iobtiiutions where they will have to do something for their own support, leaving the subsidised looal body to deal with the casual poor within its bounds In amending the Bankruptcy Aot Government propose to embody the principal recommend atiot a of the Chambers of Commerce and relieve the Supreme Court by empowering Resident Magistrate? to deal with small estates and d stribute as* eeti. '.Government Intend m dealing with the Education qusatlou that there should be no departure from the main features of the system, but reforms m Its administration mould be effected. The deteots are want 'of uniformity of inspection, unequal ! salaries, aon-grading of teaohera. He
favored makiog Inspectors Colonial Officers, andj though ■weeping away the Board* wonld facilitate the changes indicated, hs saw no adequate authority to take their place, and to hand over the entire oontrol to a central authority would not •Diirer. The node of election of School Committees alto needed alteration. Bt volunteering he said the number of men was the same as last year and he hoped to be able to make ft slight In or ease m oapUatlcn this year. Government baye do intention of borrowing and the question of raiting another loan for pnbUo works was never mooted by the Cabinet. Government meant to pay their way, live within their means, and rales the oredi* of the colony as much as they esn, both at home and abroard: The efforts of Government m the pait had been productive of much good Oar debentures wbloh wer«\loof, with m dividend nearly doe, wbei Government took offioe, by ' recent advises are up to 106 In the London , market. With the equalisation of revenue and expenditure, there had bean a great recovery of tbe agricultural industry, and a move all along the line of oommeroe. Tbe volume of natural trade is expanding, and the colony, freed from adventitious and borrowed money, goes forth to gather m tbe fruits of legitimate industry.
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