MRBALLANOE AT WANGANUI. (Peb Pbkss Assooiatiov.) Wanoanui, June 5. The H-m John Ballance addreoted hie constituents to-night. The Mayor was lc the oh air and there was a large attendance Mr Ballaooe opened his speooh referring to the tariff proposals of last session and he aeealled the faot that Sir H. A. Atkinson had taken exception to Sii Julius Vcgel's protection polfoy, 1887, bnt had since followed on the same lines. The present Government had aocused the former Government of undue expendl'ire; •ndeveomtnlstere of personal extravaga oa bnt the ipnaker raid that ev*n If the ministers of his party had been guilty of psrsonal extravaganoe In the way of incurring travelling expenses, not one of them had the privilege of seeing the Melbourne Oup tun. Referring to Sir Robt. Stoat losing bis seat he said that hit absence In the House was a loss to the colony. Sir H. A. Atkinson had ooma Into power because he was the only fit man as Mr Bryce had not won bis seat. Sir Harry Atkinson, he maintained, was not popular with his party but Was recognised as the only one fit to lead them. Mr Ballanoe attacked the land policy of Government aud maintained that nnder their rtgime fewer settlers bad been pat on the land than under that of Mr Rolltiton.- Having alienated the land they had of oourse reduced the number of tattler*. Attacking the proposal of reduo* tton In representation, Mr Ballanee maintained that the way to reduoo it should be by not Increasing the representation as tho population mounted op. A reduction In the number of members meant a greater expense, as the districts would be enlarged, The measure was proposed to give greater power to the Conservative or Tory party In the colony. Referring to the sogges* tlon to centralise tbe Eduoatlon Board at Wellington under Mr Fisher's proposed Bill, he said that it would not work, and meant doing away with the looal b idles altogether, and he nrged people to oppose ■nob a measure strenuously. He eon* ■Idered that the red not ion In oaphatlon to Volunteers was an Injostloe, and if they were not worthy of being allowed the cost of their clothing It would be better to do away with the force altogether. H* attsoked the Government for their attitude regarding Native lands, and stated that their duty wai to give •very aid to the obtaining of these lands foi settlement. With referenoe to tbe oft repeated oharge by the present Government against the Opposition for stonewalling, he asserted that most of the aumbais wbo had spoken agakst them last session were Government supporter*, justifying opposition stonewalling m the ease of the Otago Central Railway Bill. With" reference to the Chinese Immigration qutstlon, be said he hoped to see the prtatnt restrictive Bill made permanent, M It waa dearly the duty of Government , to prottot the traders of the oolony from j th* Importation of Chinese. The Fair Rent BUI wai also touohed upon, and the Speaker then prooeeded to treat the •abjaet of the Tariff. He and his party thought protection netassary to the tetsrest of the oolony, and had therefore supported Sir H. Atkinson'* Tariff BUI, and voted with Government independent of party feellog. His Village Settleminta scheme had been prononnocd tail session an unequalled suooess, and the Ministry had to give efieot to the poUoy of their predecessors, ffiestoral Reform was also touohed upon by Mr Ballance aa weU as the redistribution of taxation. He expeoted to see the Property Tax so modified as to become more of a Land Tax, and he considered that absentee landlords should be subject to a higher tax. Referring to the recess, Hr Ballsoce commended the appointment of the Railway Commissioners bat oonsidered that Government should be made to give an explanation of their reason for passing over Judge Ward, and plaoicg Mr Dfcniaton on tbe Supreme Court Bench, the latter having no more recommendation for the post than other memberi of the Bar. He also condemned the Te Eooti fiasco, and oensored the Premier for his aotion In the matter. At the oonoluslon of the address Mr Ballanoe was accorded a vote of confidence.
Dunbdin, June 5. Mr John M<K*DZ : e, MH.B. for W»l- ; hemo, addreised his oonstitaeuti last •veaing. After enameratlog m detail the programme put forward by the Opposition m the late election, he deolared that alnoa Sir H. Atklatoa had been m offioe he had oarriod oat no portion of tbat policy. A vote of thanks and ooufidenoe wai canted. Mr W. D. Stewart, M.H.R. for Danedin Weat, addieauyd hl» oonslUuenta to-night. He expressed ft*r that, though do borrowing would be proposed, liabilities would be looorred whioh would render it naoea•Mjr, •
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