THE DUNEDIN EXHIBITION LICENSE.
The following m the clause mjUk Duuedin Exhibition Bill which Sir William Fox, on behalf of tha New Ztaland Alliance, requests members "of rarliament to oppose :—•' The licensing, committee, tinder 'The Licensing £o f . 1881,' having jurisdiction ia the district whers the Dunedin Exhibition buildings aforesaid are to be erected, may at any quarterly meeting, or at a special meeting to be convened by the ohnrman of the 8a d committee for the purpose (which he iB hereby authorised to onvene), receive applications for and grant a publicun's iounse to any person approved by the directors of the New Zealand Kxhibitlop C .mpany, authoring tho said person, on payment of a license fee of £40, to se'l inoxicating liqnors wltbin the said building on and from the day when it shall ba declared open to thepublio as an exhibition, nntil the day next aft-.r the day when it shall be closed to the pnblic as m exhibition. The holder of the said license phall be subject to euoh conditions as to closing the bar inihe said building, and to suoh other conditions as the aboveDarned committee shall think fit to impose. There may be more bars than one within t c said building, but no such bar shall have »n entrance from tho pnblio street, n\ the provieioas of section 38 of the last above mentioned Act shall not app'y to the said building." Sir vVilliam Fox's circular letter is as follows :— " The New Zealand Alliance for the Suppression of the Liqnor, Traffic begs to lay before you the following faots : — The Commissioners of tha Dunedin Exhibition are endeavoring to introduce into it bars for the sile of intoxicating drinks, but they find themselves prohibited by the operation of the Licensing Act, under which a vote has at several suoaessive triennial periods been oarried against the increase of licenses In the Dnnedin district, and is now m fore* Finding themselves debarred by this from legally introducing the pale of intoxioating drinks into the exhibition building, they hive given notioe m the " Gazette " of th«ir intention to endeavor to get a private Aot passed by Parliament exempting them from the provisions of ihe Licensing Aot m order (as is evident from other proceedings of theirs) to enable them to authorise their own secretary or other persons to open one or more public drinkicg bars m the ' exhibition A very numerously signed petition from Dnnedio will, it is understood, be presented to the ' Assembly against the proposed aot. We 1 have reapeo fully to request you to oppose the passing of buoh a Bill for the following . reasons :— (1) That it is unconstitutional 1 to suspend the operation of a general , public aot of Parliament m f vor of a 1 private body for a special occasion for 1 whioh no pnolio neoessty can be shown ; I (52) that the tff ot of such a tuspansion \ would be eft post facto, the prohibitory inor ease vote at Dunedin having been passed 1 and m foroa, and which ought to be irreverfilble by any power except that provided by the aot —the local option of the rate- | payers, exercised triennially ; (3) that no motive oan be discovered for this attempt ' of the oomtnlssio&ers exoept that of adding | to their financial revenue by the sa'e of ' intoxioating drinks — a plea which would be equally available for any other private '. persou or institution ; (4) thaf theGovern--1 ment having promised to give to the Exhibition a large grant of .money from i the pnblio revenue, the question is one not only of importance to the Dunedin Oom--1 mission era, but to fill the tax-paying por- ■ tion of th . community over whose neaie such an Act «h uld not be passed for the ' benefit of individual speoulatora ; (5) that ' the Government, when addressed on the ' subjot, has expre&a'y intimited to the 1 Now Zealand Alliance its approval of the | exercise of Jopal opnion with regard to thn Bale of intoxiciling liquors m the I Exhibition or elsewhere, which, as abovo stated, ban already settled the question [ against tuch Bal9 being permitted. For these and other reaons which will suggest thfamselves, we respectfully ask your hid m defeating a measure which, we submit, 1 is not oalled for m tha int rests of the public, and whiou. if passed, would estab'ieh a very dangerouß precedent," The aeoond reading of the Bill was oarrisd m the House last night,
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