EXTRACT'S FROM "HANSARD.
THE POSITION OF GOVERNMENT.
Mr Fiah— The honoiablo member at .the head of the Government, m replying to the honorablo member for Ashburtor, said he knew that that hor.orable gentle- . man wad bitterly disappointed with the poiltion the Government cooupy m this House. The Pceosier meant that, no doubt, as a an«ar at. the honorable member fos Aahburton, and wantad to show that 1c wbb disappointment at seeing ..... thoae honorable gectleman still on the benches tbat rp d? the honorable membar for Aahbotton make those remarks he did vrith regard to tho matter before the , Hoase. But X can toll the Premier that there aro more members of tbiß Houaa than the honorabla metnbe-r for Ashburton who are bitterly diaappointed — a. me of i them members supporting the Government. They are bitterly disappointed, X ray agaiu, at tho position which the . 1 Government ooaupy In thia Home afc the : present time. Do not let the honorabla gentleman deceive himself ; do not let the honorable gentleman, oatrloh-Jike, bury his head m the sand, and refuse to ccc the dangers that surround him — dangers resulting not from the faithful discharge of b(a duty, bat from the fact that he has betrayed those la whom he ought to have put truat. It ia well ~ known that there fs bitter dlaappclatment on the pact of honorable members who have, beau and are desirous of supporting the hon< rable gentleman. It Ia easy for the Premier to aay that honorable gentlemen who are opposed to him ace aotmted by moilvea of disappointment, but there are others disappointed who are genuinely and sincerely sorry for the action of honorable gentlemen on thoae benches. Then, the Premier msde another extraordinary statement— l may say it seems to me Impossible to follow the honorable gentleman in* the many twlatings of his speech. He aay3 one thing today and another thing to-morrow, He deems to be all things by turoa and nottiiog long. We have him hero to-day on a particular point, and to-morrow we Had htm, like an aorobat, jumping over a mountain, and we have him on tho other aide of It; THE COUNTRY. MEMBERS. : Mb TaDnar— lt seams to me as If tbele (the olty members) agreement was entirely confined to abuae of the country members. It reminds me vary maoh of a saying with which we are very familiar—" If yoa have a bad oaae abnae the opposite party." What ate these ohargaa ? First of all, we are charged with supporting a Bill of which wo cannot defend a single cUuee. We are alao oharged with having no reasons for the aappott we are giving to the Bill, or If we have any, with not daring to express them* Then we were! told by honorable members tbat we sat like blooka — I suppose of weed or stone— Aid that we oould not ipaak. Then we were told that it was our intention to carry this BUI by brute force. Theae »ra some of the charges levelled against tha ooantry mombers. THE EIGHT HOURS SYSTEM:, Me Taylor — It is all very well for be nocrable gentlemen to joke and t»lk about "eight hours." If tnoy look at the newspapers they will find that the eight, hours system will shortly be Introduced • at He mo ; and the system will be » reoigntaed faot here before many y«ara have paaned away, In spite of all the Tory opposition to the measure. ELECTIONEERING UNDER DIFFICULTIES. Mr Tanner — Though town members have no experience of them, there aro really many dangers as well as difficulties m contesting these elections m tho country, when they are held m the middle ' ot winter, when the weather is bad and r tha river a are flooded. On one ocoasion I had to go ia a spring -trap through a river. Tho river was flooded, and wa ecu d not see its bottom, and did not know any moment when we might have got into a hole. And when we got to tho edge of tha primeval forest, that stretches away to the foot of tbe Jttuahiae, I had to go on foot through the bush three or four - miles, and nearly got bogged three or four time 3. When I got to the foot of a hill I saw a little light on the top. and when wit b great difficulty we had c'imbed the hill there was a little school, with a couple of candles m it that "made darkless visible ;" and when I got into It whst did I Bee ? In the foremost for^g b'oandi-
navian women, with books la ihelr hands.
I said to one standing by, "Will yon tell me what books these women have m the'r handß ?" and ha inquired, and then, turned to me emiling, saying, "The women have brought their Bibles, thinking yon were going to preach a sermon to them." I ask, the honorable member for Parnell what he would have done under such OTcnm stances.
Mr Moss could not tell ;— never had such an experience.
Mr Tanner. — No, the honorable gentleman never had such an experience ; he does not know what a country candidate/ has to go through. I ask if he could under euch circumstances have given oae> of his eloquent political harangues. LAND AND INCOME! TAXES.
Mr T. MickeDzie.— Amoog the move* tnenta that are In favor m the cities is tha suggestion of th<j honorable member foi Dunedin Bast that the property tax shall be swept <v<ray, and that In Its stead we shall have a tax that la called a land and Income tax, They will Impose this (noome tax which Ib a failure every-* where. That means that we praotloally aay to men oomlng to tha colony with oayital for investment, " You can put yon* money Into whatever form you like— eltber m the form of merchandise to swell
an already too nnmerous olass, or yon can embark it In a manufacturing industry if you like ; but, nnlesa we can detect a pro* fit from your investment, we shall charge
yon nothing In the shape of a tax upon It." But, on the obher hand, they will Bay to the men who are prepared to go and aubdne the wilderness, "If you go Into the wilds and make homes there, tha I moment you take np yonr land you are to pay a tax upon It." That is praotically what the, townspeople are agitating for. That is the intention of the townspeople, and that la the sort of Liberalism which the honorable member for Dunedin Eufc advocates — that Is to say, the removal of taxation from the shoulders of oapltal and plaolng it upon the shoulders of industry^' MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS BILL. Hon Mr Mantell— lt la not tb^t I m) unaware that there are many dcenued or registered medical praot'J tl0 ners m the oolony who are perfeo^.y O nat to attend their patients, «£■ wno are given to drunkenness 4n a other disqualifying things : I father fanoy that In the Interim the p.vil m?ght be met by other means '.nan by passing a Bill of this kind. Tha moment you pat a power of exclusion la the hands of a body of professional men, from that very moment you will begin to have un justifiable aoti psrformed by them In their corporate capacity, whloh they I would never dare to'suggest but from tha faot that the action was being taken by ; them as ft corporation. I have known oaves recently In whloh professional me* appointed as examiners by the University have exercised the power conferred upon * them m the moat heartless and unfeeling manner, Therefore 1 think It wise for the Council to pause before allowing; another Inquisitorial boc'y to repeat thOM seta of tytanny ad infinitum.
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