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THE EXODDS, Mr Taylor. — During the time these gentlemen have been upon the bencbes we have lost ten thousand of our population. Political economists tells us that eaoh one of thoaa persona who have left our Bhores Is worth £150 at least to the State. There is an immense loss which has been inaurred. And there baa not been the slightest effort on the part of the* Govern • ment, notwithstanding all we have beard about their polity, to retain one of theßß poople in the Colony. Ido not want to ba t">ld what the Government have done w but other Governments have not done, but I waut to know what the; have done to relieve this Colony from such a scandal as that which I have referred to, of our populate n leaving ua. They are still leaving us, and it Is time that we had some kind of policy which will stop that sort of thing. Why, only to-day there Is a telegram In the newspapers that the other day— yesterday, I think— no less than forty people left Auckland for the other colonies. An Ron Member.— Why have they left? Mr Taylor.— Beoauae we have no Government that can grasp the nltuatlcnWe have no Government that oan conceive » policy which will retain these men in the Colony and find them profitable work at a fair day's pay. That Is what we want, to bring about a better state of affairs In tha Colony. IN FAVOR OP INCOME TAX. MrFUher-Of course, it will be said that an Income-tax Ib Invidious — and I agree that much be said against It ; but i It is a fair tax. It Ukeß from the man who has, and does not take from the man who has not. The evil of tba propertyttx Is thtt a man may have atoofc, machinery, or land, idle and unproductive, and vat be has to pay on the capital value just as if It were produolng income. Under en fnoome-tax a man pays only upon the yielded, profit, and surely the justice of such a tax must command itself to every thinking man. Mr Marohant— l say the vital prlnslplo of taxation Is cqnallty of sacrifice ; acd I maintain that a professional man who la making £800 a year in a very easy way, working perhapa five or six hours a day at the outside, Is at least as able to contribute to direot taxation as the Bettler who has to work his twelve or fourteen boors a day, and who now pays property-tax, while the professional man escapes that Impost. It was argued last night that you should nofc tax bruins If you do not tax musole, Bat muscle Is taxed now. The farmer gets together property, and ie oomeß Immediately under the properlyI tax. He works hard and for long hours at his farm, and little by little, by dint of his Industry, ha is enabled to add year by year to his capital ; and, beoauso he has dono that, he la singled out for this unfair Impost on his oapltal, while the professional man, who ought to coatrl-' bute equally to the revenue, Is allowed to escape. I say that la altogether unfair. Mr Monk.— Oh, New Zealand, poor New Zoaland ! if you could only get men to conduct your politics regardless of merely Belfiih considerations, and with tho loyalty of eplrlt that would disdain to substitute trfokery for politics, In whloh unscrupulous intrigue ooald have uo place ! Oh if but men ware sent hero to conduct your business with a a true regard to your honor and to the welfare of the people, well wpq|4 it be for you •'
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