NOTES FROM HANSARD
PLUNDERED OTAQO. Mr Pleh. — I take exception to another remark of the honorable gentleman, ia wbich he designated honorable gentlemen representing an important province Hko Otago as a band of ag' tutors get together for the purpose of plundering tbe colony. Why, I veuture to assert, without fear of contradiction, that no province io tbe colony has been so much plundered m the past for the benefit of tbe district ho now represents and its eu 1 round iogsaa the Province of Oi ago has been, . AN AOROBATIO FEAT. Sir H. AtJrineon. — And yet the leader o£ the Opposition, of whom the honorablo member for Duaedin Oentral is so proud, not only agreed with it (the Otago Central Railway proposal) lust session but also this session. When I brought ia the Bill he accepted it wth approval, and said it ought to be panaed, —that it was a very satisfactory way of gettiug rid of a great difficulty ; yut m tbe course of a few hours that honorable gentleman turns compietjly round and calls it a bud and extravagant way of doing it; What are we to understand when we have men at tne bead of affairs who ore capable of euoh— what is the tight word ? An Hon Member, —Tergiversation. air H. A. Atkinson. — Yes, f.ir, 1 know that word, but a word descriptive of tha performances of an acrobat would be more suitable, beoause that word implies the possession of some solid qualities. But there is no s^nae of responsibility on tbat side of the House at all. I will call it tbe performance of an aorobht ; 1 should like to ÜBe aßother term. 1 ' A ODBSK TO THfl COUNTRY. " MrPyke— JNo Sir, not for tbe sheepf armerß. Tho sheep farmers do not want the railway. They are opposed to it, end have done all they can against the Bill. Tha loan and agency companies, would go to any length to prevent the lino from being m<vde. ' Thosa companies arc a oucae to the ootmtry Unborn ohlidren now m their mothers' wombs will one day ourae them for having prevented this railway from beiug made In the past. THE PUBLIC CREDIT, Mr Stuart -Menteatii— Tbe Government have given a pledge thst thty will not go on the London market for three years ; and •II we hive to do m order absolutely to rehabilitate the credit of the olony In foreign markots, and m order to give New Z >aland ih^t Dime which she onoe poaacßsed and to which her resources entitle her, is to bold the Goveroment to that pledge. Jf it goes forth to the world that Jke the drunkard who is unable to abstain, and who muit necessarily return 'o his potations In spite of any pledges, wo nra unable to refrain from borrowing that If we cannot borrow abroad wo must do It at homi, we must pursue the pernicious cyatem we have pursued for the last fifteen years, — if we cannot show to tbe world that we ate prepared to follow economy, not only m tbe letter but m tbe spirit, then, £ take Ie, it will be a bad day for New Zealand.
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