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PARLIAMENT OUT OF SESSION.

More or less through the whole Parliament, but notably tliroughput last session, this want was the difficulty underlying - the situation, and Sir John Hall and other Ministerialist speakers, '< who bewail the slow cpurse pf business and the scanty legislation'of last "session, bewail a state : of things for which Government, and Government only, were to blame. Under such circumstances, and from this cause, not only was obstruction more demoraliz-, ing than it ought to have been, butGovernment submitted their measures in: a half-hearted sort of way to the House—; were afraid alike of the goodnature of the! Pppositjon and'pf the indifference of their, own friends'—and many of their Bills; 1 either died stillborn or wore smothered in;J their cradles by their unnatural parent's. •] The Representation Bill wi« tbe o^lv PJill ' of any. importance.that vi ; in; >':v.i ; ■ partly "because it was \ r<>;;'A \'•,:<• v should become law, but. rather- because it' had. a large, j^ajority to isrry';ifc through. But I will "presently, <}<ja.J"with' 'it and the other principal' Government measures 1 more at, iengtfr, when what I .urge will. be clearly seen-^-how unable Gpveriinient was t6 lead the business of the House.' " I do n°t know whether the country' realised this ministerial incapacity or not; " but it became very; evident to the. House' itself at the session wore bri—so much so that it .was felt that pnly pne remedy was applicable, and that was a' dissolution, The only, ftrgunioii^ the Government had ) against, ib was that it was proposed by ! the leader of the Opposition: bub the ! propriety under the circumstances of'the

Mr W. €. WALKER

. AT THE ODDFELLOWS' HALL

I Last night;, Mr W. 0. .Walker addressed his constituents in the Oddfellows' Hall. There was not a large attendance, less than one hundred . being present. Mr David Thomas, Mayor of Ashburton, presided; - and Major Stewatd; MtH.R-, was also on the platform. •''.;- :. - The: Chairman, in \. introducing Mr Walker, said that gentleman. had, come that' night to give his constituents an account of his stewardship, and likewise to lay before them his views as to what was likely to occur in the future. He would not occupy "the time of-the meeting in introducing their member to them that night as they knew Mr Walker .better than they knew him. (Applause.) , Mr Walker^ who' was received with applause, said—l-regret that>we have not been able; to s get a larger attendance tonight, as, .the .size of the audience.has a ) good deal to do with both the comfort; of the speaker and of those who listen to him. I will, however, 1 ddithefbesfr'l can to put before you .what has been >.«loriei during ithe/ paafc Ejession,. and/.arsew/,of my ideas as to the future. ; "* On the eve of the "assembling of the last session of t^is Parliament, the question naturally presents itself on an occasion like this-f— when a representative appears before His constituents to give an account of His stewardship—what real work has been done by Parliament since ibelast general election, nearly three years'ago ? At the last general election, the affairs of the colony were admitted to be approaching a crisis, and a heavy responsibility was placed on those who were returned to the House. The natural term of life of the HoUse then elected has all but expired, and in a few weeks the last session of the Parliament then elected will have commenced its deliberations. Judged by the bulk of the Statute Books for 1887, 1888, and 1889, the Parliamentary tale of work cannot be said ito be large. Financial questions in the first two sessions demanded attention; and inasmuch as the basis' of. this Parliament's finance is largely similar to what was proposed to the, previous. Parliament by the previous Government, and rejected ; and inasmuch as both sides of the House assisted to carry it through, both sides may claim credit for having accomplished what was not only necessary to restore the equilibrium of bur finances, but what was also intended to foster and - assist our growing r industries. Still most public men, writing or speaking about the doings of this Parliament, and especially about the doings of last session, describe the session as one twhich was barren and unprofitable. Government supporters nearly all complain on this head;- We have not,yet heard Ministerial "opinions on the subject, but Sir John Hall, who occupies a most confidential relation to the Ministry, has lately given his history of the session, and most emphatically regretted that ;ib had been barren and unsatisfactory. He ■ is so well versed in Parliamentary practice j that one would have expected that he i would have been able to indicate clearly 'what was the reason for this state of I things. I To my mind he attributes it to what'is j itself much more an effect than a cause— | viz., to the growth of obstruction and its toleration by the House ; and he hoped Government will do as they proposed and introduce such changes in the s Landing orders of the House as will prevent such occurrences in the future. STONEWALLING. While I do not wish to stand up and i say one word in defence of stonewalling— ' no one could, who has had to endure its j patience-trying torments, trying alike to .! the sternest body and mind, —still, it is 1 well to remember that it is after all, only an occasional method by which a protesting minority "seek to emphasize their dissent and draw attention to their views; And if by alteration of the standing orders, this particular method of protest be suppressed, in a free Parliament an earnest and determined minority will devise other, and .perhaps more emphatic methods to stay legislation to which they Object, and" to draw attention to what they desire to'place .before the country. ■ The stonewall of last session on the Representation Bill, no doubt, was a grievous -waste of time; but was it the only cause which interfered with the course v of _ legislation ? 1 Government'met the'-Houjse' with a larger ■: crop, of Bills.than usmUi.uSVhy did so few of them pass ? They were none of them stonewalled except the Representation :Bill, and that did become law. It could not be the fault of the Opposition, who had not the numbers requisite to control 1 business in 'such: an effective manner, though, they did. elect a leader, and were - not afraid'to'express their views as to -Government measures. It must have , been some reason more generally active than' obstruction ; something which,' more or less throughout We < whole session, 1 paralysed the action- of the House and ■rendered it comparatively impotent so far as results were concerned. THE PARLIAStENTATIY MACHINE. I would ask you to consider" the nature of a Parliamentary body and the manner of its doing its-work.- "Parliamentary Government may be described as a very complicated • machine, elaborated and fitted to the completeness of the English model by the experience of generations. Bach' part has been evolved by circum- , stances as they occurred and the nicety of the adjustment of the different parts depends upon all the conditions under which the machine has been elaborated being in ' working order. Were all the usual and requisite conditions of working the Parliamentary machine present last session 1 ' Was the first and principal requisite present, viz., Ministerial responsibility ' and capacity % Every one will admit that Ministerial responsibility is the first requisite, and without a Ministry capable and sagacious, a House of Representatives proceeding on the modern English Parliamentary model finds itself deprived of. the source of life, action, and relf-regula-tion.

course proposed was shown by the fact J that it was only lost by 5 votes. In the ' first place, a-dissolution at that particular' time was the constitutional outcome of the situation. If not laid down as doctrine, it is at all events the practice that whenever Parliament alters representation, either as regards qualification of electors or distribution of seats, it is assumed as a matter of constitutional propriety that a dissolution shall immediately follow: and for this reason—the House, by altering representation .to what'is presumedly better and more perfect, thereby admits the defects of the basis on which itself has been elected, and therefore the .constituencies should immediately have the right of electing a fresh House on the enlarged and improved basis of representation. In" the next place, apart from the generalprinciples, bhe special conditions of the House rendered an appeal to the.country the,most" satisfactory solution of the existing -state of things. A Ministry ' with.a 'nomirial majority -. whom they "were afraid to call upon for , loyal support —unable to lead the House—unable to control it—unablei to decide the fate of their own measures' —obliged tortemporise and to dLrift-^'they had shown • themselves ,to .►'Be .unequal to the task.their seats' ohrthe Government benches imposed dn"them ; and bei&g such as they*w«r.e,-wh.at ; ehange i -was likely $ to comejby,er them', and•. over,/the render- it probable' that; thiftg^wouldfgo, more ] smpothly,"" if tjiey met the House again? It is true, Sir .'H.jAtkinsooivhas taken a-new 7colleague, whom- all admit to: be an honest/capable man, 'but lie is 'in-1! experienced i" tho arts requisite to.make: a Minister a success, when his chief, is unfortunately . .through" ill; health (which,: every one must join in}.deploririg) absent j from the..benches. Even, with this acces- j sion of even blood,:it is "to be feare"d that the, bid condition of .things will remain. But lastly, to save the country the cost of what most probably will result— two sessions this year—it would have been more satisfactory to have had the dissolutioo as soon after last prorogation as possible, so that a new-Parliament might have been able to have set to work at the usual period of the financial year, and to form a Ministry assured of the support of the country, and supported by a dependable majority. For all these reasons it is, I think, a matter for regret that the House would not take the advice of the Opposition and force Ministers to do what, for so many reasons, was demanded in the situation in which Parliamentary business was placed last session, ■ which apparently all, but;; chiefly Government supporters, deplore, and which probably will continue this approaching session. ■. ''■ GOVERNMENT MEASURES. To take up in detail the measures introduced by Government during the session is perhaps more interesting than usual, as few of them passed, and consequently whatever questions of importance were dealt with in them stand ever for future treatment. The Governor's Speech promised that Bills dealing with the following subjects should be submitted.—Legislative Council Reform—Representation on Hare system—Obher Bills of Electoral Reform—Classification of Civil Service— Hospitals and Charitable Aid—Property Tax A ssessment—Copyright—Patents and Trade Marks—Medical Council—Transfer of Personal Property—Bankruptcy. Of these only the Patents and Trade Marks, and the 'iransfer of Personal Property Bills passed, the first being taken from an English Act, and merely a matter- of scissors and paste, and the second being taken in charge by a committee of lawyers, without whose aid the Bill would probably not htwe become law. There j were 36 Public Acts passed, mostly shorb and formal ; 3 of these were the work of private members, and 6 dealing with the necessary sessional finance, imprest, appropriation, etc. Of the above list contained in "the official programme for | the session, I. will take the Electoral Bills I first. Corrupt Practices and Registraj tion of Electors Bills were introduced, but not-meeting__wibh_ik_favorable_receEtion were pressed no further. The former was Draconian in its- severity ; the latter, containing some objectionable features, endeavored to deal with a subject which requires amendment and simplification. Immediately after the early delivery of the Financial Statement, Representation Bill No. 1 was brought down, proposing proportional representation, commonly known as the Hare System. The Premier admitted that it was introduced in order that the principle might be ventilated, and, he hoped, better understood, I and in future years adopted; but as a piece of sessional tactics it had'disastrous effects. The knowledge in the first place, that it was not seriously meant, tried members' tempers, all but those who supported the Bill with the enthusiasm of missionaries. Men's minds on an issue ;much'more I'ticaT," and: they resented anything-' which 'intercepted real business. From 1882 to 1887 an allowance of 25 per cent had been. I given to country districts" as against town constituencies. In 1887,. Sir Robert Stout reduced the allowance to 18 per cent, and especially after the reduc r ; tion of members agreed upon in the 2nd session of the same year, country mem' bers desired to have at least the old pro-* portion restored as approximately fair, and based on well recognised principles of representation, as well s at ; . Home as. elsewhere:.*-The Premier waW aware of this determination, in fact was in com^ munication with the members who were working for .this end. : After a: few days' pretence at carrying on a debate, Bill No. 1, was withdrawn, and Bill No.. 2 .substituted, in which' 25 '■ per "cent -was inserted as the proportional allowance, and on this the stonewall took place. The Government was attempting to take the place of a mediator between;the two parties, the country urging that 25 per cent was not. sufficient, and the towns objecting tq any increase at all. After, a weary fortnight it ended in 28 per cent being the final settlement. But a notable,; amendment to the law of Representation wag inserted by Sir G. Grey—viz,, that at a-general election no man cah; exercise more than one vote; thus taking from property the privilege hitherto enjoyed, and preventing in the future anything approaching to the manufacture of faggot votes, though practically when New Zealand enacted that all elections should take place on one day the privilege was reduced to a small one, The notable fact about the fight in' tins Bill was that no principle was involved. An allowance wag admitted to be reasonable, it was simply a question of amount, -, \ oharitablß Aid. Before the . Representation Bill, the Hospital and Charitable -Aid Bill had been introduced in an unusual way, as if to draw attention to its importance. Usually no speech or debate occurs oil a bill till its second reading. On this occasion the Colonial Secretary made a speech on the introduction, giving a general explanation of the proposed new law. But the 841 no yer came up again for discussion, p'ri.?*-fer for regfefc, J thjnk, as tluj opppiflii 1! :y was never afforded, which was.-re. ■ ji:':«■■.l, of considering this important subject. The Bill was severely criticised by. the Press and local bodies, and Govern* merit appear to have come to the, conclu-, sJ9 n at "* *ne ?ac6 of-such adverse criticism it was useless tcTpress it further. 'It failed to 'be accepted—(l) Because it aimed too high ; it was not an amendment of the present law ? it was a complete new system and it would probably have been wiser on the part of its fraraer to have been contented with remedying the defects of the present law instead of bring? ing down a Bill containing a system on a now principle. (2) It had evidently been drafted by somo one who did not understand local Government and in consequence such local opposition to the BUI

arpb that Government as I have said proceeded no further. Something must be' done with this question and therefore it. is matter for regret that the opportunity, was lost of a full discussion of this question on a' broad basis. It would have educated the Ministry, the House, and the country on the subject, .and the Ministry this year will have learnt little more of it than they knew last year.' . - PROPERTY TAX.

Tae only other Bill which was submitted to the House in accordance, with, the promise of the Governor's speech was the Property Tax Amendment Bill. It j proposed to make certain remissions in the • case of machinery and on this' Biil'tyas I moved by Mr Moss the., following amend- v ment, *AThat the Property-tax is unfair in its iricidencej harassing in its effect, and an obstacle to the progress and settlement of the Colony." That amendment was supported not only by those who Would do awißty ynLth the Tax at once :ahd 'afrany'cosib iafeyor^of a Land and Income Tax, but also by^those. who-were not satisfied with the extent of thevproposed re- 1 missions. Government' madejt^a wantpf confidence, question, "and suQQeeded'in carrying the^i ..second reading by fOutvotes. jßtft thS Bill never came on again, i anil the-Treasurer this year has received taxation to the amount of £4000 which he adriutted to be uirfair:.and impolitic, 'and ;,whiclkhe hadjanrang^d\o"^o J wi'tfio<|fc'. The list :of^ BtUsCi^iicto go^i $*&y^a Aeriain disfcanb^.is completed, by telling^ me fate of \ the Council.-Reform Bill, i -which wtfs not able Id get' through jthe Council, where it^was introduced;;,'; ; •''•"■'•y '\-_ OTAGO OBNT«A|i'B.mwi:t.'; • .Butrbesides the aTjove referred' to. one important; measure was introduced^ important in its bearing .on the Finance of the Colony, the Otago Central Railway Bill. If was announced in the FinancialStatement that this railway-' ;c6uld be continued " without infraction of the policy we are all agreed oh —that is without : recourse to a new loan." That is .the main point on, which the proposals of Government should be judged, and becausa they were morally,.,.if not .technically, an fraction of the policy so alluded to, the Bill was defeated. The Bill proposed to continue the railway by. means of an advance from the Trust Funds, which was to be secured on the pastoral rents accruing in the Otago Central Railway district,; to the amount of £15,000 per annum. Now 'it must be remembered that the Colony pledged itself at the time when the last loan was raised not to go on the London money market tip 1891; and though the pledge was given\to,rand for the satisfaction ,6f, .the moneyUenders at Home^ it was also given to, and accepted by, the people of the Colony^ as\ against borrdwing for that period. Was the proposal of the Government equivalent to borrowing ? If it is not covered by the pledge given to the English money lender, it is at all events covered by that given to the Colony, and inasmuch as this £15,000 a year was to come out of the pastoral rents, which now form part of the Consolidated Fund,;it made little difference to the revenue whether the amount was to be so paid annually, for the construction of the railway, -or-whether- a sum of money was borrowed and theinterest paid out of the same fund. Besides, it was felt that,it was only the begining of a new attack on the public purse. ISorth and South, wherever an unfinished railway was to be found, it was not long before all began to urge their claims to similar treatment If one was to be .singled out, why the Otago -Central? So, between the time when the Bill was introduced and when it finally was disposed of, two or three kindred proposals wei'e; either ■on the Order Paper or aa good as. promised by Government. But .that instalment was not sufficient to meet, the' claims of all. ; And this was another reason for the rejection of the Bill, that it was only the beginning of a large expenditure of public money which would have. to 'be provided out of loan eventually.... Then there was the greatest,uncertainty.and doubt as to the real value of the line. Trua, a large ainogmt of moixoyL.TiarL'-beeri." spent and it had not been' carried to a paying point; What if that 'point never could' be reached ?. Expert evidence was 1 not conclusive. Some, during the course, of yeajrs, had-.,given, - varying evidence. Dunedin, and Otago generally were, not. apparently very certain of the propriety of the "line."' -Whatever reason there might be to make a push to complete an unfinished work, or-however great the desire of certain politicians to get settled a difficult and oft-recurring subj ectj however; plausible the' proposal to "construct thSe: line out of the land revenue accruing nY the neighboring district, when the timecame for decision on the proposal, : the difficulties and doubts attending were top many for the Bill, and it was rejected by a majority of 16. As the propriety of this Bill to a certain extent .dope.ndecfc/o& whether the Colony; cbula -aifor|^4*§&? present- time -td devote 1 J£15;000 v out Aof revenue to a work of the kind, I would ask you to consider what the real position of the Colony is in matters financial, and hferj relalaQns'.;to\thb;-iKurdens which our loan policy and public works] have placed on our shoulders, • V

FINANCIAL

, Last vear,\ending\March 31sfc, 1889, the Treasurer claimed ifco have a surplus of £77,769, reducable by the Primage DutyJ j L 46.832, leaving an actual surplus of .L 51,637. Toxl^im-whafcgs paid off by the Primage JDuty as surplus, appears an abuse of language, as that duty was specially imposed to meet the L 128,000 Deficiency, Bills of 188,7f-88, which part of the deficit of that year was not covered' by the L 400,000 Deficiency Bills issued in March,'lßßß. :Aiid^tnis surplus, be it remembered, was effected by the imposition of fresh taxation to the amount of nearly £250,000. This year ending March 31st, '1890, we are informed the Treasurer can claim a. surplus of LU5,17.4,- but reducible, \a tfee. same way by the amount of the Primage Duty ; or,, if thp balance of the unfunded debt, L78,605f be deducted, a nett surplus will be arrived at of L36,s6B—the result of. last year's transactions. The Customs: appear to have produced L 50 s OOO under the Estimates; the Railways as much over. Were it not for windfalls, such as] large succession duties, &c., which have' chanced to come in within the year, the surplusmight have disappeared altogether; i so that our ( finance does not yet appear to be very elastic, or offer much margin for relief 'in the way pf reduced taxation. From another point of view:o\ir Colonial Debt stands at L 38 5 575,050; Sinking Fund accrued, Li,395,389 • net debt, L 36,979,661 —on which the annual jn» | terest is £1,833,494, while pur total revenue is £4,lßs,Boo—leaving; for our own purposes, only £2,354,308. Be|prje, therefore, with a light heart we take stdcjk each year of our affairs, and hear talk of further loans immediately required, and the desirability of completing unfinished railways—without croaking, without despondency, surely it is our duty as prudent men, well to consider the weight of spur liabilities before : w§ incur \ further ones/and^eo what p^pspgct there $ v of lessening our burden, how averaging.' £63 per head of every man, woman, * and child withiu tfye 9°l° nyr What; prospect haye we of .reducing taxatiqn, : ,whwh should be theobjectsjirelypf our statesmen? What is the use of crying out for more populafc{on ? What thi hone 'pf qxpijQtjng fir* rivals of men "with their families "with anythiiig to lose, when the uninviting fact stares them in the face that the moment,they cast* in their lot among us they, stand to share burdens such as the above figuresjshow.

THE PROSPECT,

[n spite of all our natural' advantages of climate and soil; in spite of the wonderful i;ile of production which our exports, toll: I four too many of the best and most industrious are still leaving our shores

Surely everything points to prudence and caution. 'That we can insist on, and the voice of the Colony can make itself un- '.' derstood so plainly that at all events rash paths will be avoided and such further dim- - culties as will add to our burdenß evaded. But this perilously close balance between . expenditureandrevenue, afterthe taxation -. laid on our shoulders, renders any change . in our system of finance almost impos- .- sible. For instance, many in the Colony ;: call out for the abolition of the Property .Tax, and the substitutionof a Lajd and.lncome Tax.-* Last year the Property Tax yielded £373,830., jWhat treasurer can lightly abandon so profitable an assistance j( uv-his necessity?: -JjkMi*^3a&mts Sir Julius YogeT.and Sir Robert. Stout were \ both opposed to the. Property Tax. Bub Sir Julius Yogel dared not propose a change. And whatever be,tfce.oßjecliona ; to the Tax, and they .are jnany, he would ;. be a bold Treasurer to attempt it just .: jiow. SirHarry rAtkirisonpr6paj|&^year to.amend the Tax by. relieving jfcertain classes of machinery. TluV migtyjhe «*" tended to improvements -within iascertain limit,, and. this wouM mow i^inW| the incidence of a Land;;and foopmsfTax, although, certain persons whoseiilMJDmes are either.,professional, or d#ri*edglrom ; sources oth;er,than y cftpit*l,pwfct»^ them- ';.; selves,,would temainruntaxe4<;WjlM».e»sy { j ito ifcay. the) Tax has faults and let «s , change-it -for -something -better.-- The-" ]._.} question is, dare we try any financial ex- _r, periments at present. But if a change/. is iriadyisable at present in this. Tax, we . can "press 'in a otner ways on Govern-* went the -absolute, .necessity-v of certain reforms wKicK,wiir,Wnd^ to 1 lighten taxation by rendering th re fcolony, better able.. , to, bear it. _ We can st^l further, press -,- "economies. We: ;can r 'lnjaist':i)ha'^ h'u thai; v House has'agreed rtba"red3ction of 20 in its number, so Ministers must also be reduced. ( ._"'. 'Public Works"^and'/Natire, affairs were' both declared suplrfluousand . expensive portfolios. ...We 1 Waffl Seep on ; urging tliat they must' be dispensed with; .. So far as the economies,of the present Go- -^ vernment are' concerned, although they ; > have claimed reductions' in annual votes for services, by shifting charges from loan to Consolidated fund, they .have, not de' creased the annual liabilities, $or lessened the : expenditure always' chairgid' £on revenue. Without/extrayagent. assertion, much may still be done ' towards economy ,by putting the Civil. Service on T a, busi-ness-like footing^ as; Ministers themselves allow, without interfering with public convenience. ..■"'■*'. • : „"','. But can nothing,.be. done .oLa_pdßitive nature % Surely ; spmethiag,j if omly, the mind tHat|can originate^wefra inthe frpnt. Surely more might be done to help land settlement, for instance. '; Ministers hare • their 'say at present and'sales.of publid ~ ' land are quoted to show how, it is extending. If so, why is there so much dissatisfaction in the parts of the colony where ' good land is;available, I believe a great deal more, can be done in this direction, and ititwere attended to, in a . iew.years we*should have notpnly, more genuine'settlers on "the land,^.but a still greater surplus of expprts, ; thiui at present. .. That the difl^culties J,st»ring us in tHe face in", respect^'.oi] Wese points are universally felt, one has only to read, whatr public :men. say. „ Sir JohnHall admits that the Property Tax deters . foreign investors.' .He.,suggests imaking the amount of tax fixed..- Another Minis-; terial supporter is so impressed by the i situation, that he is suggesting, legislation to restrict or prevent the. holding of land . by companies. . ~ Another recommends the sale of our railways. ;:. - r ,Vt ■ SOCIAL. -' - . ' Meanwhile another class of Subjects offer themselves, but with, this difference / —that legislators can do" less to meddle with them than the others-I have been" 'mentioning 1. I mean the social questions ' surrounding labor. These questions' 'are ' ; alive all over the world, and we have this peculiar advantage here^' thatl- to a" large' - extent we can deal with them in advance, -so to speak, before the crushing-.misery, and suffering which attend - ati_ i&^n!*lectTiave cumo upoir-usr 1 — ilhea result is -± certain-^—a revolution" which*' will, .raise -, labor to a distinct position and van&ge ground, which will set *it free to' treat as an equal with capital,; "and, being free and , equal;; bothy can i treat on.^ terms which lmust,reaidtin^ndrabJ[ißagiwment.* One of the latest' writers on these 'subjects, treating of the colonies, has noted that whenever labor gajns.j^ie;day; and is able ' to treat on suchlierms as these, wages are higher • and; the, productivj^j result *is ( sniperipr. Such an opmiqn accompanied by the most Jsa^gi^e.^rophecies! las;.Aojtibe industrial fja<»n^o^!bqth capital and la^bor, ,ia most sati^actoryf' and.,, will falsify t :the old freetrade" motion, ; .;th»t rT cheap cl&hor and cheap,, prices mean commercialrand national progress.' S:*'? i>.<-i^ t sl vAs regards.jthe coming sessipn^nb^otie can say how it will eventuate, and tide speech.jdeUye^edQ-by^ Mr-tF.^gns among the mountains of Otago tnrawii yjegey little light upon theia^jejjfc^-^^r Walker here proceeded to crijjacisV some portions of Mr Fergus^speech^apd* in conclusion said—l regrettd say that this is,th? lart jtinej^hall have the honor of addressing you'as constituents rcof/ jAahburtpir ? electorate. The ComimsßKmers^ave^very materially altered the b^TOdarie^.of^e district, and while\thej ha^e)^left^oiit. a^nu|Qbnr of : friends on the "north they compel me to :Wpo the votes of inew:Wendßj;sputhward. If j' however, I' should' be fortunate .enough to .obtain the,suffrages rpf.the new Ashburtdn district I wiU -do ■myVbest.jbo prove to my constituents, tHa^ their' con- - fidence has not been misplace. When the time comes for achoice/I trust the newdis* . trictwill giveme theirconfidence asthe old one has done, .in whose; service I can only say that I have done my besfc to represent , their wishes and have to acknowledge t , throughout that I have received ttioSmP^ considerate and generous treatment 4t their hands, : (Loud Applause,) '^QUSSTIONS.In answer to Mr "Elston, Mr/Walker said' it wpuld; not be wise to,,sell the . railways. If there was to be a monopoly it wouldv'lte -better for't^ejJtwpft to keep it.ioJihemselveß.'.; ■ '-;■.■ r,.^^,"/? sin answer to, Mr,^o%r4>fMrj]iyalker said the Goyer^ent; h^ r projn^ed;to bring down a'measiure^ to- rtfbrmAhe Upper House. -'It; waa a House that wanted to be looked to, jand he trusted .a measure toreformit WQuld bep^ss^d. ?, It was monstrous- th^- such "a "measttw Las that brought in Hay: .Major Stewj«d . for reform ■ on . eduoationaj; matters Bhould ''< >bel rejected year/-»ft«r*-lJy the Upper; Hjousjj, itheimore: especially ; that the people seemed to have set 'their ; hearts uppntlxejprinoipl^Ttff reform in . School Committee elections which it contained. xAp^use) : rfrn>iiv. A vote of tjkoksbo.Mr Walker, and of confidence in himas the^ r W)rese^atije was moved :Vy/-MT;.:A^fijed' ißuiwJwta 'Mia unanmioWsiyWried/and^afWr^^vpte of thanks to the Majrpr, proposed.by.Mr - Walker, and^W^wAh^vwunammitj: the "meeting closed,, .... '. ; %«■ *^-^

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PARLIAMENT OUT OF SESSION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 24 May 1890

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PARLIAMENT OUT OF SESSION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 24 May 1890

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