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THE MEMBER FOR RANGITATA

only sufficiently-liberal (and —let us add for ourselves^-our railway polic^ also) there would be no need to cry ou£ for immigration,* for immigrants of the right sort would voluntarily come hither; and if he and others who think with him can only succeed in getting, the necesary amendments of our land system made, we have no fear whatever for the result. We disagree with him as to the Property-tax, and believe that it is quite possible to, do away with it, or rather the greater portion of it, and to substitute for such portion a Land and Income-tax with exemptions which would be an immense relief to the working farmer, but in mostother matters we are able to go nearly all ±he way with Mr Buxton^ It-is pleasing, too, to find that he is not a bit afraid to declare that he does' not believe the present Government to-be the best which, the present House is capable of furnishing, but honestly and boldly avows his opinion that there are gentlemen on his own—the Opposition—side quite capable of conducting the business of the country in.a'better way than it is now being conducted. Mr Buxtoh hasproved a good, honest, hardworkjjng member, and it is almost a .pity tihat as would, appear to be.thfe case he should have to, run for jbis seat at next'election against so good a manias Mr Rhodes, who, although jbn ihe Government side of the House,.is also : undoubtedly an excellent memoer." r\^e wish that both could be returned again.

Honest outspoken, and utterly incapable of misconstruction was the address delivered on Friday evening by the honorable member for Rangitata. In him the district has a representative who is not only firm in his opinions, and utterly fearless in expressing them, but who is able to express them in good plain Saxon, and in a manner which commands attention. Polished he may not be, and he is far too bluff and John Bull—let us say at once too conscientious, to make use of tricks of political oratory, even if he were tip to them—but there is a ring of sincerity in all that he says which has an eloquence of its own, and which, even when it fails to convince, at least commands respect. He is a gooji specimen of the farmer " who pays for all," and withal shrewed and clearsighted in many matters. He -boldly avows his support of the Bible , in 1 schools,' arid of I fair concessions to the Roman Catholics in the matter of education, on both which points we are heartily at one with him; and he is thoroughly sound in his opposition to the mischievous policy of borrowing for the sake of spending—the spendthrift policy of post obit and scatter cash. He is also, like all genuine Liberals, entirely sound upon the land question. . He sees, asj we would fain hope our members generally are beginning to see, that the Land Laws of the ■colony are, notwithstanding all the tinkering.of successive Governments and Parliaments/stilHh an alto-ether , • c 4. vx- «"w o tsUM3i unsatisfactory condition, and that they must be radically amended if we are to stop the exodus which is going on, and to restore progress and prosperity to the colony. He is entirely right in thinking that if our Land laws were' b mwu MW » weie

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THE MEMBER FOR RANGITATA, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 3 June 1890

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THE MEMBER FOR RANGITATA Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2431, 3 June 1890

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