Although with the aid of the " Skinflint" party the Government had apparently succeeded m evading the necessity for initiating real bona fide retrenchment by negoitating Mr Ballance's resolution, and affirming that of Mr Monk, it now appears evident that the Opposition are ■determined that substantial reductions .shall be made m the public expenditure. It is always a matter of extreme difficulty to effect the reduction of items m Committee, but for the first time for many years the work has been undertaken with a determination to .carry it out m a systematic manner. Judging from what lias already taken place, it is clear that all, or nearly all, v proposed increases to* salaries will be struck off, and that all services which can be dispensed with will be dispensed with. It is anticipated that the total amount of these reductions will reach from £50,000 to £70,000. In carrying out this programme the Opposition is rendering the most valuable, and indeed ""ecessary, service; but it is to be hoped hat m so doing they will not fall into the error of a reckless reduction, such as wDuld be calculated to demoralise the Civil Service, and perhaps deprive the colony of the services of some of its best officers. Retrenchment is absolutely necessary, but it should be a judicious retrenchment, for mere reductions of votes are not necessarily synonymous with true economy. Given that this is borne m mind, and that the estimates are intelligently criticised and amended, excellent service will this session be rendered to the colony by the action of the Opposition m Committee of Supply.
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RETRENCHMENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890, Incorrect date
RETRENCHMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2473, 24 July 1890, Incorrect date
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