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A meeting of the Working Mens' Political Association was held m the Oddfellows' Hall on Satimlay,*Octobcr4th; Present Mr J. Keir (chairman), and about 50 others. Mr T. M. Jones moved the notice of ■:' niotion regarding local option standing m.his. name, which after an expression of opinion froril members was carried unanimously. It was decided to hold a special meeting on Saturday, 11th October, of all the members, for the purpose of finally confirming the platform of the Association, which up to date is as follows :-—" Repeal of the Property tax, and the imposition of a Land and Income tax. The immediate stoppage of the sale of Crown Lands, and cancellation of exist ing provisions for. conversion of perpetual Leaseholcling4 into Freeholds. The introduction of the Referendum enabling the people to reject or pass important measures upon which the Upper or Lower House may disagree.' Reform m the management of the railways of the colony. To secure the rights of labor, and the reintrodection of the m hole of the. Labor Bills rejected or dropped by the late; Parliament; viz.' Building Lien, Factories and Shops Bill, Eight Hours Bill, etc.; To Secure Woman's Suffrage, td further, amend the Local Option Bill, flOr that the' electors will have the power to say by direct vote.; m any district whether the licensed hoiises m that district be retained or nob. On the motion of Mr Higgin, it was resolved; "That it be a recommendation to the Committee that the Association should convene ijieetiiigs; throughout the electoral district."; The Committee were instructed to draw up a constitution, and report at next meeting. The meeting then adjourned.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2536, 6 October 1890