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Mr Pyke is an uncompromising opponoiib of triennial Parliaments, a poor honorarium, and the reduction of membars. Mr Arkwrig'at says that there are more luxuries m Parliament House at Wellington than there are m the House of Commons, ami a great sa\ing may be nwlo m this respect. For instance, there arc rooms for card-playing, and a library crammed, with novels, not like the House of Common* library, which has no n«vels m it; and then there is Bellamy's, which shows a deficiency of £2000 that the taxpayer will have to pay. At a political meeting at Drury* resolutions were carried protesting ;against further borrowing, and recommending reductions m the education vote ; t-lie reduction of salaries of Government officials receiving over £200 per annum ; certain amendments m the land la\v!s to prevent the possession of large estates ; the abolition of subsidies to local bodies, any money required by these bodies to be raised by taxing the ratepayers ; the reduction of the number of members of the Legislative Council to twenty, without payment: and the reduction of the Property t;ix exemption to £250. Mr John Lundon has resolved to contest the Bay of Islands seat. At Auckland a Commit! a, called the United Labour Election Committee, have adapted a platform for the elections, and it m to be ratified at a meeting next week, when the Knights of Labour and, Anti-Poverty £«3iety are to attend and discuss proposals for the elections. • . . Mr S. J. Macal'ster addressed ,the electors of the Wairau at Blenheim- last evening. He advocated the reduction* of members of the Legislative Council to one half, to be elected by the people, and vigorously attacked the Government on the Hutchison charges. He announced himself an independent candidate, and received a vote of thank 3. Mr Seddon has commenced his election campaign. He has been addressing meetings at different centres, and at Arahura he was presented with a purse of sovereigns by the electors who were m his former constituency. Speaking at ; Hokttika last night he advocated- the abolition of the Property tax, the imposition of a graduated Land and Income tax, and an alteration of the system of local government throughout the Colony. Ho spoke very strongly against the Union Steamship Company monopoly, asserting that the Company swayed the actions of Government and Parliament. The speech was well received. Mr Bernard M'Guire, formerly a member of the Grey County Council, has been requested to allow himself to be nominated as a candidate ' for Parliament m the labor interests. On Tuesday evening Mr Meredith met a large number of electors at Ashley. After speaking for some time, and explaining his views at length, a Committee of twenty-five were elected to secure his return. On Wednesday a similar meeting took place at East Oxford, where the candidate rereived a hearty receptioh. Mrs Clark, " Superintendent for Franchise of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, asks the " Lyttelton Times " to say that Mr Humphreys, one of the candidates for the Christchurch electorate, has hitherto been opposed tb woman suffrage, but " at her earnest solicitation has conceded the point." Mr R. Hursthouse, who was defeated by Mr Kerr for Motucka, is a candidate for Waimea-Picfcon.

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THE ELECTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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THE ELECTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890