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MR BROWN'S ADDRESS.

Mr James Brqwx may be cori|jtatulated upon having made a Very creditable debut as a candidate for Parliamentary honors. With a little practice he will make an excellent public speaker, many of his sentences being very neatly turned and his I manner easy and self-possesaod. With some of his remarks we were glad to be able to agree, but from others we decidedly dissent. We were glad to find that he takes a correct view of the levils: of the Party system of Government as we have it m New Zealand, and is strongly of opinion |;hat a more sensible and busjness-lifce method of choqsing anExeputive than. n.qwobtains should be Adopted. But as we have Party at present, and can scarcely nope to get rid of it without the steady and repeated efforts of afc least two or three years, it is important to know with which of the two existing Parties the several candidates now seeking the uffrages of Ashburton elector! would, if returned, support. As to Mr Brown's sympathies—though he gave no precise declaration of adherence 1 either'to the Government or to the Opposition, the direction of those sympathies was plain enough, Jijg criticism of Parliamentary proceedings being levelled^ almost entirely at jbhe fatter, while ■was almost as entirely re^ervecr toj; Ministers aiitl measures. |Ie niay therefore safely be set dq-wn as a j Ministerialist. go fait- %n' (Mrj Puraejl'being Gpyw^eßt

supporter) we have m the field two Ministerialist candidates, and one Opposition—Mr Walker—while Mr Wright whohas jfftt to declare hisplatfonn, larifdoubtless be counted either Ministerialist or Independent, But to return to Mr JsJroiro. Hi« defence of the Minister for Lands "Was exceedingly weak, and exhibited on Mr Brown's part a childlike faith and simplicity, /which were positively amusing. Mr Brown cannot surelf have read the evidence attached to the report of the Waste Lands Committee on Dummying—part* of which report only by-ibho-bye he quoted, carefully omitting the Committee's distinct'declaration that' the dummyisin enquiry had " shown conclusively that the Land Acts have been m a number of instances evaded by false declarations, made with a view to dummying." Had he read that evidence he would have seen tiiat not only had there been the class of cases, to which he referred as quite venial matters (m which the bona fide settler, to give himself the better .chance m a ballot, puts m numerous applications made by members of his family), but also another class of cases m which the whole intention is to defeat the objects of the 'iA:ct, such as the dummying of the Let R? hind m the interests of the New Zealand and Australian Land Company. Does Mr Brown think that soVt of thing should be permitted ? If he does not, how can he hold the present Minister blameless, who, m the face of proven facts of this sort, never so much as lifted his little finger last session to put a stop to it 1 As to the incidence of taxation the candidate's views are by no means clear., Having declared himself opposed to a Land and Income-tax,.he subsequently stated that he would accept these m lieu of the Property-tax if it could: be shown that an equal amount pf revenue could be raised thereby without increasing the burdens of farmers, ; and further advocated a special progressive Land-tax upon large estates (as we gathered) up to as high as la 4d m the £„ His views on the Education question were very plainly, pjcit.. . Heis against Bible reading in;schtools, and m favor of aid to private schools, holding that the exist-ence,-of the latter will m no way injure the State Schools, and therein we agree with him. He is a strong Federationist, and would vote for the inclusion of New Zealand m an AiistralaSian Federal. Union, and though not himself a; Blue-ribbon man, or Good Templar, or anything of that sort, declares flor Prohibition without com--pensation-., provided that two years' notice be given to any publican whose house is to be closed. Like all other candidates frr«ry where, he,' is a. £ibnborrower, and as to the- railways 'he holds that they should be managed m the interests of the settlers, and not on' amererevenue-producing system. Such are the salient features, of the political c'iieed of the "Wakanui candidate who, no doubt, will meet with a good share of support, though we scarcely think he is likely to head 1 the poll.

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MR BROWN'S ADDRESS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890

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MR BROWN'S ADDRESS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2553, 25 October 1890

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