The Leader of the Opposition.
United Press Association—By Eleotrio Telegraph Wellington, Fept. 11
The Premier tendered his congratulations to Mr Massey upon bis having been selected as leader of the Opposition. Although he differed with the member for Franklyn on many political matters he had always respected him, and he felt sure that ho (Mr Massey) enjoyed the respect of members on both sides of the House. He felt satisfied that party government would prevail in New Zealand for some time longer, (Mr 1011: Not under present conditions) and under it no organisation was complete unless it had a head. Mr Massey's election would be conducive to the good conduct of the business of the House. He hoped that the good feeling existing would continue.
Mr Massey expressed his thnnks for the Premier's congratulation, and for his kindly sentiments. He believed that, in the first place,.it was the legitimate function of a Parliamentary Opposition to criticise the proposals of the Government, as the public, having both sides of questions before them, would be better able to form their opinions. It was also their duty to especially look after the finances and keep the Government up to the work. There would be no factious opposition from that side of the House. He regretted that the present Opposition party were numerically weak, but they were strong enough to make their influence felt. Though they would hit hard, he could promise the Government that there would be no attempt to hit below the belt.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXi, Issue 6066, 12 September 1903
The Leader of the Opposition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXi, Issue 6066, 12 September 1903
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