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The Premier at Christchurch.


United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph. Chrtstchurch, June 9 The Premier spent a very busy day here starting with a visit to the Waltham school, and afterwards receiving several deputations. Begarding the overcrowding at the Waltham school, it was stated that, allowing 12 square feet to each child, the capacity was 368, whereas the present roll number •w&b 668. The Premier, replying to deputations, said that Mr Hogben, Inspector General of Schools, had recommended the addition of two rooms, but, looking to future require mentf, he would recommend the Cabinet to have three rooms added. A deputation consisting of Messrs T. J. Smart and P. Fender brought under Mr Seddon's notice the resolutions passed at the recent conference on social questions The Premier eaid the questions would be referred to the Minister for Justice. Referring to the iniquity case made public by Mr Taylor, M.H.K., Mr Seddon said he had every reason to believe it was not an isolated one, and it was the duty of the Government to make the law effective m such oases. He thought a place should be established for young first offenders, where they would be more strictly treated than at the industrial school', but not the same as at gaols. The inmates would be given in 1 dustrial instruction to enable them to earn an honest living. Discretionary power should fee given Magistrates and Judges to clear the court of persons during the hearing of certain cases. A deputation saw Mr Seddon regarding the site and buildings for the technical classes. The Premier stated that the Government grant of ,£3OOO was still available, and if the Education Board did their part the grant would be paid. He thought the Act might be extended so rs to vest the authority m the City Council, which would bring the law into line with that of England. He declared that be preferred central to local control, but he criticised the careless expenditure of money by some of the Education Boards, as Wellington and Auckland for example. A deputation from tho Tailoressos' Union introduced by Mr Ell brought up the question of the alleged importation of contract girl labour from Australia by the Kaiapoi Woollen Company. The Premier reserved his opinion on the matter till the company's side of.the question was before him. The Premier presented a Charier to the local branch of the Liberal and Lubour Federation to-night. The meeting was held m a small hall which was only fairly filled. Mr Seddon taking the platform of federation as his text elaborated on each individual plank. He quoted a number of tables showing the increase m land values from 1883 to 1903, the area and position of the lands of the colony, the area of land held on lease m perpetuity, the value and extent of education endowments, and the number of factories and employers. He did not deal with any policy questions.

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The Premier at Christchurch., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6592, 10 June 1905

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The Premier at Christchurch. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6592, 10 June 1905

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