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Political Address.


Uiiitod Prosa Association—-T?yEle<*fcrio Telegraph. Winton, June 19 Sir Joseph Ward, Minister tor Hallways, addressed a crowded meeting at "Winton to-night. Ho received an exceedingly hearty welcome from au appreoiative audience, and a vote of thanks and confidence. After quoting figures indicating the prepress of the colony, the Minister pointed ont that the land and income tax had decreased from £4, Is per head m 1900 to .£3 12s !>d last year, and although the Customs taxation increased to 12s id per head since 189(> (5s 7d) that was for luxuries. Sir J. G. Ward paid a tribute to Mr Reeves, the High Commissioner, and said that arrangements had been made whereby the whole cost of mortgagees' accident indemnity will be borne by the Advances to Settles Department, "and mertgngees will not be called upon to pay premiums. The Shops and Offices Act should be amended during the comiDg session, and reasonable closing hours fixed. He promised to deal later with some railway matters of interest to the public and the railway service. It had been decided to carry ground lime free, the same as unground. ITe declared that the State had a duty to pi-rform m pr,Tiding a superannuation scheme for the Civil Service, and he thought a scheme could be devised including the Civil Service, public bodies and employers too if they wished. There was every chance of representations m regard to th.i reduction ot batter freights being success- ■ ful. He did not favour the abolition of the Upper House or election by the people. If there wero aty change m the Legislative Council, it should be elected by the House of Representatives. Sir Joseph Ward took no exception to the formation of an independent labour party, but he thought the conditions of the workers did not warratft it. He urged reciprocity m trade with Australia, Canada, 1 and other countries, where sound business arrangements could be made. As to railway construction, the Minister sounded a note of warning m regard to pressure for new Unes.and binding members to insist upon each vote being expended within a year. The lines now m course of construction would receive a very lar»e sum this session, and the North Main Trunk line Bhould be regarded as the one line of the greatest national importance. The Midland and Otago Central should also be carried to a point of completion, and then other lines could be more vigorously proceeded with. The OrepukiWaiau line would also receive consideration, A large programme involving the expenditure of .£500,000 was foreshadowed, m regard to roading, and larger provision would also be made for extending telephonic communication between the interior and towns. As a result of an interview with the Federal Postmaster-General, be hoped the time was not fir distant when wireless communication would be established with Australia. He would submit a scheme to the Cabinet. The matters to be dealt* with this session would include the development of motive power from rivers, classification of the Civil Service, increase of teachers' salaries, settlement of native lands, encouragement of scientific prospecting for gold.tree-pianting, irrigation, a superannuation scheme for teachers and civil servants, and the opening up of fresh markets. Sir J. G. Ward's opinion was that unsettled native lands should be acquired at a fair value, and the money invested for the natives; this would produce a larger income for them, and promote settlement and production. As for the Vancouver service, Sir J. G. Ward,was sorry that the Government's proposal to give if the steamars from Vancouver called at New Zealand instead of Brisbane, had not been accepted.

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Political Address., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905

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Political Address. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6600, 20 June 1905

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