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A deputation of 13 soldier settlers at Kopane, near Foildiug, accompanied by members of the Feildirig jEepatriation p'Board, waited on the Minister of Lands' to-day. Mr E« Newman, M.P. was also present. A number of grievances were mentioned, the principal one being that, the Goyernm.ent . had charged rent for the'first three months of settlement, during which time thq .soldiers were, unable to get on the land owing to tile' Government not fulfilling its promise "to supply fencing, etc. The soldiers claimed a remission of rent on this account.. The Minister, in reply, said the Government could not _ make at exception at Kopane, but after a heart, to heart talk he promised to bring before the Government the question of remitting similar charges all over the Dominion. The Hon. I). H. Guthrie told the deputation that he expected too much good would result from the appointment of supervisors of soldier settlements, and said the Land Purchase Board would find the innovation of local advisers valuable in future purchases. Mr Newman 1 suggested that the Government should make a name for itself by bringing before. Parliament a policy oi"■capitalising the rent, for the first year or, two of soldiers'. setlements' instead, of .inaking the soldiers pay rent. ...straight away. '■ " . . / ./ -■

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SOLDIER SETTLERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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SOLDIER SETTLERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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