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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT.

GOVERNOR'S SPEECH. Wellington, June 25. Parliament was opened today with the usual modest pageantry. The Governor's speech, if it was expected to contain anything interesting, was a disappointment; but it lacked nothing in the matter of bulk, the legislative programme being sandwiched between a resume of the year's events.

It .ia as follows :—"Honourable , gentlemen of the Legislative Council and gentlemen of the House of Repre--1 sentatives, —It is with sincere pleasure that I again meet you in Parliament assembled. During the recess I have visited many parts of the Dominion, and noticed with pleasure the general , contentment which obtains amongst i all classes. Settlers engaged in pastoral pursuits are prospering and in' dustries flourishing. Conditions of | labour which exist in the Dominion are, in the main, sufficient to provide reasonable comfort for the prudent worker. It is gratifying to be able to ; congratulate you upon the remarkable , prosperity of the country trade, as evidenced by customs returns, has been unexampled. - The value of the exports from our shores has reached an unprecedented height, and imports represent in moneys worth an amount never before equalled. On every baud are signs of advancement. Settlement of land is progressing rapidly, development is proceed* ing apace, and the Dominion is steadily becoming a ' country in which the small holders predominate. The intercourse which I have enjoyed with tbe people has served to confirm my confidence in their loyalty to the Throne, and devotion to our Gracious Sovereign. Under the land, legislation of last two sessions full effect has been given to intention of Parliament; Tenants of Crown and settlement lands have been enabled to acquire the fee simple of holdings. Tbe subdivision of privately owned estates is proceeding rapidly. Pas toral tenants have been granted right to elect between accepting full valuation for improvements at termination of existing licenses and a new lioense o\ec the whole part of tbeir runs at a revised rental. Closer settlement has been promoted. Legislation authoris ing the constitution of special road districts, providing as it does for expenditure moneys received from lands upon construction 'of roads and budges, is much appreciated, and will be of value to settlers liv ing in isolated parts of the country. Crown lands of the dominion which still remain unoccupied are being surveyed and opened for selection as circumstances permit. During last '' year a gratifying increase in revenue ! has been derived from Crown lands ;

and lirjd* for settlement estates My advisers are of opinion that no policy of land settlement is sound which does not include » progressive scheme for road construction, and propose to submit for your consideration a 4 measure for means of communication in isolated roaded districts Farther remarkable growth of aettlements and rapid expan sion of the business of the country duriDg recent years have convinced my Ministers of the necessity for a strong and vigorous policy of public works construction Several months ago the present general manager of 'Domi* nion railways commenced his new duties. He has since been engaged inspecting the various railway systems and its working, and the compreben* sive report upon this large State under taking which tbe general manager is preparing making recommendations which, if given effect to, will make the railways of tbe country more valuable to the commercial community aud more attractive to travelling public to carry into effect important works whioh must be undertaken to ensure proper and safe working of the railways of the Dominion". Inspection of Machinery, Masters and Apprentice?, Motor Regulation and License, Iron and Steel Industry, Fruit Preserving Industry, Inscription of Loans, Fire Brigades, Law of Libel, Local Authorities, Local Elections. Rating Land Laws, Contractors and Workmen*. Lien, Public Service Superannuation, New Zealand University, Victoria College, Council and other matters, I commend all tbe matters to which I haVe referred to your careful' consideration, and I trust that under Divine Providence your efforts to promote the happiness and well being of the people of New Zealand may ba successful."

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914

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OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914

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