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REFERENDUM BILL.

("Hansard." Vol. 128, p. 106, July 1. 1904.) The Right Hon. Mr. Seddon (Premier) : Sir, in moving the second reading of this Billl desire to place before the House the vuw* r.f tin Gov«rnmint up in tha meas up. I feel sure that the Bill will be passed, It's practically the Bill of last year. It is a measure that has been a<*ked t>r by tbe country. .. _„„ IT HAS BEEN PASSED BY THK KKPBKBE«TATrVEH OP THE PEOPLE, AND, WITH SLIGHT MODIFICATIONS, HAS. BEEN TWICE BEJEUTED bY ANOTHER PLACE. - ~ , As lo its being slound in principle regarding piven qu'siinns going direct to the PeoD|«. there is no member ot (he House wbo wII den/ tbat MBM«ER- MOST ADMIi TBAT TO SUBMIT QUBSTIONd DIRECT TOTH*. PEOPLE 18 PROPER IN A SELF-GOVEIiNING COUNTBY LIKE NKW ZEALAND.- The statement that there ie anything to fear from the elector* in respeot to tbu. or eiv'ng them tho power to decide que-tions, is, to my mind chimerical. We have had the opinion of tbe people direct on given, subjects, and hive is at every general election; and I myself fa'l to see grounds f x fea.s.iuat are expressed by many in reference Ho submitting direct to the people that iv provided for under this Bill, ■ , ' . . Before leume to what I think has led to the introduction of tbe Referendum UUI in past, I would Ike to say that '< , .. there are one or two questions I think should be referred to the people. Qne question above all others is as to whether there should be Bib(e reading in our public schojb. ' .. . t I ever bean, and ramiin a stdadfait believer in our national and I ffou i b.i'ih3 last to do anything, that would j3opardise that great boon wnicn has been coui't !M?u upon the masses of the oo'Ony. '' , I am only the servant of the people, and for me to say that [would refuse, or had the power of refusing, to.thopeople the right to have this matter rerred direct to them - it I were to take up that attitude, I certainly would be placing myself in an invidious position, I would not be doing my duty, either to the country or the position which I occupy. ... ■ / There is no necessiiyfor ma to go into the question for or against the principle thathas been asked should be referred to the people. ■■ . All thisßill would do, if c ther the Bill is pa«ed or if resolution were passed—-he machinery provided in this Bill would allow such mat-.ers to gj to the people.

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REFERENDUM BILL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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REFERENDUM BILL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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