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Two ways exist of settling the question of inclusion or .ej'ction ot religiou.l instruction in the national schools. One is by the direot legistition of Parliament; the other by referring the decision to the people themselves, Tha former way has been tried eight times in New Zealand, and has resulted in,tho total exclusion of religious lnatruo. ion. what is the result? A gathering wave ol disc intent a nong those who prize religion as a national heritage has grown insensibly during the lust thirty years until now t occupies the attention of the whole country. It this a Mgn of the people'ei satisfaction with the system or otherwise? It is idle for one party to denounce this discontent > B unreafonable. The disoonUnt is there. Nay, is bids fair to swell uniill sooner or later its object ifi achieved in the deseoularisation ef the schools.of this Chiiatian naton. Tii c policy of direct legislation then has obviously failed to meet tbe needs of tbe case, lbo alternative course lies ready for statesmen to adopt, "rJroad.based upon the people s will, the national system, whether ultimately secular or including rel gicn, will no longer remain a disturbing influso cc above the political arena.

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REFERENDUM OR CAESARISM?, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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REFERENDUM OR CAESARISM? Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 4418, 4 August 1914

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