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Mi , R. Bruce presided over an interested assemblage in the ball on Wednesday evening, briefly introdue w<? Mr Milieu as the Reform candi date for the Lyfctelfcon district.

Mr Millor got to business on the aaval question, drawing attention to tbe part recently played by the Aua tralian detachment. The erstwhile [detractors of the '■ tin pot" navy across the Tasruan Sea were now re covering from a shock, and legislation had been passed, though not yet carried into eiiect. which would necessitate this dominion shouldering her part of the biudan. Referring briefly to the strike, the speaker stated that the satisfactory handling of this mat ter was a credit to the Government, und he thought that the lesson learnt would not be wasted upon a great number of those who were still.suffer ing from its effects. The chief alfcera tion in tbe grnrlnated tax was the imposition of a 25 per cent, increase on Iboae over £30,000, instead of pre viously £10000 This taxation re -ulted in 31 estates, averaging 3800 >ieres each, being sold to 142 pur chasers. As there were many more a-tafces in this category, the wisdom,of shis legislation was patent- Tbe re-

form of t,hp. civil service, relegating control to iha commie loners, svas a j wise net, which was giving great | ■satisfaction in allaying uueasy feeling j regnrdicg favouritism Bringing these employees into line with other workers the Government; decreed that alloveitiine should be paid for. It had also dMilared that £140 wa3 to_ be the minimum wage for all married men iv the service, The increase in salaries iv this department amounted to £51,000 unnualiy, while the new organisation showed a saving of £60,000 per annum on the old system, Wbiie on the subject of increases in salary, he mentioned that be following had been massed: —j Railway employees £129,000, school j teachers £100,000. police £18,000 and j post and telegraph £43,000. This was a most solid contradiction to the assertion of the Government's opponents, who had said that Mr Massey's interest in the workers was very meagre Regarding the prosperity of the dominion, the exports of lust year were easily a reeoid, and the returns of 19M to date were far in advance of even last year's, As the land was mainly responsible for this increase, it could bardly be said that tbe country was going to the dogs, Note, he said, the increase in the State Government Insurance. The figures in tb.3 Government reign 2} ( years were £88 381, I while the previous 2.V years showed £16,248 , in the Public Trust during 1909 10 11 £33,829, whila 1912 13. 14 showed £tf2,698 The railway de. partment was in Mr Hiley's hands and that gentleman was greatly experienced. The speaker mentioned that there were 20 branch lines under construction, but uDder tbe advice of Mr Hiley only four or five would be immediately gene on with and com pleted. These would then be revenue producing almost at ence. The proposals regarding the Lyttelton tunnel, railway yard?, and ferry service were excellent, and were much needed. Speaking of workers' homes, he asked hi 3 audience to compare the following; Previous Government in Gh years 209 houses at"a cost of £94,622 , present Government 21- years, 345 houses at a cost of £101,632. These houses in 21 years become the property of the workers at a very low rental including sinking fund. The Old Age Pensions amendments were an example of humane legislation introduced by the Government. The following were mentioned as most noticeable. The age limit in case of female pensioners bad been reduced from 65 to 60 yearsi The limit of joint incomes was raised from £90 to £100. Investigation of claims in open court bad been abolished. The pensioners position was not affected by any increase in valuation in the land adjoining his property Widows and children were now boun« tifully provided for according to the number of their offsprings. For instance, if a widow bad nine children she would draw £60 per annum instead of £30 as previously. The pension is now available to the wives of inmates of mental asylums. Tbe Go vernment's action in making the maxi mum military pensions to veterans of the Maori war £36 was generally applauded, and the pensions now annually paid to 1500 veterans amounted to £49 000. Mr Millar concluded by statiog that the time at his disposa 11 was quite inadequate for covering any large area, but that if tbe sort of legis iation outlined by him met with their approval, they could show their appre , ciation on the 10th of next month, Mr S. W. Grotty moved and Mr T. Mclntosh seconded, that a hearty vote of fjihanks be accorded to Mr Millar for his able and interesting address. The motion was carried unanimously, after which Mr Millar proposed a vote of thanks to the chair. OTHER MEETINGS. Mr Miller spoke at Okain'a last night. He speaks at- tbe Little Aka loa Hall to night PIGEON BAY MEETING POSTPONED. Owing to the schoolroom being engaged for Monday night next, Mr Miller's meeting at Pigeon Bay Las been postponed indefinitely.

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LYTTELTON ELECTORATE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3456, 27 November 1914

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LYTTELTON ELECTORATE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3456, 27 November 1914

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