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Mr McComba addressed a well attended meeting of electors on Thursday last. Mr R. Bruce in the chair, Speaking of the prioe of flour, be considered tbat in fixing the price at £11 15s per ton, Mr Massey was playing into the hands of the monopolists. Why had the Government allowed prices in many articles to bound up from 10 to 80 per cent,, instead of strictly enforcing the legislation enacted on the Ist August? The Commonwealth had done so, and strictly adhered to their decision. He would have free education from the kindergarten to tbe university, increased pay for pupil teaohera, which he •cmpared with other branches of the sivii

sptviu-, n. ~ iqual pay or equal workdjne by women teachers labour and its laws, } le considered Mr Messey not in sympathy with the wrrking classes, and spoke of attempted evasion of the lawd in the Huntly case. Three Labour B lis had passed the Lower House this swfion on'y to be thrown out by the Tory house packed witb Mr Massey's With an elective Upp»r Hou;e in"a few yars this institution, mor» Tory than the English Louse of Lord?, would cea=e to exist. With prrportionate representation he was quite ii favour, hay ing fought strongly for it this session It wa? one of the plank 3of the Liberal platform, and provided for representation of majority and minority. For instance, at Sir Joseph Ward's last election to office, the voting was out of 414,000, 236,600 voted for the successful candidate, while ihs remainder, 173,000, were practically unrepn - sented. This would, however, be provided for in the new bill. He was in favour of the nationalisation of the ferry service. The Liberal Government had done a good thing by instituting a State fire insurance This paid well and reduced the rate?. Why 6hould no' the State control tha ferry service, which would result in cheaper fares ■and f"eight;-? Why should not the country bent tit inßißud of »■ few BharpbnlderF. ;■ oon rtfter tbe recent *tr!k" the uhtrf labourers' wag*)* went up 2d „n hour under tbe new Kgreemeut. On one trip of the a.* Wnuika tbe pxtr« waves amounted to £11 Is B.i, while thecornpuiy by increase of freightage gained ' £60. Thus the company had a" credit on one shipment of nearly £49. Other examples were bIo read, bhowing where tbe increase went to. Regarding taxation, he would mnki the bu;den of the worker lighter by remitting customs duties on all articles not manufactured in tbe dominion, su.'h as crockery, linoieum, iron, etc, and gain increase through placing such a severe graduated tax on those in the upper dish's that it would be unprofitable to tium them, or rather to hold them. This would have the effect of breaking up l«r«e areas. In reply o a question by Mr D. O'Coonell on Binein-Schools referendum, le wUted that the people had a right to d c.d-) t< r thmiselvts, but the ri.jht should be recurrent, and, if more than one i i-ue were on the \o ing pipr, ibe matter o be decided by preferential voting. Mi- F. C. Aldridge muved a vo c of thanks to Mr McCombs for his interesting address.

This was seconded by Mr A. F. Leon irdo, and carried.

A vote of thanks to tbe chair was mo\ed by Mr McComba.


Mr M. J. Miller, Reform candidate for Lyttelton, addressed tbe electors of Little Akaloa in the Hall on Friday evening la t. Mr A. D. Mcintosh presided over a fair attendance, including several ladie3. Mr Mil lar's address was listened to with much in' terest, and he was accorded a hearty vote of thanks and confidence on the motion of Mr C. P. Kay, seconded by Mr W, Ashton. A vote of thanks to the chair concluded.

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LYTTELTON ELECTORATE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3459, 8 December 1914

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LYTTELTON ELECTORATE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3459, 8 December 1914

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