FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' BILL.
(By Telegraph.—Press Association) CHRISTCHURGH, Thursday. The following motion was carried ttnnnmiously at the biennial session of the Independent Order of Foresters: —"That this Grande Lodge, representing the whole of the lodges of the 1.0.0. F., from the North Cape to the Bluff, desires to emphatically impress upon the Government the utmost necessity of amending clause 15 of the Friendly Societies Consolidation Bill, to the effect that provision for an adequate scale of contributions shall apply to all new lodges and existing mem hers of present societies; and also of retaining intact clause 16, in the interests of all friendly societies in Xew Zealand. MR. JOHN MeLEOD INTERVIEWED. Mr. .lohn MeLeod, corresponding secretary of the Manchester Unity of Oddj fellows, when interviewed by a "Star" ! representative this morning with regard jto tliis matter, said: "In the first place ! the order should read 'American Order of 1 Oddfellows 1 as I know they are meeting in C'hristehurch at the present time, and not the 1.0.0. F. The resolutions they have passed are in reference to the Friendly Societies Bill that was circulated towards the close of last session. To properly understand the position, it is necessary to go hack a bit. About three years ago, when the conference of Friendly Societies was held, shortly before Mr. Seddon's death, there were representatives present from all the Friendly Societies in New Zealand. That conference made certain representations to the Government for the amendment ot the existing Friendly Societies' Act, and one of those, which was carried unanimously by the M.U. Oddfellows, and supported by the American Order also, was embodied in clause 15 of the Bill, which reads as I follows;—"A society shall not be registered until the rates of contribution for sickness, death, superannuation, end annuity benefits, as set out in the rules submitted with the application for registration, are certified as adequate by the Actuary of Friendly Societies or by some other actuary who is approved by the Government, and who has exercised the profession of actuary for at least live years." To this the Government added clause Hi, which I consider is a most valuable one. Any reasonable person who reads that clause must admit that it is a wise provision. It is as follows: 'No Society shall be registered if any contribution provided by its rules for sickness, death, superannuation, or annuity benefits are of such a nature that they may increase in amount or frequency at any future time, or if any such benefits are of such a nature that they may decrease at any future time, unless the rules explicitly state to the satisfaction of the Registrar the particulars of that increase or decrease, in such a manner that any intending member of the society may be apprised exactly of the amount of contribution he will be called upon to pay and the benefite for which he will be insured, in each, successive year.'"
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