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LABOUR LEADER'S VIEW.

A FEVEH OP MILITAKISM. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent) WELLINGTON, tliis day, As Mr. McLaren, M.P., is the dire representative of' labour In Parliamen his views -on the Cfovernirieni's decisk will bear quoting in fuIJL .Mr, HeLar< said: "I am against the Government co aiitting the country to an expenditure • between £50,000 and £60,000 -a 3»e! irithout Parliament being consulted., : EC-ems to ine that this fever of militaris i* an artificial creation by the commerci , claeses for their own private interests, cannot shut my eyes to the fact thi there are very large business cancan siraed find controlled by private persoi which "must benefit very greatly by tl fomenting of war, and I am satiafled thj the antagonism between saph raoes s tb« Gtj-man? and "ourselves is ft Vei large an artificial creatien, at

is not <the outcome of. any reai hostility between -the masses of the iwo peoples. In any case the matter of the extension of military power is a question of policy which should "be very closely scrutinised, and should have full publicity given to it. It is most difficult to see, in the face of the present financial stringsnoy here, how the Government is justified in involving the country in such a large expenditure. If the executive of the Dominion is able, without calling Parliament together, to undertake such responsibility on behalf of the country, it appears to mc that you might almost as well abolish our Parliament altogether, and treat the as a Crown colony, taking its directions <#itire]y from the Imperial authorities." Apart from polities, concluded Mr. McLaren, he was against the offer as a matter of ethics, and he charged the Christian churches with failing in their duty in the matter of opposing the growth of militarism. It was a fine piece of irony and deep satire on "our so-called civilisation" that, if an appeal ■were made for a fifth of this large expenditure (voted for a battleship) for the-purpose of employing people for creating further wealth for the community, it would not receive a hearing.

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LABOUR LEADER'S VIEW. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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