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A QUESTION OF URGENCY.

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) WELLINGTON, this day. "From the accounts published so far by our cablegrams regarding the naval situation on the Continent, I can hardly understand tSe degree oTpanic that prevails," eaid Mr. R. A. Wright, M.P. "Possibly," continued Mr. Wright, "the New Zealand Government is in possession of more , information on the question than the ordinary citizenv" If it could be shown that there was an urgent necessity for such assistance as New Zealand w&3 prepared to render, Mr. Wright would support the present action of the Government, but he would like more evidence than was a-t preeent forthcoming, as to that necessity beftire the position_ in his opinion could be" considered critical. New Zealand was not in such affluent circumstances that it could afford -to expend a million or two unless it was absolutely demanded by the Empire's pre-eminence or safety being threatened or jeopardised. "Unless it can be demonstrated that the Imperial presfige wa« in danger," concluded Mr. Wright, "the projected expense, having regard to our financial condition, can hardly 'be justified."

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A QUESTION OF URGENCY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 70, 23 March 1909

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