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NAVAL CRISIS.

(To the Editor.) Sir, —It will be generally conceded that the almost unanimous feeling throughout the Dominion strongly favours assisting the Mother Country, if necessary to the uttermost farthing and the last man in the defence and protection of Empire; but it is difficult to understand that citizens who are given credit for being levelheaded business men, should openly praise the hasty action of the Executive in committing the Dominion to such a vast expenditure without first consulting j the taxpayers through their representa- j tives. Any person who has read past English history must have been deeply j impressed by the strenuous and lengthy I struggle of the people of England to secure control of the Treasury to public expenditure, and held it as a triumph of right to progress to have attained their purpose. But in New Zealand many appear to be proud to reverse the order by applauding retrogression to what appears to be an unconstitutional act. What appears to the writer would have been equally as effective to a far more praiseworthy method for the Executive to have adopted, would have been to have circularised, " without delay." the people's representatives throughout the Dominion. Then in the course of a few days at the outside, the offer could have been -forwarded to the British authorities as the united patriotic voice of the citizens of New Zealand, and not as that of a section whose overprompt action savours somewhat of self-aggrandisement. On the other hand, if it is agreed by a majority that the Executive were so well acquainted with the people's inclinations, etc., to justify their excessively prompt action, then it might also occur to them that a representative Parliament is unnecessary, and if so, a disbanding of that institution would effect a saving that would assist greatly in defraying the costs of naval protection.—-I am, etc., i ->~.■!:,.■■„.:, new; zbat.i&'se-r,

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NAVAL CRISIS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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