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HARBOUR BOARD BILLS.

(lo the Editor.) s .Y_Be letter of Mr E. \Y. Alison | issae of Wednesday last, in | B X„ attempts to extricate himself £_, untenable- position he took up Zte made an unwarrantable attack , a 4e Government at the recent meet- j Softie Citizens' League, is a remark; , 1 onnple of Krugenan "shmness f_ riltami that Mr_ Al.«m is alg__t adroit in evading the point __ J_ finds himself '-cornered This ( _t done in the laboured epistle publy _ your columns. At the meetpreferred to, in seeking to secure lv? of the Citizens' League to.beof the Auckland Har£r Board, Mr Alison waxed eloquent Li the uresent "undemocratic consti&sS body, and said the words S previously stated, viz., that The AofTtats back and made no cnangc SitsoeW in the constitution ot the „__=> Now, that was all he said on _,{ point when he moved the motion, said not then refer to two bills, in one JvMca the Government had made a __- and in the other of which they ____ It was that statement I derH and proved to be unfounded by re--3m to the schedule of the Harbours Si ion.—a voluminous measure which Uto presented to the Harbour Raids Conference in Wellington for oß_deraiion before being debated in Partest. When Mr Alison rose to reply any remarks, he then for the first time aH there had been two bills, and that '•it democratic franchise to which I referred was only' in the 'second' bill. _i_ the Govermnent had been forced to introduce by the adverse criticism with vaich tie first bill had been assailed." I interjected, "No; the bill you call the scond bill had been in the printer's lands before Parliament met, and neither bill was debated in Parliament." The Harbours Bui, 1907, was In my hands as a delegate of the Auckland Harbour Board, marked "confidential," from the Law Drafting Office, before it was introduced into Parliament, and the schedule was then the same as it was when the bill was read a first time in the House of .Representatives, and was never altered, as can be seen by tie copy in my lams, though the Conference suggested sural alterations. That schedule, printsi long before Parliament met, provided for the election of the borough and county members of the Harbour Board I by a direct popular vote. It is there- i .fore absolutely incorrect to say that the ■ schedule had been altered because of any | critickn levelled at another bill. In ! j mating this statement Sir E. W. Alison j has drawn upon his fertile imagination ior his facts, a process which often Rands him in good stead. Now, as to the "second" bilL Seeing that, owing to the great bulk of the Harbours Bill and the large number of amendments which the various harbour boards desired, it _ would be impossible to pass the bill in the session of 1907, a short m ld three clauses was circulated consolidating .the existing la.v as to the wastitutious of the harbour boards of MM,; Bluff, Lyttelton, Napier, Dtago.Warroa and Wellington, but addrepresentatives. But in each Ml as to the country members the Martase tvbs the direct adult vote and **_ffc«tiott of the county coun- !;' J^' "roughs were left as they ™« by the- s _all bill, as the measure i C_22_ ? onl y temporary, and it I country representatives tt__w - a discus3ion on llle biu II / ht lmi)eril its P assi °S- Now fa*, that the above two bills Ewff tel The ol * and only _Ti IS { ____»«- Prepared months CC^° ijmS their P"^iple 3 in U____ mlhoi P rese "ted for SSnS 8 , 0f tte HarboUr B -"d- - «_? tem P° St °P"= a P bill #3fiE? 6 ' a PP hed «* democratic *WnrV W>Uld have bee " "•«• A & c if he had Said ? t fiedto\Ts'i ce i - GOVeniiS! Mva«nJ n oiiis, and in one & otS a on t m ° CratlC fran '-«ise and in MbT It a P artialJ . v democratic * BewanL, ' s attitude ™ s wanted, by pretending to be Clir!" ' he adh «i°n of the ** 1 *fc Harbour Board elV and shi P™ner S -a ***U_l 1, pal P abl J" undemocratic of ' a T ai ' ed hinisell ' »* f'e ** Platform S^" B from a *«- "4 W-7? Use the Government _ if*"* *° their Principles *9* fraii.*; *, H tv Perpetuate for tar bo«r boards. f T com P lained to a ? sii «S Mr Alic" 7 , Steamer after th e H«r, Tl had "no idea that n 5 2 0^ to W at the _f * Alison" ght to have been noti_**ftt id a* of bis ' meetin g "no ?° tt ot the^,ru P °1 d in the c °nstiaDd Board - That **«/»_?* P° lnt in dispute Was _* h 2__2£* aDy ioof the Board? d M Ifr ai- and X Mid "Yes " __P bfii^ 8 case he is The second ; fr anchi s? ?•' I said £_»* Hake rlf r ° Ted t0 be in e Pitiefe_T A ,. htt,e heed °f the | Ihere is^,^ 50 ? a PPlies to mv-S^-HaVS 0 * ada e e that _S T SOnw P»ple is SsNSSba! to the studT ° f

pression when he threatened extermination to the Romans. Thus Mr Alison has undertaken the arduous task of "exterminating" mc. He will probably discover as he proceeds with his task that he has undertaken something beyond the powers of abler men. It will be good practice for him to try and translate the old proverb "Flet victus, victor interiit." The Aiisonian boomerang has rebounded and smitten him who discharged it. And |so has Mr Alison received his quietus.— I am, etc "W. J. XAPIEB. April 8, 1909.

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HARBOUR BOARD BILLS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 85, 10 April 1909

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