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j INVITATION" FROM INVERCAKOI LO. I !>!■:< "ISION IN A WEEK. ! (By I'elegranh.--Press Association.! DVXEDIX, this day. j >crn In a '"Star"' reporter when pas- . - ng through Duiiedin on his way lo j 1 hristcliiiiv.i. si,- .Joseph Ward said lie. I ha.l nurtiing to report regarding his j political intentions, beyond n promise; j thai he would give a reply within 11 week, to a request that he should contest the! i invereargill seat. Sir .lusepb has been! ! of the death of his brother, late j postmaster nt f'hristcihurch. I HAWKE'S BAY SEAT. j ! INDEPENDENT REFORM SPEECH, j ! il?r Telegraph.- Press Association., I IfAS'ITNIiS. this day I -"sir Andrew Russell. Independent. Re- ; j form candidate for llawke's Bay. gave his j J initial address to the electors of Hast- j 1 irigs la-; night in the theatre, which was I crowded, and he made a most favourable impression. Explaining why he was standing as an Independent, he .-aid he I absolutely refused in place himself unreservedly in the hands 01 any part. : he 1 h»Wfd to himself tiie right oi open vriti- ! .ism of any measure. The country needed stability, and he believed Reform could maintain it, but he did not think either jof the other two parties could. Although each ha.l planks in their platforms which he could support, on a no-confi-dence motion he would support Reform. He felt the greatest need was a very progressive land policy. In New Zealand increased land settlement was all important. Interest on borrowed money bad to be jiaid by the primary produce of the land, and they must increase' the number of producers to distribute the burden of taxation. Increased-'settlement meant increased demand for labour, and a closer settlement scheme pushed for all it was I worth would provide employment for all the emigrants they could induce to come (to these shores. In- addition, it was our duty to lind a place tor the surplus population of the Old Land, who were our own flesh and .blood. If Australia aud New Zealand were unable to occupy . their vacant lands they invited aggression from over-crowded' Eastern nations. : We also needed to develop our secondary ' industries. To do this we must have a. market, and closer settlement would provide it. The speaker advocated the most liberal treatment of returned heroes- Fie was accorded a very hearty 1 vote of thanks. i A PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL. MR. H. G. ELL'S POLITICS. C HRISTCKUROH, Wednesday. Mr. H. G. EH, ex-M.P.. and Independent Liberal candidate for Christchiirch South, addressed a small meeting of electors to-night. He aiked the audience to elect a chairman, but no action was taken, and tlie meeting proceeded without a chairman. He said he disagreed with the political views of the ' extreme Laltour party, led by Mr. Ifolland, and if Mr. Holland got into power he would vote him out. The candidate said he was a progressive Liberal, stand-. , ing in the interests of the workers. It entirely depended on what the' Liberal .' party's policy was as. to .whether he would vote to turn Mr. out-i : There were some -planks in the Liberal party's policy he dic._ftot affreeewith. Hfc' was accorded a vote of tlianks. - MR. WTLFORD'S OPPONENT. CBs Telegraph.—tVcaa Association.} WELLTXGTOX, this day. ! Mr. 11. D. Bennett, Reform candidate for Ilutt. opened his campaign at Lower Hutt last night. He said the electors were entitled to ask where tlie line of demarcation lietween Reformers and Liberals was to lie drawn. In the interests of the whole country the Reform apd Liberal parties should be driven into one camp. Sir.-Bennett expressed confidence that the country could recover prosperity quicker untfer Mr. Massey's leadership than any other. He described as £ tragedy what he described as "the Liberal flirtation with the Labour party," and asked where would the country find itself if one of the principal, parties intrigued successfully with Socialists to gain. the Treasury benches. Liberals would not survive the misguided steps they took in negotiating with Labour. The candidate was> accorded a I vote of thanks and confidence. j THE HURI'XUI CONTEST. j CHRISTOHLRCH, this day. I Mr. O- W. Forbes, Liberal candidate ! for Hurunui, speaking at Amberley, criticised the Government for retaining the 1 lirst-past-the-post system of election, and I advocated proportional representation. ' The Reform Press, lie said, made a great ( outcry, about danger from the Reds, yet j I it advised Reformers at the last election j ; to vote with Labour against the Liberals. 1 The cost of government under Mr. Mas- j I soy had risen from £11.825,001)' to ! J f25.4«6.000. The incoming Government i 1 must reduce the cost of government, j There was no attempt at reform in the j railway service, which was losing three | thousand pounds daily. The Govern- j ments soldier settlement policy was one | if the greatest muddles on record, lie | deprecated the introduction of the loyalty question, and denied that Liberals would accept office wMth the assistance of ; extreme Labour. . j j AUCKLAND ELECTORATE. ! j COMING EVENTS. Mr. V. 11. Potter. Government candidate for Roskill. is to speak this evening !in the Empire Theatre, Dominion Road. Mr. -T. Purtell (Labour 1 will address the Roskill electors at the corner" of Do-1 , minion Bond and King Edward Street j , to-morrow night. Mr. J. A. Lee. Labour candidate for j I Auckland East, is to speak to-night at j ' the corner of Mfjiinkaii Road dud Gar; J j Hold Street. ! j Mr. H. G. R. Mason (Labourl is toj ; add rem Eden electors in St. Thomas' j j Hall, Now Lynn, this evening, and at i , Avondaie to-morrow night. j Mr. R. E. llornblov." (Liberall. who is l to oppose the Hon. ,1. G. Coutes for Kai j para, speaks at llelensvillc this even-1 ! ing. anil Kaukapakapa to-morrow night. Meeting of supporters that have been | i announced include those of the Hon. i !{'. J. Parr at Henderson Public Hall toj night; or" Mr. A. E. Glover in the Central I Hall. Cook Street, this evening: of Mr. R. F. Way in the Foresters' Hall. Birkenhead, this evening; and of Mr. Clutha Mackenzie at bis committee rooms, in Symonds Street, to-morrow evening. Mr. R. V. Way. official Labour candidate, addressed a crowded meeting at mid-day yesterday iv the Dining Hall of; the Chelsea Sugar Works. He spoke for j over half an hour on the political and soeia' ,«SSiions of the day anil was accorded 'an excellent hearing. A very strong committee i.- at work in his interests in Chelsea and Birkenhead. , I

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SIR JOSEPH WARD., Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 260, 2 November 1922

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SIR JOSEPH WARD. Auckland Star, Volume LIII, Issue 260, 2 November 1922