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Opposition to the hospital rate was expressed by members of a deputation representing the Auckland Province of the New Zealand Farmers' Union, which was received by the Waitemata County Council this morning. The deputation was led by Mr. R. C. Kruse, organising secretary for the Auckland Province.

Among the speakers was Captain S. S. Pennefather, president of the Henderson branch of the Farmers' Union and president of the Henderson Valley Residents' and Ratepayers' Association. He said that at a recent meeting in the district, a resolution had been passed unanimously opposing the striking of the hospital rate. Those present had been almost unanimously in favour of direct action being taken.

It was an iniquitous burden on one section of the community, instead of being spread evenly over the whole community, and it was considered that the money should come from the Consolidated Fund or be a charge against the Social Security Fund, he said. He thanked the council for the fight it was making against the hospital rate. Other speakers said that farmers could not afford to pay the rate, but it was increasing each year.

The chairman, Mr. H. T. Gibson, said he was gratified to know that when; he and Mr. Alec Bishop, a member of the council, went to the counties' conference next week, they would have the support of their ratepayers.

Mr. Bishop pointed out that if a majority of delegates at the counties' conference decided to take direct action, the Waitemata County Council would agree to the step. It was unlikely that direct action could be taken this year, however, as most of the county councils had already struck their rates. In the event of the proposal receiving little or no backing, the Waitemata County Council would not take direct action alone.

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HOSPITAL RATE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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HOSPITAL RATE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 169, 19 July 1945

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