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PRE-SESSIONAL., Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
Speaking at Temukaon Wednesday night, Mr Rhodes said that evidence of the more satisfactory state of the colony’s fimnees was afforded by the fact that our consols were about 10 per cent, higher than when he last addressed them. He regarded last session’s tariff as essentially a Protectionist one, and as a Freetrader consequently withdrew his support from the Government, merely taking up an independent attitude, and voting according to the merits of each question, as, with others, he saw no chance of any other combination being formed who could successfully carry on the Government of the country. He was opposed to the San Francisco mail service subsidy, or to any tinkering with the educational system. He received a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence.
Mr Samuel addressed the electors of New Plymouth last evening, when there was a large attendance. He gave considerable credit to the Government for their earnest efforts to retrench, and particularly to the Minister of Lands for his land policy. He hoped that Mr Richardson would never allow the Premier’s tendency to land nationalisation to rule the Government, He predicted failure for the new Railway Commissioners, but said they should have a fair trial. He deprecated the pessimist views of many of our leading politicians. With continued economy, and more hopeful energy in raising capital to develop the latent sources of wealth of the colony, he predicted a prosperous future. Whilst he would probably still continue a member of the he would not be a to factious opposition, or to any attempt to oust the present Ministry, unless he could see that a better one could be formed to replace them. An enthusiastic vote of thanks and confidence was passed, Mr W. P. Reeves addressed a crowded meeting at St. Albans last night, and received a vote of thanks and confidence. He claimed credit to the Opposition for having unselfishly assisted to reinstate the finances of the country. He attributed the delay and confusion of last session to the disorganisation of parties, and to the weakness of the Government. Sir H. Atkinson was a strong man wretchedly supported. The Opposition followed no leader, and the Government led no following. Party lines wanted drawing sharply. He would support a Liberal leader if he could get him. He would oppose the San Francisco service, the breaking up of tho charitable aid districts, any increase to the quota of country electorates, and would resist what ho considered the guiding principle of the Government— Centralism disguised as economy.
PRE-SESSIONAL., Issue 7921, 31 May 1889
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