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Mr J. Crawford Anderson addressed a number of his constituents at Kaitangata on Thursday evening, Mr W. M. Shore presiding. Mr Anderson said that the country just now required intelligent and careful management, and he believed the Government now in power were the men who would carry out to the best of their ability that state of careful economy which was necessary to the colony’s advancement. He had aided in the work of retrenchment hat session, and referring to the land laws claimed that they had been liberalised, as was evidenced by the fact that more settlement had taken place within the last twelve months than in any year since 1881. fle was opposed to any subsidy being paid for the San Francisco service, and defended the property tax, which he preferred to a land and income tax. He was a member of the Young New Zealand party, which had earnestly gone in for economy, and had set theirfacesagainstall harbor board borrowing. In conclusion Mr Anderson said that when he went into the House his first order from liis constituents was to study economy and go in for retrenchment. This he had done. He confessed that he might not have done his duty inasmuch as he had perhaps kept too quiet; but after all silence was to some extent a virtue in the House. There were far too many gas-houses in Parliament who wasted the public time and money. He

had been blamed for having kept too quiet and for making one or two odd mistakes, but the best man was liable to blunder, lie acknowledged that he had made some errors, but he had not made them intentionally. However, as far as voting was concerned, he had voted in accordance with the interests of the electors. In answer to questions the speaker said he was in favor of the Catliu River Railway, but he did not know where the money was to come from ; he favored an increase of the capitation grant to volunteers as soon as funds permitted ; he would do bis best to get Kaitangata represented on the Clutha River Trust; he believed in- the abolition of the cumulative vote in connection with the election of school committees. On the motion of Mr Robertson, seconded by Mr Morrison, sen., a vote of thanks and confidence was accorded to Mr Anderson.

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PRE-SESSIONAL., Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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PRE-SESSIONAL. Issue 7928, 8 June 1889

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