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The first annual Conference of delegates from the different Dranches forming the Industrial Protection League of New Zealand was opened at Christchurch on Thursday. The delegates present were:—Mr J, M. Douglass, Invercargill Branch; Messrs W. Swan and E, S. Mantz, Dunedin Branch; Messrs D. Bellhouse and D, Shaw, Christchurch Branch ; Mr T. N. Horsley, Auckland Branch.

The following resolutions were adopted:— Moved by Mr Mantz, seconded by Mr Swan—“ That the minutes of the last Conference be confirmed ; and at the same time the delegates present deeply regret that the late Executive in Wellington should, by its apathy and neglect, have rendered the proceedings of the Wellington Conference almost nugatory.” Moved by Mr Douglass, seconded by Mr Swan—“ That the best thanks of this Conference be given to Mr Bellhouse, the secretary of the League for the South Island, fot his ability and excessive energy throughout, knowing, as we do now, that it is mainly through liis efforts that the League continues to exist,"—Carried unanimously. It was decided to revise the organisation and policy of the League, and the undermentioned rules were thoroughly discussed and ultimately adopted ; That this organisation shall be denominated the Industrial Protection Deague of New Zealand, and that its operations shall extend over the whole colony. That the objects of the League shall be as follows;—To formulate a general policy for the colony, based on the principles of Protection, To promote the development of New Zealand industries, and protect them from the unfair competition of the foreigner. To impose restrictions upon foreign immigration, so that our own labor market may not be flooded with the surplus population of Europe. To reconstruct the Labor Bureau with enlarged powers to enable it to cope successfully with the disturbing influences affecting the relations of capital and labor. To assume a firm attitude at parliamentary and municipal elections to secure the return of candidates pledged to support the principles of the League. That any person eighteen years of age or upwards may become a member of the League by contributing an annual donation of not less than Is.

That the government of the League shall be worked by an executive, consisting of a president, two vice-presidents, treasurer, secretary, and two representatives from each branch ; and that all manifestoes issued by the League shall be signed by the president and secretary. At Friday’s meeting, it was resolved on the motion of Mr Swan (Dunedin) and Douglass (Invercargill)— “ That a special Conference of the League be held in the City of Dunedin in the month of January, 1890, leaving the date to be fixed by the Executive.”

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PROTECTION LEAGUE., Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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PROTECTION LEAGUE. Issue 7929, 10 June 1889

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