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At the Conference of delegates of Protection Leagues at Christchurch on Saturday the following resolutions were adopted : “ That as tho existing Tariff abounds with tho most absurd anomalies, it should undergo a thorough revision, and that in all future compilations the list of articles taxed for the purposes of revenue should bo kept quite distinct from thoso which are taxed to protect tho New Zealand producer. That all articles absolutely essential for tho manufacture of New Zoalaud goods, and which the colony itself cannot pro duce, shall bo allowed to come in duty free as raw material; but all imported manufactured goods or fabrics which can bo produced hero should bo taxed to that degree as would enable the New Zealand producers to hold their own against the foreigner. That the contemplated changes by the Government—namely, the reduction of tho members of the House of Representatives and the introduction of Hare’s modified system—is fraught with great danger to the democratic constitution of the colony; as the former, by enlarging tho area of the constituencies and increasing the canvassing expenses, will effectually debar any but rich men coming forward as candidates; and tho latter will still further curtail the political power of the people by giving an undue influence to the voice of the minority. This Conference therefore warns the Government to refrain from legislation of this reactionary kind, and to fall back upon the one man one vote principle in all municipal and Parliamentary elections. That the development of the sweating system in New Zealand, especially with regard to several branches of female industry, calls loudly for Parliamentary interference. This Conference therefore recommend that the Labor Bureau be reconstructed upon an enlarged basis and under a responsible head, so that it may take cognisance of all wage scales mutually agreed upon by employed and employers, adjust disputes by arbitration, obtain statistical information relative to tho labor market, and also act as an agency for drafting tho unemployed to districts whore their services may bo required without subjecting them to arbitrary conditions or unnecessary hardships.”

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PROTECTIONISTS’ CONFERENCE., Evening Star, Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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PROTECTIONISTS’ CONFERENCE. Evening Star, Issue 7930, 11 June 1889