Mr W. C. Walker, addressing his constituents at Eakaia, received a vote of thanks and confidence. His speech was mainly a criticism of the Hon. Mr Fergus. He combatted the statement that the Utovernmefat were entitled to credit for the surplus, as this was mainly due to the good harvest and improved prices, coupled with the failure of crops elsewhere. The tariff proposals and reinstatement of finance were carried by the assistance of the Opposition in the teeth of the Government’s own supporters, and the Opposition therefore were entitled to equal credit with the Government.
Mr O’Conor, speaking at Westport, favored the retrenchment policy of the Government and their proposed dealing with the Legislative Council. He condemned the so called protective tariff as destructive of the West Coast industries, particularly coal mining, objected to the
property tax, and advocated a progressive land tax with exemptions for improvements, an income tax, and the absolute stoppage of railway works, unless accompanied with subdivision and settlement of the adjoining lands. He said it would be a crime to continue the North Island Trunk Railway without a positive certainty of subdividing and settling all adjoining land. He supported the Government Electoral Bill. He received a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence.
Mr Guinness has been addressing the electors in the outlying portions of the Greymouth district. He was well received, and obtained votes of confidence and thanks everywhere. Mr Macarthur received a vote of confidence at Palmerston North. Ho expressed his intention of giving the Government a general support, although he would not consider himself bound to support them for party reasons.
Mr Downie Stewart, M.H.R., addressed a well-attended meeting of electors of Dunedin West in the Leith Valley Schoolbouse last evening. Mr Robert Rossbotham was voted to the chair. After speaking for about an hour a number of questions relating to local and other matters were put and answered to the satisfaction of the meeting, when a vote of thanks and continued confidence was carried by acclamation.
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PRE-SESSIONAL., Evening Star, Issue 7933, 14 June 1889
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