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MR MACKENZIE AT NASEBY.

[By Odr Special Reporter. 1

NASEBY, Jun-k 15,

Mr Scobie Mackenzie addressed his constituents in the Town ilall here last night in a spoech that on all hands is considered the best he has yet delivered. He was very bold and outspoken, even to the verge of indiscretion, but completely carried audience with him. Ho stated that if the Reduction of Members Act came into force ho could hardly hope to contest the Mount Ida seat again, as the district would be so large that he could not manage to do so. He had opposed the Bill when it was unpopular to do so, but if anyone wanted to upset it in an underhand way, they should have no assistance from him. He gave figures showing the substantial nature of the reductions in the Public Service, and gave the Government credit for them. He dealt trenchantly with the "parsimony" of a parsimonious Government. That was a contradiction in terms. The position of a government was exactly the reverse of that of an individual. An individual had to be decently economical in order that he might live; a Government had to bo extravagant in order that it might not die. The L 207,000 of protective duties was so much added to the permanent charges of the colony, as no surplus of the future could ever be applied to the reduction of them. It was probable the Protectionists would never allow even the primage to be remitted, though it was only imposed for two years. It was fortunate the improved circumstances of the colony had come so soon, or the Protectionists would have sworn that it was due to the increased duties. Honest surpluses could pot be got for years to come, as each year the revenue ought to be charged wtth roads, bridges, and other things that were now placed on loan. Although the loan expenditure was reduced, not a single step was taken to provide the stoppage of borrowing, and Mr Fergus's vague remarks were promptly corrected fronT Wellington. Sir H. Atkinson was a Vogelite, with his propensites repressed by the exigencies of the colony and the pressure of the better class of his followers. The patent cause of the socalled disorganisation of the House was the fact that accident had years ago placed Sir H. Atkinson at the head of the wrong party. His adherents were attracted by the sterling qualities of the man though repelled by his politics. With his nationalisation of land, Protection, borrowing, and expediency proolivities ho ought to be hand and glove with Mr Ballance. Then the Houso would l divide into two strong parties at once. A vote, expressing confidence in Mr Mackenzie, endorsing his action in the past, and expressing a hopo that he would not retire from public life, was unanimously passed. The meeting was a very enthusiastic one.

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MR MACKENZIE AT NASEBY., Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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MR MACKENZIE AT NASEBY. Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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