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The Plain Truth.

The details of tho Hare system have been but little studied, and an impression has got abroad that these are both complicated and confusing. Indeed, many members of the House have freely confessed their inability to understand it; they either have not examined it or their minds are unequal to the task of grasping its purport. This we regard as a very humiliating confession, one degrading alike to the incapables themselves and to tho electors who sent them to Parliament. As to the complications of the system, we are perfectly certain any teacher of a country school could carry out an election under this system with his pupils, appoint a third standard boy or girl returning officer, and have the result deolared within a few minutes without a single mistake. But, howover simple and easily understood the system may be, it apparently is quite beyond the comprehension of a large number of membere of Parliament of New Zealand. Another popular objection to the system is that it would be likely to result in the return of rich men. Those who entertain conscientious fears of such a result, and who believe it would be detrimental to the interests of tho country, should agitate to have a clause inserted in the Bill dicqualifying from a eeat in the House all

possessing an income of Hay LI 50 a-year. But has it come to this, that men of wealth, intolligencß, and culture are regarded as criminals in New Zealand, and are to he debarred from takiDg that part in public business undertaken by their class in every other country under the sun ? Would such be the most likely men to exercise an influence against the progress and prosperity of the country and the wellbeing of the community? Is it in this direction their influence and efforts have been directed in the past? Certainly not. The largo majority of the evils from which the country has suffered have been the work of penniless adventurers—unprincipled men who have succeeded by a local reputation know* aa "Bharp" in obtaining seats in Parliament, and thus have been afforded an opportunity of playiug ducks and drakes with the finances of the country. These are the men the political and financial adventurers and gamblers the constituencies should gnard against and debar from having any influence in the conduct of public affairs. But with small electorates such men will always succeed in finding their way into Parliament, and this for the reason that many of the electors have come to believe that by the aid of such " smart" and unscrupulous men will they be able to secure the larger share of the public plunder. The cure for all this, as we have urged for many years, is the enlarging or grouping of the electorates and the adoption of the Hare system of election. —• Clutha Leader.'

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The Plain Truth., Evening Star, Issue 7952, 6 July 1889, Supplement

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The Plain Truth. Evening Star, Issue 7952, 6 July 1889, Supplement

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