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TO THE EDITOR. Sib, —In your article of last night, under the head of “ Royal Commissions,” I was perfectly horrified in reading about the waste of money on these Commissions ; and as I do not get a ‘ Hansard,’ would you inform mo under what Government this unnecessary and wasteful expenditure was incurred. There was certainly no parsimony there. Take the smallest of the items — L 250 for a Commission to inquire into the unemployed in Christchurch. Why, it would have kept a number of the unemployed, at 3s fida-day, during the winter. Then there is the Seaoliff Asylum Inquiry, L 743. What benefit did the public ever get for that sum ? We never heard of the men who were on their trial —via., the engineer, architect, or contractor—being called to account for it. It might be called money wasted, as the public never got any satisfaction for it. Most astounding of all is the item of L 20,459 7s Id for the Commission of Inquiry into the West Coast Settlement Act of 1880 by Sir W. Fox, There was neither temperance nor parsimony in this enormous expenditure. Can you further inform us what benefit the public have reaped from that expensive inquiry ? As to these two well-paid officials named by you, they might, as you very truly have said, have given the public the benefit of their services in the partitioning of the electoral districts without extra pay. It would almost seem that, when it was the public purse that was to be operated on, whichever party were In power were equally liberal in spending the public money on their friends and supporters. It is no wonder that the country is overburdened with debt.—lam, etc., Demos, Dunedin, July 10.

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