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'Hansard' Pickings., Issue 7966, 23 July 1889
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. Matters of finance have got into the way of being considered questions of mystery, and questions which none but medicine-men, so to speak, oan manage. We have heard the hon. gentleman termed, by one who has now resigned hia seat, " a baby in finance," and he did not seem to like it; and the difficulty with a great number of us was to find out whether that was the case or not. I should suggest to the hon. gentleman, if he wishes us to thoroughly understand him in these matterß, that he should condesoend to make all his statements in as ample and as idiomatic English as he possibly can. An old proverb says that in the kingdom of the blind the one eyed is king. It may be that we know nothing of finance, most of us, and it may be that the hon. gentleman, becauso he has one eye, oan lead us where he likes. I would suggest to him, therefore, for his own Bake as well as ours, that he should drop down to our level, and be in future as candid as he possibly oan be in these matters.—(Mr Walker.) OUR REAL CONDITION. The Governor expresses his pleasure at the much improved condition of affairs; but I should like to point out the real condition of them. The value of our imports iB 16,000,000, and wo have to pay, as interest on outside public and private indebtedness and profits of banka, money-lenders, and absentee landowners, L 4,000,000, making a total of L 10.000,000 : and all wo have to pay it with is about L 8,000,000 of exports.— (Mr Verrall.) A HANDFUt Ol' PEOPLE. What can a handful of people—some 600,000, one-half of whom are cooped up in towns, cities, and suburbs—do towards developing the agricultural resources of a country aa large in its area as Great Britain ? We have apent millions of money in opening up this country already, with the avowed purpose of preparing it for future settlement. We have spent millions in establishing tehgraphio communication throughout the colony ; we have spent millions on roads and bridges and other local works, for the purpose, still, of opening up the oountry, always with a view to its settlement; and apparently we are now asked to fold our arms and wait for a coming population, whioh will certainly not come unless they are helped at the expense of the colony, while in the meantime we are groaning under the weight of taxation which cripples individual resources and ties the hands of enterprise at a moment when they should be moat free.—(Dr Pollen.) TUB AUDI'S DEPARTMENT. The Audit Department was one that ought to be struck out. He remembered the time when it cost leas in hundreds than it now did in thousands. It had grown enormously, and had never done any good. Ho could point out many oases which had come before the House in which most improper payments had been made, and had not in any way been prevented by the Audit Department.—(Mr Saunders,) WANTS LOOKING INTO. He desired to draw attention to what was a disgrace and a scandal to the colony. Ladies of property were sent to the asylum at Sea* cliff, to be kept there at the public expense, when they ought to be sent to ««rivate asylums. The late Mr Bradshaw, Captain Fraser, and himself had tried to get these people out of the public asylum, but they remained as inmates there because their relations were aaviDg for their own purposes money which had been left to these ladies by their own husbands. He would ask the Minister to make inquiry into this matter, which had been reported on over and over again. It was not the fault of the inspector that this oontlnued.--(Mr Pyke.)
TIIE BIGHT HAN IX SHI BIGHT PLACE. It hvi been proved that in the past the Inspector of Lunatic Asylums had done his work well. From experience they know that he thoroughly understood the management of asylums ; and his vigorous, oonsiaerate, and careful management was known throughout the length and breadth of the colony, for the institutions had become a credit to him. He might mention one case In point: Dr Macgregorfound some fault with the management of the asylum at Nelesn, and ordered the removal of the superintendent. He (Mr Harknesa) endeavoured to use his influence to have that officer reinstated, but he found that Dr Macgregor was not the man to be moved, even by the wishes of a new member of a constituency, although his represents* tions were made, ef course, through the Colonial Seoretary. He had come to admire Dr Macgregor for the position he had taken up in that matter.—(Mr Harknesa.) PAYMENT OF OORONBBB' jrjEORS. Although payment of the jurors might cost a good deal to the country, the service without payment cost a good doal to men who could ill afford it. He did not see why, in cases of this sort, tho jurors should not be paid, just as in the case of jurors in Courts. He trusted that the Government would oonsider the matter, because it waß one of great importance to a large number of people. He did not think th.it the country had a right to ask men In daily employment to sacrifice a day'a pay for the benefit of the country. The men who had to serve on jurlea on inquests were treated exceptionally as compared with persons who were summoned to Bit as jurors in Courts, and who were paid a small sum for their services.—(Mr Taylor.) NOBODY CAN STARVE. The hon. member for Auckland West told them these enormous salaries were being paid while persons were starving in the colony. He did not believe that there was any person in such a plight j and, if so, it must be his own fault that it was so. This line of argument tended to misrepresent the colony, for it was not troe. No person could starve in this colony if he were inclined to work. That was an impossibility.—(Sir H. Atkinson.)
'Hansard' Pickings., Issue 7966, 23 July 1889
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