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The Maniototo County Council, at their last meeting, carried these resolutions “ That this Council having, at the request of tho Kyeburu Miners’ Association, read and considered a copy of a petition agreed upon at a conference of delegates from certain mining associations in the provincial district of Otago, and forwarded to the Hon. the Premier, which petition prays for the abolition of the gold duty, and suggests a method of taxation of mining property in lieu thereof, as also prays for certain changes in the law which are required for the hotter protection of gold in process of being won in claims and tail-races, resolves as follows : (1) That the gold duty should be abolished, and that mining property should be subject to taxation according to value for local purposes, in the same ratio as landed and house property ; (2) that tho difficulties in tho way of mining property beiug so taxed are, in this district at least, purely imaginary ; (3) that the Government should, if possible, adopt means to secure for gold producers a better price than they now obtain ; (4) that well-cousidered legislation for the protection of mining property, which need not, however, go quite so far as the Mining Conference asks, is absolutely necessary, as the reports of robberies of gold from claims and tail-races are becoming more frequent, while punishments under tho law as it stands are quite inadequate.” The following telegram has been received by the secretary of the Lowburn Miners’ Association : —“ I quite understand that the Otago miners are willing to pay ordinary rates on a fair valuation, and that county councils confer no special benefits on miners as a class ; but tho question is not now putting on special class taxation, but alteration of arrangements which have existed for many years. I freely admit that the present arrangements are not satisfactory, but have not yet been able to see my way to propose satisfactory alterations which will suit tho colony generally. I am giving atteution to the matter, and hope to bo able to arrive at a solution, but fear it is impossible to deal with tho matter this session. If we could only do everybody justice this would be a difi'erent world.— ll. A. AtkinSON.”

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MINERS’ GRIECANCES., Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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MINERS’ GRIECANCES. Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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