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HANSARD PICKINGS., Issue 7996, 27 August 1889
OUR INLAND LAKES. These lakes would eventually bo sure to attract many thousands of people both from other parts of this colony and also from the other colonies, because of the great contrast between the scenery and climate of that district and that of the other colonies, and of the northern part of this colony. He and others had recently visted these lakes, and they were unanimously of opinion that they would be much more attracti''e and interesting, both as places of residence and of holiday resort, than Lake Wakatipu.—(Mr Mills.) DISTRESS IN AUCKLAND. When the Premier told him that no man need starve in the colony ho evidently did not know the condition of things in Auckland. ' Since he (Mr Goldie) had been in Wellington he had received a telegram from the Mayor of Auckland, who stated that there were eighty-two men employed by the City Council in stone-breaking, and that still a number of able-bodied men needed work. He had asked the Government for assistance, and had found that all they were prepared to grant was a miserable L3OO. That did not look as if things bad much improved. If further proof were needed it was found in the fact that for an appointment of L 75 a year there were forty-seven applicants, and when the Board of Education wanted a person at LI a week there were fifty-seven applicants There were i scores of men in Auckland who could get no , employment and were almost starving, and yet while this was so the House were increasing salaries of L 445. It was no credit to the House or to the Government to be making such a proposal to the House.—(Mr Goldie.) INSURANCE COMPANIES’ BILL. The principle contained in it, as he understood it, was one that would alter altogether radically the security which companies engaged in the business of fire and marine insurance at present offered, which now was unlimited. We were, in this colony, in a very peculiar position in respect to risks of fire. We lived for the most part in cities built of wood, and it was not at all inconceivable that, on a very small scale in comparison with Chicago, a disaster of that kind might occur in the colony. In this particular city of Wellington, windy place as it was, and although provided with a water supply and other precautions, an occurrence of that kind might arise, when not merely one or two dwellings might be destroyed, but when the whole city might be swept away. He wanted to know if a capital of L 50.000 on the part of an Insurance company would cover a possible loss in that case. He held that it would not.—(Dr Pollen.) A CHEEKY YOUNG MAN, Wo have the case of Sir Robert Stout constantly thrown in our face. It is most unfortunate that a gentleman of his position should have been kept out of this House. It has been suggested to me that it is unfair to blame the single electorate system for his exclusion; it ought rather to be put down to the peculiar character of the population of Dunediu. We know that a more pugnacious, a more litigious, a more quarrelsome race does not exist on the face of the earth. I have been very kindly treated in Dunedin, and have many friends there; but we know that, with all their good qualities, they are a peculiar people—that the average Dunedin public man is one who is only happy when he goes about the place looking for somebody to fight. And we know, too, that they are in a constant state of suspicion not only with regard to the other inhabitants of tho colony, but of each other. Perhaps this is owing to the depressing influences of the climate; perhaps it is owing to the fighting race from which they spring; but, be the cause what it may, there is certainly no such pugnacious, combative race in tho world. We have a very recent example of that sitting amongst us a gentleman who, having finished off his human enemies, having no more men to conquer, has started on a crusado against machinery. I admit that the average Dunedin man is never happier than when ho is fighting somebody bigger and stronger than himself ; and probably because the people there could not oppose Sir Robert Stout as an outsider just because he was an outsider, they therefore opposed him as a candidate for Dunedin merely because ho was a Dunedin man.—(Mr W. P. Reeves.) QUALIFICATION OF VOTERS. Mr Hislop: The elector’s right is issued having the person’s name signed, and it is intended in this way to check his right to vote. The returning officer may call upon the person presenting the right to sign his name in his presence, if his right is questioned. In that my there is an effectual check against personation. An Hon. Member : How about those who cannot write ? Mr Hislop: They cannot be put on the roll. It is intended, of course, that there should be a qualification of electors. An Hon. Member : Reading and writing ? Mr Hislop: The applicant writing his name. MANNERS! Dr Newman wanted to know when the colony would be called upon to pay the L 20,000 for the armed frigates that were coming out. Mr Fergus: When we get them. Dr Newman said if that was the way a Minister of the Crown was going to answer questions, all decency and order would be at an end. He had asked a simple question, and not only he but the country had a right to a reasonable answer. Mr Fergus said that at present there was no possibility, so far as he understood, of their being ready that year. Ministers had no information on the matter. The hon. gentleman had as much information as the Government had., , ,
HANSARD PICKINGS., Issue 7996, 27 August 1889
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