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Property Versus Land Tax.

A very prominent member of the House of Representatives from the South writes to a friend in Auckland as follows:—" Some people at a dist&nce from the Empire city, hearing that Mr Moss's motion was only defeated by four, may imagine that this shows the feeling of New Zealand's representative!* on the subject of the Property Tax. I hardly suppose that you will take Buch a, superficial view of the matter, but yon maynot, at a distance, realise how very far it is= from the actual fact. The Opposition of course saw that Mr Moss had stumbled upon a proposal that might be made a clever use of. The country members were therefor© made to swallow for the occasion tbeir opinions on the relative merits of a land and! property tax, aad by the help of the Auckland members, who, though friendly . to the Government, were pledged to- vote 1 against them in this matter, it was hoped to> score a victory. I reckon that about elevtm men voted against the Government who, on the question of Property versm Land Tax, pure and simple, would be dead against the latter. These eleven would count for twenty-two in adi vision, and, allowing for one ct two, in spite of their tows-bred preference for a land tax, who voted for the Government, a vote on the question of taxation only would give a majority of a scora at least against the imposition of special burdens on the land. Mr Ballanee knows this, and hence his declaration in favor of a property tax • modified.' The farming element on, both sides of the House showed that it had its eyes well open to the real position of the case. I hope the Auckland men trill at any rate help to mend the law, and make it less onerous than it now is."

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Property Versus Land Tax., Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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Property Versus Land Tax. Issue 8006, 7 September 1889, Supplement

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