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Page 3 Advertisements Column 6, Issue 10443, 12 October 1897
ELECTION NOTICES. DUNEDIN CITY ELECTION. >HB ELECTORS ARE RESPECTFULLY REQUESTED TO SUPPORT THE CANDIDATURE ALEXANDEE SLIGO FOR THE VACANT SEAT IN THE CITY. HE 13 WORTHY OF SUPPORT ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS : • lit. That he is HONEST and STRAIGHTFORWARD, and has the ~ , COURAGE of bis CONVIOTION3. 2nd. That he is in SYMPATHY WITH and CAN BE TRUSTED TO UPHOLD the INTEREST of ALL GLASSES. 3rd, That he has, during his 35 Yearn' Residence in the Citjv IDENTIFIED HIMSELF with EVERY MOVEMENT for the ADVANCEMENT and BENEFIT of bis FELLOWCITIZENS; 4th. That he takes a BROAD VIEW of the Various POLITICAL the day, and will not be a MERE DELEGATE of a Section, ' >BUT A TRUE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE.-^* ■•■■*' .- ~. - ' ■ ■ FOR THE ABOVE REASONS YOUR SUPPORT IS SOLICITED FOR ALEXANDER SLIGO.
MR SLIGO IN REPLY. TO TH&EDITOK. IB, —Mr Poyntz knows well that what he *-' has quoted in reference to shopa' ha holiday applied solely to Saturday; but what matter, "any stick is good enough," etc. I shall always oppose a compulsory Satu-day halfholiday. I urged the hte Mr Fish to get the law as it stands, and I.shall tupporfc it, or tell the Electors when I change my, mind, and that won't hi duiing this Parliament. ALEX. SLIGO. DUNEDIN CITY ELECTION. MISS STATHAM will be in attendance at Mr SLIGO'S CENTRAL COMMITTEE ROOMS, George street (neir Octagon), ALL DAY TO-MORROW (Wednesday), to give Information to Lady Electors. J." M. SASDEMAN, Hon. Secretary. ■RATIONAL ASSOCIATION ROOMS, -*-' opposite Telegraph Offioa (next Bank of Australasia Buildings), Pre OPEN DAILY, and Members are invited to use same, and obtain any information they may require. DUNEDIN CITY ELECTION. TO THE UNIONS AFFILIATED WITH THR WORKERS' POLITICAL COMMITTEE AND THE WORKERS OF DUNEDIN GENERALLY. IELLOW UNIONISTS,— Owing to tho wholesale misrepresentations of your Committee's actions which have been made by Mr W. Hutchison and those associated with him In the present eleotion campaign, and which have been used as ad misericordiam -appeals on his behalf by Press correspondents generally, we feel ourselves compcliod, in your interest?, to place before you the facts concernin? Mr Gourley's selection : 1. We have to state emphatically that the constitutional oourse was observed in the selection. Nominations were called for, and three names [•not four) were submitted by the Unions in response—namely, Messrs H. Gour'ey, Lee Smith, and W. Hutchison. With these nominations before us it then became the duty of your Committee to ascertain whether these gentlemen were prepared to oomply with the constitution, . which requires the nominees to accept the platform, and at the same time to give a pledge that if not selected they will retire in favor of the selected candidate. On two previous occasions Mr Hutohison, perhaps bscbuse he felt himself secure, gave the required pledge ; but on the present occasion, doubtless on the ground that he feared the Unions. would not take up a defeated candidate, he disregarded all feelings of loyalty and allowed the selfish Bpirit to animate him, and refused to give the pledge which is essentially necessary if the workers are to tecure victory on occasions like the present. In an advertisement re his candidature, Mr Hutohison insinuates that the Committee had no regard for their constitution, but unionists will observe that it was regard for, not disregard of, their constitution that led your Committee to fall foul of that gentleman and raise his he. 2. The removal of P-auk 7 without referring it to the Unions is fallacious'y claimed by those who are feeling the sting of Mr Hutchison's r> ieotion to be an unconstitutional oourse. Let it ib here noticed that the constitution does not demand the submission of the platform or any of Its planks to the affiliated Unions; in faot, the constitution points conclusively to the power of the Committee to alter its platform, as Clause 3, which reads as follows, will show: "Delegates must present credentials of their appointment and a wrl'ten frjuarantce that their Society will abide by the final decisions of the Committee concerning the selection of candidates, alteration of platform or constitution." To serve their own ends our opponents aTe charging your Committee with deleting Plank 7 to suit Mr Gourley's political opinions. This is far from the truth, as the Committee have felt since the last General Eleotion that its retention meant the disintegration of the Labor pftrty, and your Committee feel that their action in eliminating the pUnk in question is in accordance *with the wish, of the large majority of the Uiions. Had your Delegates not acted constitutionally both in regard to tho selection of Mr Gourley and in the removal of Plank 7 some of the affiliated Unions would oertainly have entered their protest ere now. But, instead of any protest being entered, your Committee have the satisfaction of knowing that unaffiliated Unions have Bince met and resolved, to support your Committee's selection of Mr Hugh Gourley. ' 3. The charge against the Committee of allowing several Unions greater representation on the Committee than they are entitled to is a further-, misrepresentation. Instead of be'mg one delegate for 50 members of a Union, as erroneously stated, the representation is the same in all cases—viz , three delegates for each Union. 4. Neither the Premier nor any member of the Government has sought to influence' your Committee's selection. This we can truthfully assert without fear of contradiction. 5. Enough has been said to prove that our opponents are cither altogether ignorant of our cors'itution or wilfully misinterpreting it in the hope that your vote may be split. WORKERS OF DUNEDIN?— . The issue now lies in your hands. It you approve of our actions on your behalf vote straight for Mr Hugh Gourley. Although we disclaim being a party organisation, yet we cannot fail to appreciate the efforts made by the present Government on behalf of the workers of the colony, as is proved by the following measures which are now in force:—Women's Franchise, Compulsory Half-holiday, Arbitration and Conciliation~Act, Workmen's Lien Aot, Truck Act, Advances to Settlers, Employers' Liability, Establishment of Labor Bureaus, Seamen's Protection Act. Other legislation of' a progressive order is promised during the progress of the existing Parliament, notably Old Age Pensions and the Extension of Municipal Franchise, and we can confidently anticipate your coming forward in one solid phalanx to endorse your Committee's 1 action by Voting Straight for the Libkhal-Labob Ticket—- ! MR HUGH GOURLEY. i Signed (on behalf of the Workers' Political Committee)— J, NAGLE, Vfojj-pr.esidenlj,
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