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CHARITABLE AID., Issue 10451, 22 October 1897
i ;W,EMtfNGTON, October 22. ; A: of member* of the Charitable Aid waited on the Prenaier. and thellHbn::Mr.Walker tHif raprn%, ; and placed"'before them the decisions arrived at pn themora important subjects'idealt wfth.by the Conference.. The Hon; Mr Walker, as the Minister in charjgeof the Charitable Institution Dapartment,' said that the Conference had gone, in respect to' generally on the right roadir'. He agreed that the body which raised funds' should expend them, and admitted .that.there Were anomalies existing under thepregent charitable aid system. Though the question of charitable aid had not be*en settled in any country, he considered'that purrpresent system was a great improvement on that which preceded it/ and a; certain; amount of, advance been made. The whole system, however, required Revision, and the deliberations of the Conference would ; ;throw light-on the matters needing" reformj and they would receive every consideration from the Government. The establishment of labor farms contained the truest solutions of the charitable aid question, and' ;the Government were cordially anxious to co-operate wi th charitable aid boards in that direction. He' referred to the paucity-6f information available; respectingJ/.charitable aid, and considered that the supplying of information askedfor in the circular from the department would-entail but little extra clerical work and would be of great value. The Premier said.that the colony, the Government, and the Parliament were deeply indebted -to: the.'members of . the Conference for their efforts to reform the charitable aid-system. He had watched the proceedings of* the Conference carefully, and Tvas agreeably, surprised to find that there was a consensus of opinion in favor of charitable aid districts remaining as at present, arid against any subdivision of districts:. He had no hesitation in saying that they had too much- government in the country. The Local Government Bill, which he intended reintroducing this session, went in the direction of-reducing the-number of local bodies. - Respecting separate institutions, he said that unless the boards accepted outside assistance the general public would button up their pockets, and it would be unwise to cut away all outside assistance. He considered that there should be a wider representation on charitable aid boards. Respecting persons who received charitable aid and who. were able-to work but were lazy, he said that the growth of this abuse was simply a; question of administration, and the boards were just aB much to blame as those who received it. If possible, without Unduly interfering with the liberty of the subject, he'thought some action should be taken to. prevent loafers becoming a burden on their fellows by sending them to gaol. In.connection With labor farms, he was in accord with the Conference, and he was of opinion that the law respecting wife desertion should be made so drastic that cases would become few and far between. The Government were most anxious to perfect, as far as possible, the charitable aid system. The representations made by the Conference would be placed before the Cabinet, and the result be noted when legislation was brought down dealing with local government.
CHARITABLE AID., Issue 10451, 22 October 1897
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