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J BILL BEFORE THK HOUSE. I [From Oca Parliamentary Reporter.] I WELLINGTON, October 27. ' In the House last evening the Hon. W. F Massey moved the second reading of the Taieri Land Drainage Amendment Hill, which, he said, was introduced to meet a difficulty in connection uitlt the management, of i.he drainage scheme. The difficulty began i.i 1910. The drainage engineer had reported to the Commission eiC who decided to act on his recommendation*. h"t there was a difficulty in raisin" the money. However, it had now been decided that, if the Bill passed, the Gove-nment Insurance Office would ad vance the £1,500 necessary to enable its provisions to bo carried into effect. Sir ,T. Ward expressed disapproval of the proposal that the ratepayers could be burdened with the proposed loan without having th" opportunity oi expressing their opinion at the polls. The point was raised by Mr Witty that the Bill was a local Bill, but the Prime Minister assured the House that the people of the district were absolutely unanimous in regard to the proposal. Sir J. Ward said ho did not want to stand In th- way t.i the measure anil it was allowed to proceed as a public I.ill. Mr Wittv strongly protested against a uniform rate being struck on land winch is o- such varving quality. Ihe Bill, he contended, sh mid hav 3 been sublllittoci to the ratepayers. Mr Clark pointed out that the Bill was mcelv designed ;to get over a technical point'on the part of those who desired to lend mon-iv to the Commissioners. He had interviewed practically every laimer in the district, and had not come across anvone who opposed it. Mr Anderson contended that siiincient provision had not been made to prevent the silting up of the Taieri River. One of these, days the district would come to Parliament 'and ask for a large sum to lecompense it lor damage. The Hon. J. Alien said he understood that the people in the locality bad been consulted, and thev had no objection to the Bill going on the Statute Book. After further discussion _ the. second reading was agreed to on the voices. In i-orrumtta? Mr Witty moved an amendment to provide that the loan could not be raised without a poll of the ratepayers.—The Prime Minister pointed out that such a proposal was directly conflict with the provisions of the Act of last venr. The raising of this £1,500 was entrusted to the Commissioners.—Mr Clark said he was sure the farmers in the district had no objection to the Bill, which was merely designed to correct a technical PTvor.—The amendeinnt vnt lost Oil the The, Bill was. put through ?ts final

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TAIERI LAND DRAINAGE, Evening Star, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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TAIERI LAND DRAINAGE Evening Star, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914