THE LIBERAL POLICY
PROPOUNDED BY SIR JOSEPH WARD. PROPORTIONAL _ REPRESENTATION PROMISED. A MATERNITY SUBSIDY. CURTAILED DEFENCE EXPENDITURE. [LTIi UxiTK.n PIIKSS ASSOCIATION.j WELLINGTON, November 5. Sundays’* storm played havoc with the telegraphic communication with the South Island. ■ In two places tho poles retire smashed by thy. wind. Sir Joseph Ward delivered a policy speech, but the Telegraph Department was unable to transmit the full report last night. Referring to a War Tax, the Opposition Leader said lie thought that it would-be premature at this juncture to talk of imposing one. The, speaker complained of the present str.te of thn electoral rolls, and declared that many would dial themselves deprived of the right to vote. lie pledged the Liberal party, if returned to power, to establish a, system of Proportional Iteprcseutiifon.
Genuine Lind settlement would bo provided, special attention being paid to assisting men with largo families but with small capital. The graduated taxation would ho increased on large estates. Ho favored tho extension of tho cheap money system on general lines, controlled by a Board of Agriculture. Injurious monopolies in connection with food supplies should be dealt with promptly and effectively, and if returned his party would power to prevent, trade onions from being overridden by their executives.
Humanitarian legislation would also be mnlertaken'hit the point where, it was left off by the Libera! party. Referring to railways. Sir Joseph .said that the making of proper yard extensions, tho duplication ol lines, and the widening of tunnels were necessary works, and for this purpose lie would spend in tho vicinity of £500.000 per annum. Public borrowing lor railway construction and public works should be limited to three millions a year. The present progress of railways under construction was too slow.
Tieierring to the Naval policy, Sir Joseph Ward advocated a continuation of the present contribution In the Imperial Navy. The cotablishircnf of a locally-owned navy would moan the imposition of a considerable increase in taxation, which, in the course of a few years, would aasuino proportions which' would make it practically unbearable.
Tim completion of the main trunk lines of both islands, continued Sir Joseph, must call for a Herat ion in ths system of steamer service between the islands, and a fast State-owned steamer service between Wellington and Picton should ho established.
Tho vote for buildings from loan monks should bo reduced by at least ono-half, and tho difference devoted to roads and bridges, particularly in regard to the backblocks. ' ■ '
The exp- ndiUiie on internal defence should be limited to £450,000 annually. The Liberals would amend the Public Service .Act by restoring parliamentary, but not political, control.
On the birth of every ciiild they would deposit £5 to ft.s credit in the Savings Bank, to remain at 5 per cent, for 14 years. They would extend and perfect the fiW'teni of primary education. Mining would be encouraged, also amiudtufal education and alforcsf a! ion.
-\ vote of tbanka and conlidciue was carried with cheers.
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THE LIBERAL POLICY, Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914