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PROTECTION OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES.

• TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—A. letter signed "M. M'AUeri" in your issue this evening on tho subject of 'Railway Engines' is tho cause of my addressing you. Tho writer of that letter is evidently one with knowledge concerning the matter he writes of, but lie sugget6 no remedy for the folly about which he complains. Parliamentary candidates and electors—even those who pose aft representatives of Labor—are all equally reticent on that point. None of them as 3 r et havo touched tho all-important question of a protective tariff, which is indispensable, to manufacturing progress and tho betterment of our workers. A generation ago there' was founded in Dunedin a Protection League, and to the patriotic energy of that body we aro indebted for biie manufacturing prosperity we have since enjoyed. Our presont tariff is the outcome of that energy, and inadequate though it be, that tariff made possible tho establishment of many industries- that now provide wages for thousands of our workers. Colonial made is?' to-da.y a synonym for quality, am] price* arc lower than under Freelrade.

The present war should open our people's eyes to the pressing necessity for increased protection. It lias shown us that German manufacturers to a great extent have ousted tho British from colonial markets, fhat our money hns provided " tho sinews of war" wherewith to assail us, and that our supineness in permitting the importation of cheap German goods lias handicapped our own manufacturing and commercial progress. Yes, our importers havo fostered and patronised the onemy of our material progress.. Wo have * German goods of every possible kind. A list, of things made in Germany and u.'cd in New Zealand would lie an eye-opener. The question with our people should be : Howis this state of affairs to be- amended? What remedy will our politicians and Labor leaders apply to this evil? This for tho worker is tho vital question, for upon it depends his welfare or impoverishment.—T am, etc., T. Mc. November 1.

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PROTECTION OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES., Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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PROTECTION OF LOCAL INDUSTRIES. Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914

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