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LABOR'S IDEALS

RALLY IK GARRISON - HALL.

FOUR SPEECHES.

The Labor rally in the Garrison Hall last iljhl attracted a very lame audience. Four speeches were delivered, those of Messrs A. Walker, J. W. Munro, and the Hon. J, T. Paul being brief, and Mr H. D. Bedford having the plnoe of honor. His addres* on Labor's uivas was admirably delivered, and vitally interesting in malter as well as manner for the vliole 60 minute* it occupied. Mr Jeese Haymes presided. Mr Munro, the fii*t epeaker,. eaid that on this occasion they wanted to hear Mr Bedford, who was 'out in the cause of Labor, and who would put the matter before them in its strict economic sense. For his own part, his political opinions were taken from the Bible. He believed in givernment of the people for the people bv the people; and the people he meant were the 80 p*r cent, who composed the inassea. Our Government to-day was held by people representing 20 per cent, of iociety outside- Parliament, and there was no cause for wonder in the fact that these people, representing per cent., who owned the machinery of production, should administer tho law in the interest* of the 20 per cent. But if the people would only exercise their political right to vote. the. jeople's representatives would pass such laws as were in the interests of the masses. (Applause.) There had been a good deal of talk about the alliance between Liberals and Labor, and of L.beraU and Red Feds. Well, all the legislation of the Liberal Administration was put on the Statute Book in tho teeth of the hostile criticism of tho Press and the gentlemen who now occupied the Government benches. The speaker proceeded to ask why the railway men had to return before volunteering tor service, which he understood to be the case.

Voice: That is true. Mr Munro: It. is probably right. You have neglected vour opportunities in the past. Don't inw. li you wmit that question an w rd m the- orlv <-tr- ; gM way, it should bo answered. I will find it out for you after s lection day, when you have elected me. (Applause.) Mr A. Walker paid that the ne<- House would be composed largely of Liberals and Labor party. Although there had been some sort of combinat on, Labor •toed distinct, and it would b 1 for the Labor party to s-iy whether the- would pay allegiance to Sir Joseph 'VN aid. Voice: We will. Air Walker. We!!. T will ?nv that iv.r Joseph Wnrd has sot out a policy that i* kfinitelv superior to any Mcssey policy. The speaker went on to My that it Mr Joseph was- the Leader (and he was likely to be) he must give tho Labor party sH>rne substantial token of his sympathy wun their legitimate aspirations. the Mai had stated thai they had a distinct grievance against the Massey Government, lne speaker proceeded to describe the 1 less us capitalistic, and concluded by a, turthcr statement of Labor's :-laini.«. _ Mr Bedford followed. The report or his remarks *r» unavoidably held over till Monday. , . ~ .. The Hon. J. T. Paul, m seconding the motion, indicted the Government lor a list of unfulfilled pledges. Tho proposal to reduce the hours of girls m woollen lactories had been sent on to the L-ppeY House, to be killed bv the Government's nominees. and the promised piovision for sickness and unemployment had come down in a most lamentably cryptic fashion, so that it meant nothing. The motion was carried with applause. only one person voting against it.

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LABOR'S IDEALS, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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LABOR'S IDEALS Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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