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POLITICS AND THE WAR

Frequent allusions to the war were made in the course of political addresses delivered last evening.

Speaking at Invercar»i]l. the Prime Minister said that war had brought home to them the necessity for doing tiomething adequate in tho Pacific. The raiding German ships had taught them what might happen to New Zealand. We owed a debt of gratitude to tho Australian navy for the assistance afforded to us. (Applause.) Mr Massey's reference to the Sydney's exploit was loudly applauded. The speaker traced the negotiations with the Home Government which had led up to the present position. We had not got in these waters sufficient .ships and armaments. After the war there would be a conference, and ho hoped there would be an agreement by which there would be placed in these waters a fleet siiflicient to hold its own against anvthuig likely to come along. In regard to land defence. New Zealand was the first to offer assistant?*, the first to send troops away, and the first- to occupy German territory, but without the assistance of the Australian fleet New Zealand would not have been able to take Samoa so quickly. He believed that more sacrifices would still be required from New Zealand and other parts of the Empire. Operation.* would probably be suspended during the European winter, and before spring they had an opportunity for preparing for a movement that would bring the w;ir to an end. New Zealand would do its duty if called upon, and no sacrifice would be. too great to keep the. old flag flying. Mr Massey paid a tribute to the part played by the women of New Zealand, and said that Invcrcargill had been in the forefront of that work.

The Naval Question, said the Hon. A. L. Hcrdman at Ivclburne, was a matter of enormous interest at the present time. They had had practical illustrations of the results of two policies—of tho Australian policy and the policy of paying a contribution to the English Government. Wliat, the Minister, would have been the position in the Pacific in this great war hatl it not been for the Australian fleet. They had in the Pacific great German boats, and had it not been for the Australian squadron what would have been done here? It was perfectly certain that if the squadron had not been there we could not have sent our troops to Samoa, and it would have been very difficult to have despatched the other troops to any great distance, it seemed to him —and' he believed it was, clear to tho people of New Zealand—that the Australian fleet had rendered immense services U> the Dominion. The policy of the Commonwealth Government had been proved to bo wise and sagacious, and the lesson for New Zealand was that in future the Dominion must do more than it luid done in tho past. The proposal Mr Massey nut do in the session of 1913—-that New Zealand should proceed to build a fihip—should be entered upon. He. had not the leju»t doubt thnt it could be dono without a heavy burden being placed on the people. (Cheers.) The. time had arrived when the colonies.mwt take a greater responsibility upon themselves. They must do their duty'" not only to themselves, but to Eivgland. Dr Newman, who is again seeking election" for Wellington East, devoted considerable attention to the war, which he anticipated would not produce any difficulty in tho way of New Zealand arranging for her financial needs.

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POLITICS AND THE WAR, Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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POLITICS AND THE WAR Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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