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LABOR'S RALLY, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
Air H. U. Bedford received a great ovation at Friday’s meeting at the Garrison Hall. Ho said that nowhere in tho world did tho industrial ola?s receive tho - full remuneration or firil of their Inborn And t’iie Labor rr.ity would lie merely stultifying themselves if they were content merely to state their grievance. It wee a real grievance, and they must lie ready to sl-ite tire remedy. Now. tbviv had been many inisrepres-nlalions made about Labor's icltaN. Sunc ncf>| iv thought that Labor had no ideal bat a predatory one. Lot three people lis'en to Labor’s argument, and they would he compelled to admit that the pally was not out for plunder, but merely to obtain the full fruits of their industry. 'I hero was a constitutional method! of obtaiiiir.c litis paid bo believed not in Lire strike .which was a weapon of destruction. Ic.-sming the wealth of the cour,try), bnl in rim ballot Iwx. through which they <<mld obtain the representation to coo wealth propci!y distributed. (Applanso.) Their problem was one centering round the production, exchange, and distribution ot wealth —liy which he meant nor monev buf flic mbltitnde of /nods and services- that really constituted weal I is. If the money in New Zealand wore double,] to morrow , and I hore was no increase in tin- products, there would be no increase in wealth. The road to wealth was prodnelicit, and the Labor parly rioed for the removal of eve.v hindranea to the energy of men. and every bindian-o to the energy oi Nalt;if. They believed in the fullc-i opportunity ’m complete education for all —in everything that made for the eflieieqev of man. They wanted lull access to tin- land. For 20 years they had been engaged in furthering cioser settlement, and scarcely anything had been done. Ho had been through the Hawke’s Bay d.strict lately, ami that country was b-ck-d up in large estates. Every items should f.e given to the lend, and the Graduated Land Tax should not bo played with. H fhorld bring about at once the rutting upcd laild for those who wanted to got on it. and increase the production, and therefore the wealth of the country. He would like to say r little about, the Bank of New Zea--1; mb I’lie- interest ol the Mate- should not decrease, hut increase in that bamk. Anvone who had road its history knew that- tho hank was saved by the credit of the country, and there was' something : marking of in gratitude in the action of a number ' of director.- urging that- the State should bo turned out. wheel the State had actually made it profitable. By banking much saving could be effected tor the public. At present hanks got tile loan of millions of the people*- money without pa vine interest. lie would advocate' the State extending it'- business to receive not only tlie fixed deposit-, l/lit liio current cie-jjo-ifs of the people, to allow the Savings Bank to bo operated upon by cheque, so that one could pay hi- debt- from the Saving- Bank. It involved no liability to the Slate. On the contrary, it meant that tlie State would get millions of pounds of the people’s money without .payment of interest (because like the banks, the Slate would pay no interest on current accounts), and the milboii- could he lent to the people who wanted to settle on tile land, or those who wanted to build homes. (Applause.) Afr Bedford referred to several other subjects, notably what ho .described as the monopoly created by the Alerchants’ Association, and the doubling of the unimproved value of the country in the past 12 venrs. which was equivalent to a revenue that would have enabled them to dispense with half of their taxation in the 12 yearn. The rising land became an increasing burden upon the people, whereas it should be n benefit to the people, since tin* run was dne to tho general actiritjej of the MAtc. There were too nvinv draft- noon Hie products of labor, too many people who were drawing mure I coin r.io wealth of Lae country than they were contributing to it. (Applause.) He,moved—”That this meeting of workers affirm the necessity for diree.t representation iu Parliament, and pledge themselves to do all in their power to secure tho return of the selected Labor candidates, Messrs J; AV. Alnnro (Dunedin Central) and A. Walker (Dunedin North!.” The motion was seconded by the Hon. J. T. Paul and carried. .
LABOR'S RALLY, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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