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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
ADDRESSES TO-NIGHT. Mr T. H. Dalton (Dunedin South), at OddfeQoW Hall, Kew. . Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), »t Taiwni Methodist Church. Mr W. Downie Stewart (Dunedin \\ est), at Wakari School. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Public Hall, Partobdlo. Mr J. W. Munro (Dunedin Central), at Concord Church Hall. . ■ Mr W. 5). Mason (Chalmers), at EairMr 0. E Staiham (Dunedin Central), at Public Hall, Green Island. Bon. J. Allen, at Town Hall. \TmkouaitL “IN THE LIONS’ DEN.” PRIME MINISTER AT WINTON. The Hon. W. F. Massey addressed a large and enthusiastic meeting at Winton lut night, the attendance being not tar short ot the number present at Sir Joseph 'Ward’s meeting there last week. Mr Massey (says an Association message) was cheered to the echo on rising. The Prime Minister commenced by comparing what the Government had dono with their pledges a» stated; by him at Winton three rears ago. In regard to the Land Question, they had given all facilities for the small holder to get on to tho land bv means of the leasehold as a stepping-stone to the freehold. (Applause.) The Government had carried out their promise to change the land policy of New Zealand from leasehold to freehold j at the same time if any man wanted the leasehold ho could have it. but he also had the option of securing the freehold. Native land legislation had been amended in such a way as to give satisfaction to both Natives and Europeans. The pledged reform of the Legislative Council had been fulfilled, and now the people had tho opportunity of electing those who made their laws, instead of the Upper House being merely an instrument, for rewarding party supporters. During the 21 years the Liberal party were in power they never appointed a'single man on tho other side of politics. If they had picked the best people in tho Dominion, irrespective of party, there would not have been the great, demand for reform. The Civil Service had been removed from political influence. £oud applause.) They had not been able bring about a reform of local government. The Bill had been drafted, however, and would bo brought down and parsed j and here again political influence would bo removed from the> granting and spending of public money. (Applause.) They had improved the Old Age Pension Act" as promised, so that a woman nowgot her pension at 60 instead of 65. In arader to an interjection as to how often hj« had voted against the Old Age Pensions Act. Mr Massey said tho Bill first came down in 1096. aud ho voted for it and supported it right through. When it came down again the criticism raised against it was that there was not sufficient provision for raising the money. The Minister in charge of the Bill said ho would, if necessary, take less from revenue for public works • and next, if necessary, he would cut down some of tho higher salaries. He (Mr Maasey) opposed tho measure because he objected to these means of raising the money. (Applause.) Ho claimed a record for the Government in putting through in one Parliament all their planks except Iwo reform of parliamentary grants #nd insurance against unemployment and sickness, and the latter question waa proving very difficult to deal with. Mr Massey th°'n ran through tho present platform of the Reform party, and on the Navy Question was loudly applauded. Ho explained the manner m which .the public finances had been refcimed, tlie position being vastly improved since the time the Government took office, in spite of the necessity of raising eight millions to pay off debentures due this year As a matter cd fact, the Government in the last two years had borrowed less than the previous Governments in the two previous years. The position now, of course, waa made difficult by the war, and the expenditure on oar share in tho war would far exceed the two millions at first estimated. He was gratified that the country waa so piosperona sa it was, and that since the Government took office exports had increased by five millions. Ha was satisfied that New Zealand would recover more rapidly from tho effects of the war than sny other part of the Empire. (Applause.) Tho Government proposed further improvement of the Graduated Land Tax, to discriminate in regard to large blocks of land between the owner who was making good use of his land and the owner who was allowing his land to bo idle. The lacier waa the man who should be made to pay most heavly. They also proposed to make the tax increase automatically, so that in the finish the large blocks must he subdivided, always excepting such land as could only bo profitably worked in large ureas. He did not see the necessity hero for agricultural banks, as they had the State lending departments; however, he. had collected all the evidence regarding agricultural banks, and had handed it to the Board of Agriculture for examination arnd report. When he received that report lie had no doubt that he would be able to do something to assist the settlors in their finance. Ho hoped to check the drift to the towns by giving better access to the bai-kbloeks. In any provision to enable people to build local railways a proviso would always be made for the State to take over the railways without allowing for goodwill. His answer to a question in regard to “the lino to the ostrich farm” was loudly applauded. The line, it waa atated, had been authorised 20 years ago, and when built would not benefit lha ostrich farm one iota, as the farm was right up against the main line. The Government proposed fostering industries, as, for instance, oil, iron, fkn, and fruit. Mr Massey dealt! with taxation to show that tho Government had made no increase, and repeated hie Otautau reference to the Huntly disaster, the explanation given being well received. The reference to the Government’s method of suppressing the strike waa loudly applauded. Those methods had incurred tho hostility of the Bed Fed®., and the electors had to take care that the alliance between the Red Feds, and the Opposition did not place him in tho hands of the leaders of the strike. The Opposition were a very mixed and unhappy lot. and Joseph’s coat was nothing in comparison with Joseph's party. Would they vote for the candidates- put forward by such an alliance? (Loud cries of ( “No.”) “That, I think,” said Mr Maseey, “ will be the answer of the electors.” (Loud cheering and a smaller body of counter-cheers from the back of tho hall.) A motion of thanks and confidence was carried, coupled with appreciation of tho Government’s action in connection with tho recent strike, the audience cheering continuously. CHRISTCHURCH EAST. MR DAVEi'3 POSITION. [Special to th* Stas.] CHRISTCHURCH. November 23. I understand that there is a possibility that Mr T. H. Davey will withdraw from the contest for the Christchurch East seat. Since his opening meeting of a week ago, when a vote of no-confidence wot earned in Wm, Hr Davey has been seriously considering hia position, and now I understand his choice lies between a withdrawal or a definite announcement of his candidature under the “ Ward ” banner. What decision he has come to will probably be known in a day or two. AN ALLIANCE REPUDIATED. SOCIAL DEMOCRATS DENIAL. Ms relationTo liberalism. [Special to ikk StasO AUCKLAND, November 23. Mr M. J. Savage, tho Social Democrat candidate for Auckland Central, and % prominent figure in Labor political circles an Auckland, made a very definite state* ; ment to-night regarding the alleged alii- , ~ '
once between the Social Democratic party and the Liberal party. “There is absolutely no alliance between our organisation, '* he said, “and the Liberal party. Hero am I, the nominee of the Social Democratic party, opposing a Libsral in Auckland Central in Mr A. E. Glover. Dees that look like an alliance 1 Wherever the party thought they had & chance they put up a candidate. We kept out of Auckland West because we recognised that the time is not yet ripe to hop© for success there, and so our people will sup port Mr 0. H. Poole, the Liberal candidate. A® an elector of Auckland West, I am going to vote for him myself, but that does not mean that if I am returned to Parliament I am going to support the Liberal party. Twill support the Liberal party in a 'No-confidence motion against the Massey Administration, but I recognise that our cause will never make great strides until wo have our- own party in Parliament. The Social Democratic party put up a roan in Eden because we had a chance there, but our enemies have taken, a hand, and have put up another candidate on our platform to split our votes in favor of the Massey candidate. Wo kept out of Auckland East and out of Parnell because wo that wo would not have a chance in either of these electorates —not yet; but take my word for it, things have been moving along rapidly in Parnell and we’ve got a man in Mr J. J. Sullivan who is worthy of all respect. (Prolonged applause.) As a party we will stand on our own platform, but we have to take thincs as they are. At the last General Election the workers were dissatisfied with the Liberal Administration, but they had nothing better to go to, and thev went back to the old Tory party. Hero is the position to-day: Wo have tried the Liberal Administration and found it wanting; we have tried the Reform party and found them even lees satisfactory. We have been playing at ‘ ins ’ and ‘outs,’ and wo are not yet ready to go in ourselves. We have to do the best we can according to tho development of out organisation, hut there is absolutely no arrangement between our party, such as it is> and any other party.” DUNEDIN WEST. Mr J. T. Johnson, Liberal candidate, opened his campaign at Wakari Hall last night to a packed audience. Mr R. B. Menzies presided. Mr Johnson spoke for 90 minutes, his remarks evoking frequent bursts of applause. Several questions were answered, and at the conclusion the following motion was carried unanimously, amid much applause “ That this meeting of Dunedin West electors record a hearty vote of thanks and confidence in Mr Johnson, and we consider' that he is a fit and proper person to represent us in Parliament.” Tho motion was proposed by Mr Jas. Torrance and seconded by Mr Jan. Olliver (vice-president of the Pastrycooks’ Union). Mr Wm. Dodds presided over a meeting of Mr W. E. J. Maguire’s committees, held last night at Sweetings. Stuart street. There was a good attendance of ladies and gentlemen. Canvassers wore appointed, to interview the electors in all the different parts of the electorate. Air Maguire, in the course of a few remarks, said the’ Labor party had been dissolved in the Prohibition melting pot. Uncompromising Socialists had become staunch Liberals, and anti-militarists became ardent Imperialists. Excuses wore offered for the Liberal-Labor alliance, and Labor was ’again to be hoodwinked into entrenching a Liberal party, which would be harder to shift than the Massey party. A etraightout Labor candidate would be a thorn in the side of any party in power that did not march in quick time when Labor legislation was introduced. He deprecated the trequent infringement on the liberty of free speech manifested recently. Mr H. G. Ell opened his campaign for Christchurch .South last evening. He advocated for tho future a progressive land tax, an increment tax. an adjusted stamp duty upon land and house transfers, and a reform of Customs duties to admit all common necessities free. The aim of the speaker was, he said, to show that the Liberal party had in the past done a great deal of good, and were still capable of doing good. A vote of thanks and confidence was accorded tho candidate.
Sir James Carroll, speaking in the Opera House, Gisborne, Last evening, received a vote of thanks and confidence without dissent. He reviewed the performances of the Liberal party, and contrasted them with what ho termed the utter incompetence of the Government to deal with big issues. He instanced the muddle over the troopship canteens. Ho claimed that Mr Massey had nothing to do with the settlement of the groat strike, and contended that it was settled by the farmers and producers who came down and saw their produce away. Sir James Carroll referred to the Huntly disaster and pooh-poohed the Reform party’s protest against mentioning the accident. He did not charge th© Government with manslaughter, but with neM ice rice and delay in getting the Mining Bill on the Statute Book. In answer to a question, Sir James said he would most certainly accept Sir J. G. Ward as tho Leader of the party in the event of being returned to power. Mr G. D. Macfarlane. the Reform candidate for Christchurch East, gave his first address last night. He explained that he had been a business man all his life, but he had come forward to contest tho seat as nobody better was offering. It was a great pity that so many men of ability and experience would not come forward as candidates. The Government, when returned, had promised good lesrislation, and that promise had been kept. _ "He favored a referendum on the Bible-in-sohoola question, and also a 55 per cent, majority on the licensing question —both issues. Ho was accorded a vote of thanks.
Mr E. P. Leo addressed a packed meeting in the Opera-house, Camara, last night, th© building being crowded to the doors. He received an excellent hearing. Ho spoke for two hours in defence' of the Government’s policy, claiming that the Messey Administration had fulfilled nearly all their election pledges, but it was unfair to judge it after a little mere than tiro years of office only. At tho conclusion of the address Mr Lee was occupied for nearly an hour in answering questions, apparently to tho general satisfaction of the audience. He gave an emphatic denial to a statement that lie used political influence to focure the removal of Mr T. Hutchison, S.M., from Oamaru. A vote of thank© and confidence was carried, with a few dissentients, cheers for the candidate and Mr Massey drowning a counterdemonstration in the pit for Sir Joseph Ward.
A meet unusual position has arisen as a result of th© retirement of Mr Murdoch from the Westland campaign. His declaration has placed th© Eeform parly in a difficult position. In spite of Mr Murdoch*# withdrawal, arrangements are being made for the peat to b” congested in the Reform interests, but th© principal objection so far as el-gibl© candidates are coneerned is that the time to prepare for the contest is too brief for them successfully to cover the extensive e'ectcrntc. About ICO Labor and Liberal supporters of the Ward party met Inst n’glit to consider the situation in the Timaru electorate. A deputation of four was appointed to wait on Mr Craigie to ascertain definitely hi® position, and failing a satisfactory'reply, to draw up a list of suitable men who might be asked to stand. Sir John Findlay’s name was -mentioned. Mr C. R. Smith, the Liberal candidate, has* addressed meetings of Bruce elector# during the past week at Waitahuna Gully, Clark’# Flat. Blue Spur. Stoney Creek, Manuka Creek, Glenore, Moneymore. and Lovell's Flat. At some of the meeting# a very hearty vote of thanks was pnreed. the expression of confidence being reserved for the ballot box. At others, vote# of thanks and confidence wer® unammouriv ndopteu. The Timaru roll closed with 9,015 names —64 more than at kat election. An error occurred in the figure# given In our last issue regarding enrolments. In Dunedin Central the supplementary rolls In 1911 contained 662 name#, not 1,162. making the total on the main and supplemcntariea 9,457. not 9,957, as stated. Mr A. Walker*# (Dunedin North) committee wiJl meet in rooms, George street, to-rhzhlk
THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15658, 24 November 1914
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