THE GENERAL ELECTION
CHALMERS. "At a meeting of the Port Chalmers Waterside Workers' Union it was resolved to recommend all workers in the Chalmers electorate to givo their support to Mr W. D. Mason. The Duiwdin branch of the Social Democratic party, in dealing with an application from Mr Georu'e S. "Thomson for membership in the party, decided to accept him aa a member of tho Social Democratic party on condition that he placed Iris can- ' didaturo hi the Chalmers clcctorat© in tho ! hands of the branch. : Mr J. M. Dickson addressed a. meeting in B-avensbcurne Coronation Hall last night. About 50 electors attended, including a number of ladies. The Mayor (Mr J. Blackie) presided. At the conclusion of Mr Dickson's address ho wac occupied for a considerable time replying to questions. A motion that Mr Dickson be accorded a vote of thanks for his address was met by an amendment that an expression of confidence in tho Government be attached to the motion: On a show of hands being taken the amendment was carried. WAKATIPU. Tho Hon.. W. Frascr, Minister of Public Works, opened his campaign at Mandevillo last evening. Mr J. H. M\Lcod, of Wantwooc! Estate, presided, and between 40 and SO ladies End gentlemen were present, despite the weather. At the conclusion of the address, which wne not a lengthy one, the Minister was accorded a hearty vote oi thanks and confidence in the Massey Government, of which ho was such a prominent member. The lion- gentleman, as is natural, dealt princinallv with matters pertaining to'his own department—that of Public Works—and hi explained that, as tho work of that department even followed hint on his political campaign, he wae unable to give so much tim-u as formerly to his electorate. The Minister stated, in the course of his speech, that owing to tho limited time lx-twecn- now and the. election he would havo to speak at two places each day, and even then there were eome three or four centres in the northern end and two or thtve in the southern end of tho electolaie that he would be unable to reach. In ivard to an allegation against him as M ; nistT <.i Publ'-o Works, that he nad vA expanded all the money placed on the Fu'ii.ialcs, he explained that the money iiiv; fet aside was not expected to be all ■Dent by March 3], but was intended to nn-xv the depaitment on until November when the new Estimates were brought down. He compared his expenditure on works with that of his predecessors, fhowiu" that he hid spent an average ot £4l° 000 per vcar over two yeare oi „o;„V -it mviKi .in average over tU-. previous six years of £375,000. Public buildings, including the great new post offices at Wellin C ton and Auckland and the Parliament Buildings, all oi which were started by the previous Government, were responsible for a very huge increase in the expenditure under this head, and also schools and lunatic asvlums had demanded heavy increases. Referring to Parliament Buildings, he questioned whether it were wise m a young country to have undertaken such a largo expenditure. Ho claimed to have spent £61,000 more on workers' homes, and built more workers' homes in two years than anv previous Government. Did this show that the Masscv Government were opposed to the workers? Taking all the. facts of th« strike, the war, and the important works tho Government had to carry on, what was the use, he asked, ot people cayin" that they were extravagant and °rushing the country to ruin? Hoarding the unemployed cry, he said the" s Government had taken 2,000 men from the towns and placed them on public works, and would probably have to take | more on in the near future, and, said the Minietcr. " I can .see my way to do it. ! T have also arreed to pay over £2,000 in Dnnedin. Christchurch, and Invcreargill in subsidising local efforts to deal with unemployment of married men, stipulating only tha't the work shall be approved by mv'engineers, and that only married men shall be eninloyed. The young unmarried men can eo to tho camps at the various works. They could, if prepared to do a fair day's work, earn from 9s to 9s 6d per day, and eomo were earning more. Of course, some were earning less, but they were either' unable to work or did not know how. This would show that he was not going to pay 9s for 4s worth of work. After the nice-ting Mr Frnser renewed acquaintance with 'many old friends.— Ov/n correspondent. POLLING DAY. Und?r tlw Legislative Act polling day (Tiiui.-day, December 10) wrLl bo observed a« a public holiday alter noon the Doii'inio'.i. Liomscd premhes must_be Pclosed from noon till 7 p.m. If polling i dav is not. on the t-tatutory halt'-hoi.day ' under the Shops and Offices Act, the provij sions of that,' Act will apply to polling I dav, and the statutory half-holiday need | not'be ob.-\trved on the usual day. it will ! r.ot be necessary for any I'actoiy to clo?o n:i polling day. but the occupier mutt fjTord e;<.:'h of'his employees a reasonable opportunity, up to one hour, of recording his vote, without makiiu. any deduction from his wages. Every occupier who commit? a breach of this ix'dion will be Jiablc to a penalty not exceeding £5 in rcepsct of every employee. Mr E. P. I.'.'c spc.-iks at F/vwnsdalo Hall to-night'.
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THE GENERAL ELECTION, Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914