NO WHEAT OR FLOUR IN DUNEDIN.
to Tin; F.DiToa. Sir,—l noticed a paragraph in Tuesday's issue (24th iuet.) of your paper etating that Dunedin is threatened with a bread famine, there being no flour here and no wheat procurable. If my memory nerves mo aright, the first report of the Commission set up by tho Government to report on the matter was to the effect that there was ample wheat in tho Dominion for local requirements (without imports) until next harvest. That being so, it would be interesting to know where the wheat has gone to. "'lhe final report ol the Commission was that the felling price of wheat be fixed at 5s 3d per bushel, and flour at £l3 per ton. Now, what I should like to know, Mr Editor, is whether tho holders of wheat are justified in refusing to sell their commodity (wheat) at tho price fixed by the Government. If they are. then ore the workers not equally justified in refusing to sell their commodity (labor) at the price fixed by the Arbitration Court? It appears to me, sir, that the attitude taken up by the holders of that important commodity (wheat) is tantamount to a strike, and a strike of a very serious nature, width will affect thousands of children of the workers of this Dominion, with bread at a fabulous price, when there is absolutely no occasion for it except to increase tho banking accounts of those "patriotic" individuals who are taking every opportunity of the present crisis knowing quit* well that this action will cause hunger and misery to thousands. What are the Government going to do? They have spent the people's money netting up this Commission, and have received their report. Aro they going to act? Are they prepared to carry this through to its logical end—viz., take the wheat, and pay the fixed price for it? Why are the Government importing wheat when wo are told there is sufikiorit here? Lot tho Government show by deeds, not by words, that they are in earnest in their endeavors to protect the community against exploitation.—l am, etc., En. Iveixett, Carpenters' Organiser. tfsraobor 27*
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NO WHEAT OR FLOUR IN DUNEDIN., Evening Star, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914