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THE ELECTIONS

MEETINGS THIS EVENING. Air G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Brighton. Air E. P. Lee (Oair.aru), at Hillgrove. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chaim ere), at Hooper’s Inlet. Mr R. Scott (Otago Central), at Outram. Air IV. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Purakanui. PRIME MINISTER AT HAW ERA Air Massey addressed a very large public meeting at Hawera lost night—probaby the largest on record in that town. The A lay or occupied the chair. The meeting was at times interrupted by a noisy minority, but on the whole the Prime Minister had a very good- hearing. Most of his address was devoted to the strike and to the Huntly mining disaster, and with reference to the latter he succeded in convincing his audience that the Government were in no way to be held responsible for it. The Jaw gave to the officers of the State full power to do whatever was necessary to deal with dangerous conditions in cou! mines. At the close of the address Air Barton moved and Air Quin seconded a vote of thanks to and confidence in tho Massey Government. This was met by an amendment proposing a vote of thanks. The chairman, amidst some uproar, declared the amendment lost and the motion carried, and the meeting broke up with party cheers and counter-cheers. OPPOSITION LEADER AT AUCKLAND. Sir Joseph 'Ward was accorded a very flattering reception at Auckland last night, when he delivered a political address in the Town Hall. The building was crowded to its full capacity (3,000) within a quarter of an hour of the opening of the doors at 7.15, and the seats on tho organ lift were all occupied. Alany people had to stand, and hundreds were unable to obtain admission. On the platform were the local Liberal candidates. Mr J. Trevethick, of the Liberal and Labor Federation, presided. A storm of prolonged applause greeted Sir Joseph as he stepped on to the platform, a scene of tremendous enthusiasm being witnessed and repeated ; when he rose to speak. Many electors, said Su- Joseph, were dissatisfied this year by finding their names struck off the electoral roll. In Otaki the Reform party had shown their resentment of tho ; interference of fhe Government in the , electoral rights of tho people. He was , informed that 220 men at the fort* at j Devonport were to be removed, and would j find themselves out of the electorate withI out the right of the absentee vote at a j time when the puns of the forts ought |to be manned. There was to be a shifting | of these men on the eve of the election. I This was a matter calling for explanation. | Another matter to which he wished to I refer was that prior to leaving Wellington I (where there were two Ministers with adI joining (electorates) Uio learned that a | number of men not in one Alinistcr’s elee- ! torate had been provided with absent f commercial travellers' rights to vote. As i Leader of the Opposition ho felt he waa j entitled to mention the matter. Tho Liberal party wanted tho names of all peop'e entitled to vote put on the rolls. The Mayor of Auckland (Mr Parr) had said that there could bo no AlinistlT which would do justice to the North if the Liberal paHy were returned. This idea he ridiculed. There were a number of fine men standing in the North at the present election—(applause)—and he promised lhat when he had to advise the Governor nft -r December 10 to approve of a new Liberal Ministry half that Ministry should represent the North Island. The remainder of the speech was on the lines traversed by the Opposition Lender m various parts of the Dominion since the election campaign hecan. A vote of thank* and confidence, including a pledge to endeavor m oust the Government, was moved hv Mr T. Long and seconded by Air E. H. Potter. This was carried hy a substnntial majority, only a few dissentient voices being raised. Prior to dispersing tho audience gave Sir Jotcpih throe cheers. CITY C.AAIPATGN. Air G. AT. Thomson, Government candidate for Dunedin North, spoke in the Al- '• bam- Street School Hall last evening. _ Mr A. Dempster presided. The. candidate j was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, on I the motion of Mr H. Alitchcll, seconded ; bv Miss MacOibbon. j ‘Air A. Walker, Liberal standard-bearer i for Dunedin North, gave an address m ! the Phillips Memorial Hall. Woodhaugh. 1 last night. The Mayor of Maori Hill (Air iK. <a. Clarke) was in the chair. A vote of | thanks and confidcrce was unanimously 1 passed to the candidate. I >f r C. E. RtaGiam. Government candi- ; date for Dunedin Central, addressed a i meeting in the Presbyterian Hall. Ala non street. Cavcrshan, last evening. Cr Todd : occupied the chair. Air Statham empha- ; msec! tho point that the present was no j time for Socialistic experiments. A hearty 1 vote of thanks to him for his able address j was carried unanimously, with acclama--1 tion. . . T-i i Air J. W. Munro, Opposition candidate ( for Dunedin Central, tpokc in the K«n- ---! sineton Hall last night, and was accorded 1 a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence. ’ im d also received three heartv cheers. I Air J. T. Johnson, Opposition candidate 1 for Dunedin West, spoke in the Russell i Street Hall last night, and was accorded i a heartv vote of thanks and confidence, i Mr T. K. Sidey, Opposition candidate j for Dunedin South, addressed electors in Dm Odd fellows’ Hall. Forbury Corner, last night. Air J. Wilson occupied the chair. A vole of thanks and confidence was unanimously carried, on the motion of Mr Bell, seconded by Mr Dove. Mr W. Downie Stewart addressed a I meeting of electors last evening at St. ■Albans, Kaikorai. The chair was occujpied bv Air Thomas Afnrtin. The candidate dealt with political questions on the line of previous speeches, and answered a ! number of questions as to the price of foodstuffs. On the motion of Air Kem- | nilz. seconded hy Air Moore, a unanimous vote of thanks' and confidence was accorded AH Stewart. Last ni-ht AH Dolton. Reform candidate for Dunedin South, addressed about 250 electors in the Coronation Hall, St. Hilda, and was afforded a very good hearing, the interruptions being less marked than has been the case hitherto. Air W. T. M’Farlane (Afayor of St. Hilda) presided. A very" enthusiastic, meeting of Air Dalton’s committee was held on Thursday night, when there were 32 members present. The reports from canvassers were very encouraging, and a keen fight is anticipated.

CHALMERS. AIR THOMSON AT AIOSGIEL. (From the ‘Taieri Advocate,’ November 24, 1914.J There was a good attendance in tho Coronation Hall last Friday evening, when Air G. S. Thomson. F.P.A. (N.Z.). Labor candidate for Chalmers, addressed the electors. His Worship the Afayor (Air Ouelch) presided. Mr Thomson spoke fluently and rapidly for about two hours, touching on many questions of political interest. He advocated many reforms, and “ downed ” the Massey party in no uncertain terms. His speech was inainlv, like his candidature, a Labor one, and ho instanced many reforms he would, if elected, endeavor to bring about for the good of the workers. While admitting that they were not so down-trodden in New Zealand a* in some countries, yet there, was much room for improvement. He had no belief in party government,, cither Reform or liberal. Parliament should be reformed in such a. way as to ensure government of the people by the people, and for the people. Ho wa* in favor of Proportional Representation, which he briefly explained to the electors. With his present experience, he was not sure whether the Upper House was necessary or not; but if it was, theq no one should get into it unless he had six or nine years’ experience in the Lower House. He objected to stuffing the Upper Chamber, and related how the Alassey party had stuffed the Upper House for_ their own ends. One of the effects of this was that a BUI to give the girls in woollen factories .tae same houj« as otter factories

(46) had been killed in the Upper House, after it had passed the Lower one. He dwelt at length on Crown lands, and objected to even one acre pf them being sold. They were an endowment for educational purposes, and once they were sold the endowment was lost for ever. The Government would not handle thier own land as they had done the land of New Zealand. He declared that the Government were not whole-hearted about advances to settlers and workers. There was no use talking of increasing advances if the money did not go out. Just try, ho said, to get some advance, and see how little you can get. With respect to land taxation, ho was of the opinion that no man should bo allowed to hold more than from £5,000 to £IO,OOO worth of land, and any man holding over that value should be taxed at the rate of 4 per cent, on all land over that value. This would have the effect of compelling him to place the balance of his holding on the market, and givo the small man a chance of getting on to the land. He also held that every man earning over £2OO a year could afford to pav an income tax, and if returned to Parliament he would advocate the impos ing of a tax on all incomes of £3OO. i»ir Thomson condemned the Government s proposal to sanction privately-owned railways. Where railways were constructed the Governinent should take the Unearned increment, and this, he claimed, would go a long way towards the extension ot the service in various parts of the Dominion. Concerning education, he said he believed in free education from tno kindergarten to the university, and he was in favor of the free supply pf school books by the Government. This would make it easier for the workers, many of whom could hardly afford to buv the books their children required. >- v . el 7 encouragement should be given technical education, which, ho said, was an excellent thing. Mr Thomson favored conipulsorv military training, and as lor women’s rights, he thought there were many women who were quite capable ol being members of Parliament. He favored State enterprise, and quoted the success and benefits of the State Fire Insurance Department. The candidate was a believer in profit-sharing in business concerns. Trades unionism had served its dav. One difficulty with regard to trades unionism was that it caused Capitol ond Labor to drift anart. The only thing that would bring them together would he a svstem of work on a co-operative basis”ln answer to questions the. candidate said he was in favor of the Referendum or. the Bible-in-schools question; he favored a war tax being imposed _ now ; he iv'mid vote for the bare majority on the licensing question. On the motion of Mr Thomas Walsh a hearty vole of thanks to the candidate and confidence in him was carried on the voices. NOMINATIONS. Otago Central.— R. Scott (Government) and W. A. Bodkin (Opposition). Masterton.—G. K. Sykes (Government). LABOR’S ATTITUDE. A resolution was carried unanimously at a meeting of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (Otago branch) in the Trades Hall last night —“ That wo recommend our members support and •vote for the following candidates at the forthcoming electionsDunedin South, Mr T. K. Sidey; Dunedin West. Mr J. T. Johnson; Dunedin Central, Mr J. W. Munro; Dunedin North, Mr A. Walker; Chalmers, Mr W. I). Mason. At a special meeting of the Wellington Operative Bootmakers’ Union to discuss the political situation it was resolved—- “ That «this union, being affiliated to the Social Democratic party, regret the alliance between the Liberal and Labor parties, and advise members to support the Hon. F. M. B. Fisher (Minister of Customs) in his candidature against the Liberal-Labor alliance in Wellington Central.” Mr J. F. I.illicrnp (Government candidate for Invercargill I opened Jiis campaign last evening, and was accorded a vote of thanks and confidence. In the course of his address he dwelt upon the Labor legislation enacted by the Government, which, he claimed, was most beneficent. He quoted Mr Philip Snowden (British Labor M.P.) to show that there existed no difference in the matter of Liberalism between the Ward and the Massey parties, finally' contending that the Government were* more advanced and more worthy of support than the Ward party. Mr Daniel Moriarty (Independent Labor candidate for Wellington Central) opened his campaign last night. There tvas a large attendance. The candidate’s address largely concerned Labor matters, and strongly criticised the Government’s action thereon. He said he would not support any party platform. He believed in voting for principles. At the conclusion of the speech, which was marked by some lively interjections, a motion was carried almost unanimously inviting the candidate to withdraw from the contest and the meeting ended with cheers for the Opposition candidate. Mr C. R. Smith, Liberal candidate for Bruce, addressed the electors at Glenledi ‘(6.15 p.m.) and Akatore (8 p.m.) on Thursday, and, considering the very wet nio-ht, there were good attendances. Mr .Smith received a vote of thanks and confidence at each place.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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