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DOMINION CONFERENCE. A Dominion conference of the New Zealand Moderate League was opened at Wellington yesterday. Mr A. S. Menteath presided, and about 20 delegates from all parts of New Zealand were present. It was agreed to advocate the following alterations m the licensing law : That the present system of licensing committees do discontinued, and that there be sot up a special Government department controlling such district boards as may ho necessary to supervise the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors and all matters in connection with the administration of the laws relating thereto; l*he establishment iby the Government of a standard basis of quality for all liquors imported and manufactured, in bond or otherwise, and a subsequent rigid examination of the same in Doth wholesale and retail houses under a systematic scheme; That district boards bo appointed under clausa (a) hereof to investigate all matters relating to the'granting of licenses, covering the fitness of the applicant, the terms under which the applicant is to occupy licensed premises—viz., rent, payment for goodwill, payment for furniture and fittings, and stock-in-trade, and a full knowledge of all restrictions to be imjiosed directly or indirectly by any interested party, with the right of the board to refuse to grant any license when satisfied that the terms and conditions of entry or renewal are prejudicial to the proper fulfilment of the law ; ■Sales of liquor for consumption off the premises to be restricted to bottle stores, such bottle stores to he closed earlier than the bars, all vessels containing such liquor to bear the stamp of the vendor; The penalties for allowing drunkenness on premises and for illegal trading, and all abuses of license, in bo made heavier and more strictly enforced ; that this conference arc of opinio;: that the local No-license issue should lie abrogated and removed from the ballot paper before 1917, ns it is similarly unjust in principle to the reduction issue recently eliminated, containing no provisions for the reduction of intemperance. That immediate steps he taken to improve the present system of private ownership of licensed houses, both by internal reform of the trade itself and bv an amendment of the governing iogis- , lation. Having in view the possible failure of such attempts at improvement, the Government should be requested to appoint an impartial board to undertake inquiries into such alternative systems as ; The establishment of public trusts, with limitation of profits; Municipal control; Stale control; That, in view of the prvent insecurity of tenure of licensees leading to abuses caused by the consequent need for mak- | imr i,refits rapidly, and in view of the gr'rai political disturbance caused by Hi" present frequency of the licensing polls, this conference are of opinion that a referendum ou the following lines should lie submitted to the people ; That the licensing elections be held once in every six years. The following were appointed a Legislative and Advisory Board : —Messrs A. S. Monteath, J. B. Harconrt, J. F. Atkins, W. Berry. W. E. Pearson, F. H. Brodrick, ,). H. Owen. K. Mace, 1). F. hkiuner.’ F. B. Bristow, these gentlemen also to act as the Central Executive for the Dominion.

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THE MODERATE LEAGUE, Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914

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THE MODERATE LEAGUE Evening Star, Issue 15662, 28 November 1914