THE MODERATE LEAGUE AND ITS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE FORTHCOMING ELECTION.
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3| Tile following resolutions, passed at the 'sfiiminion Conference of delegate? of the jjScw Zealand .Moderate League, recently ‘held at Wellington, represent the leagues fftenerul attitude towards the forthcoming Section, and are now submitted to the IBublic for its careful consideration: — 1. That tho tlmo has coma when those holding moderate views on the Jlquor question should indicate to the feisetors the proper course to pursue between tho warring of opposing extreme [factions. ff 2. That while those who study the ffliunan body in health and disease are (United in the condemnation of the abuse pi alcohol, its moderate use is the eubfiect of divergence of opinion. That, a? <®he result of tho vast amount of scientific that has been carried out regarding the etlccls of alcohol on the human body, there is cogent evidence in support of it« moderate use. while no satisfactory evidence has been put forward as to its 'harmful effects when used in moderation. 5. That where coercive legislation has been tried it has failed to advance the cause of true temperance, arousing the passionate resistance of the coerced, in whom the natural desire for alcohol lias 'been stimulated by tho haired of unwarranted interference with liberty, and hue therefore Jed to smuggling, illicit manufacture, and trading, tending to hypocrisy and to tho moral deterioration of ' the people. 4. That in those circumstances there is lio warrant for interference by coercive legislation with the moderate use of alcohol, which in mankind is and lias been instinctive, practised throughout historic times, and sanctioned by the Christian religion. s'" That, least of all. is there warrant for such coercive legislation in New Zealand, which leads the civilised world in moderation, notwithstanding the wealth of its inhabitants and the consequent opportunity for indulgence. 6. That tho cause of true temperance can bo advanced in two ways : (a) I’y the cultivation of public opinion through education, the setting up of a true code of temperance, and the dissemination of the truth about alcohol and its abuse., in place of the exaggeration and miisetatements. frequently used. (b) liy tho vigilant- employment of all proper means to protect the public from any attempt by self-interested manufacturers or traders in alcoholic drinks to increase their profits by the promotion of excess or the sale of harmful compounds, and to promote the elimination of abuses. 7. That to this end it is the intention of tho league to advocate the following reforms : (a) That the present system of licensing, committees be discontinued, and that there lie set up a special Government department controlling such district Iroards as may be necessary, to supervise the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors and all matters in connection with tho administration of the laws relating thereto. (b) The establishment by the Government of a standard basis of quality for all liquors imported and manufactured, in bond or clherv. ise, and tho subsequent rigid examination of same in both wholesale and retail houses under a systematic scheme. (<•) The district boards to be appointed under clause la.) hereof to investigate all mattcis relating to the granting of licenses. covering the fitness of the applicant. the terms under which the applicant is to oicupy licensed premises.—viz., rent, payment for goodwill, payment for furniture and fittings and stock-in-trade, and full knowledge of all restrictions to he imposed directly or indirectly by any interested party—with light of board to refuse to grant any license when satisfied that the terms- and condition? of entry or renewal are prejudicial to the proper fulfilment of the law. ull Sales of liquor for consumption off the premise? to bo restricted to bottle store?, such bottle stores to be closed earlier than the bare. All vessels containing such liquor to bear the stamp of the vendor. (p) Tile penalties for allowing drunkenness on the premise? and for illegal trading and all abuses of license to bo made heavier and more strictly enforced. 8. That this conference pledge? the Xcw Zealand Moderate. League to do everything in its power to r.’iny out the fundamental prim i] !e of the moderate creed: that all virluo lie.-, bet ween two eX-_ t femes and to promote the removal of abuses, and tho remedy of evils hitherto a-sneiated with tho manufacture, tale, and I'oesiimption of alcoholic beverage? by such legislative inca.-m es as may be found necessary. short ot direct interference with the rights of individual members o: ademocratic community to lomiol their so-'ia! habile and conduct, long as they do not infringe tie- tight? and liberties of others. 9. That this corJerenca, realising that there is imminent danger of Prohibition being carried by a small majority of these who vote, representing in effect sn actual minority of the electors, appeals to the general body of the people to oppose the Prohibition movement and to defeat the demand far Ko-!icense and National Prohibition at the forthcoming elections.
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THE MODERATE LEAGUE AND ITS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE FORTHCOMING ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
THE MODERATE LEAGUE AND ITS ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE FORTHCOMING ELECTION. Evening Star, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914
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