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VICTIMISATION ALLEGED. A MINISTE3UAL - CONTRADICTION [Special to the Stah.V CHRISTCHURCH, December 10. In the Christchurch ‘ Star * of yesterday evening there appeared a correspondent's telegram from Carterton headed “ Hornkby’s Disclosure : Victimisation in Wairarapa," which is repeated in to-day's ‘ Lyttelton Times’ as follows. The mes- ■ sage begins : In the course of his address at Martlnborough Mr J. T. M. Hornsby, Liberal candidate for the Wairarapa scat, called attention to the victimisation of a Government employee. A young man who had been for eight months on the telegraph construction gang had suddenly had his services dispensed with on the Monday night at the Kahutara School. This young" man had moved a motion of thanks and confidence in him (Mr Hornsby). The motion of confidence had been withdrawn at the speaker’s request, and one of thanks only was carried. On Wednesday evening that young man “got the bullet." He was sacked. Xow, there were one of two things : Either the young man was an inefficient and unworthy man or he had been victimised. Inquiry showed that the man was a good worker. He had been eight months in the gang; therefore it was clear that the young fellow had been victimised because he had become a little prominent in politics. This was a.discreditable business, and one that needed to bo visited with the marked displeasure of the whole community. On mentioning the matter to the Hon E. H. Rhodes (Postmaster-General), he authorised me to say that when he saw the message to-day he at once communicated with the Secretary of the Post and Telegraph Department to ascertain the facts, and received the following reply : There is absolutely no foundation for the statement that the services of Mr partment, were dispensed with on ;;c count of his taking part at M r Hornsby’s meeting at Kahutara. The position is that had been previously warned that his services wen not satisfactory, and that if he failed to improve he would have to be dis ponsed with. In spite of this warning his work showed no improvement, anc he was accordingly paid off. On 11k 3rd inst. ho had a week’s warning. Th officer responsible for dispensin'; will "s services assures mo that he wa; not aware that Mr Hornsby’s meeting had ever been held. The publication of such an outrageous statement on the of the General Election may have had, Mr Rhodes thinks, some influence on voters in the Wairarapa. It is only fair to his department, he says, that the facts should be given publicity.

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THE WAIRARAPA SEAT, Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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THE WAIRARAPA SEAT Evening Star, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914