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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION.

TO Till! EDITOR. Sir.—Al.-v.y me to thank Mr F. Kennedy for Jits able letter n, your i-Mie a 7th .inst.. and in doing ~n [ would, like to pla.ee before your readers, as brielly as pos-s-ibie. how the difficulty can bo overcome; and New Zealand is certainly the. couutrv it can be- done in. beoauo.. the working classes, by the ballot box. have, the power in then- own. hands to elect true, uncompromising Pud ira is and Social Dcmocratci to Parliament. The, scheme id this: ' J. Place on the Statute .Book a Xatioiialisaiinn of Land Act that, will pievide, that on a, certain date till land .excluding improvements, of course) tdnilt become the property of the Crown. 2. That, provided no large cstateo i large, I mean, in the sense of value) are allowed, Die. present owner lie given a very long lease (say 50 years, as per the old Jewic-h. law) of the'land, <o, long as he makes the best use of i\\a kind, because, cultivation of the land means Increased wealth. ••• In.- then ''tenant" would not he permitted to " traffic"' with the, land. 'I. As tenant lie would pay a. nominal rental to ilf Government, of., say, ig-om ~d or 6d per a.ero for poor laud io, say, Pas per .acre at the most for the beat

land of the Dominion, because revenue would .Mill be. required to run the coun-

try politically. Of roiir.se, the wealthy "a.iidewuoi.s v. ill

object to the above fa-home, but no can imderetand I hem objecting, because the burden of the taxation will fail on thorn, as it .should do, but docs not, at, prreeut. Workers of all classes owning land will probably object well, some bec.'tii-o ot sheer sentiment, in wanting; to see the

"title deerk'' in their own names, and others beeaui-e they do not, know any iir-t----\ev. {or t;,o minvy. unle,i(.unateiy. cannot see further than (heir noses. Put when I explain that it- would mean practically ilie abolition (if .not, altogether eventually') of tho Customs duties, and instead of a. woiking man with the average wace of £l2O to £150" per annum a-ndji largo family to support, paying nearly £oo p"r annum (4s to ss, out of every £) indirectly to the T.iv-rnment by way of duties on clothes, boots, foedGuifs. and even on flour at a, time when wheat ic. supposed ('.'j to lie scarce in the Dominion. That saute worker or working fanner won" probably lie paying almost nothing indirectly, and anything' fiom. say, 5s to £lO per annum instead of the nearly £3O per annum he has to pay tit present through the Customs. Workers, would it not ''pay" to put true bare-majority Social Democrats, such as Air J. W. MvuiTO, into Parliament to help to make life a little easier for you —I am,, etc.. Gkoitcr. cn Thomson". January 9.

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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION., Evening Star, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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POLITICIANS AND THE LAND QUESTION. Evening Star, Issue 15696, 9 January 1915

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