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LAND REFORM., Issue 15699, 13 January 1915
TO THE KL>!TOH. Sir. — I o'.iv d -t v ibvv aI .■ to cphniemcd upon the Hindarat.' tcim of their ‘■pieties. l->pecir.lly at .• u>"h a- thnc- as stronger Luggage might Jw. <li emed excusable. hj ca:;;.„i l.v .kmi.d that everywhere ian.l is a; ki in idlcmproducing no fowl for the people, while at the same lime a i-vopi.nioa of tkil's children two <!\ in,' of liuugci. .1 ivrUiiii umnh-T of His children claim to have rerpiircd the .-■■■io right to Wv-rpy ivtain po: emus ot the fai’hn siu’taee, and to keep ttulr iV-lhnv-rnii off th.it jand-Mikr apm. X nv, is there are lie;:-; ;ha i i.e, then tia.te are 'amlheldcid. it- f.>l!uw< that seme have n., right ic ;v; f ~..1 cn any part of IhrsT.?arth, except it be a roadway, dcmi'med to the of th-- piillio. Hut, (JcdT child not allowed by It:.; luvfliers to sleep there, ardor paii! of imp! isnmnf ir. .-..t lent | ; e must cither pay i-m; f.. r she u-e of i.aai, or least him.-,hi 1 the a,a. \\ lifl. I;- as yet ire*' j„ ;fi, A mu! MieU a i oi.-dition <■! a flair- the erv .tunes calling m.eu to light is- Ok ir country. 15ut, yi'iehi.a.-s gracious. one Jp’.mie yard • f i hat country iia.v. ;hv most trcii gut a . i-ijit to .-■t lh.-ir foot. inmi!. so that the erv .-duath! piopi rly iv aadre.-vd !•> 'he..-,,; wih. are !|, . ■■,,-i'p;; 1 !.. 1! f the soil, the aggregate <'•: winch v, e call "oil " .lemtry. wit", no, mrer:'.:,.:; i.f .-ciivusm or iioiiv. Mat it is tie- laiidltvu v. mo ic-valiv re spend to the ci'i! and give if.-i;- lives in i d-ieiicc of throe who stay at it roe upon i 1 he hind liuri On-v cal! theirs, giving their j silver with oiu- hand and perhaps ..es imrmg wheat with the other. Trulv. we are ayieat people. In ('anterbuiT the I'rmvu lands were sold at £2 per aere. in Otago we sold u for Hi per acre, and ia Westland for 10s per aero. 'l’tjen teas instituted Sir Julius Vogel's ■'-'.•heme oi iiianit;tvii vm and public wor las. Wo burrowed millions of ! money with w’imh to. const met rail ways j and arterial roads for rim b.merit- < f those i v.liu had purchased the freehold, or “ the right to hold the hud. and so :n< reused the value oi tneso land.? fifty-fold. Huttie- invuvt upon those milh.uis of Imr-rc-.ivl nioiey had if, Iv paid, aid one wouai riiniiio" ttuir. tile proj.ier i-m.-.cto pay it- would rlu- ennein.-d landed pin- j prietors; lun no, iinlirect ta-.xatioii was Hie. I thiny. as Hilt said in the British Hmia.- of j I, trmite-ns ; "jjy this means ! can tax the coat off a, man's back, and the food out j of Ins Mioinanh, without his it.” j liuly t!i<> Castoms-house is a, civut in- j atitution. It alfe-rtis a ready means of i fimliiiC rnoner. and as lim Jandl-css are in the great majority, it in the lansliess, the poorest ui God's children, that aiv made to pay instead of the- richest. There ;s ; need to marvel at the- increased cost of living. Ihe woi king mun now ba,s to pay 4s to tlie Customs-iiouse fur every pound lv* earns. .Not the cost of the counni.-'ditv, but tho cost added bv the (.’ustoms-honse is the harden under which the toiler sutlers, as Pitt styKj. without ius knou iny it.” Ho that vve have- him (juamdJing wiUi his employer (his best friend), clamoring for Lytrimr wages, kdling the iiniustry in which Jie is engay-c-d. inst-v-d of insisting that tlw burden be taken off hi- shoulders a-ltogether by a reduction of Customs duties, and th» adjustment of the -iminccs; oi the country Iliads in :* fair and just manner hv the. taxation ot the added values given to the land by the- expenditure f, t borrowed money and the infivix ot population. The present war means future taxation. How shall that, he levied? Will it he by «add®d Customs duties, so that the wealthy shell escape lightly, or shall it be by means of a tax on land values? I venture to say that an attempt will It* roads, aat twua.l. to thrust the burden upon the Ca-storas-houss and carnally guard landed interests. It is the duty yf every man to tight for a woman yr a. child, and in coasepuence to fight for the country of which be is a subject; but when, it comes to paying the cost of war, not in blood, but in gold, it is right that those who claim tha ownership of the Dominion should pay for its dafenae. Neither the Massey nor the Ward parfcv will act fairly to the workers unless under strong pivrsrre, and I advise workers to s-nipport th- Otago branch of the Lund Values League.—l am, etc.. Justice. January 13,
LAND REFORM., Issue 15699, 13 January 1915
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