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AN APPEAL TO THE MODERATE ELECTOR.

!TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In your issue of the 'Star' dated 16th inst. there appeared a letter signed "It. S. Stephenson" urging the electors cf I Dunodin Central to support flic picsrnti Government. Unfortunately iur the Go- ! venimeiit. the reasons forwarded by Mr Stephenson for such support are not likelv to appeal successfully to the. average elector'. Your correspondent stated, inter alia: "Their reform of the Legislative Council and the Civil Service mean the aVir.Ht-ic.il c.l Orrvirr-nYm-iit patrraast u-n.l of political influence, in making appointments." Your correspondent want.-, the Government to be judged on this solitary Act. ■'rather than on the cost of hying." 1 submit, sir. if is quite fail' that the Goveriunfiit should he judged on both, therefore. 1 wi-h to ask Mr Mepheuson if he : : , aware that, prior to the passing of the Legislative Act. the Hon. Mr M;i--ey appointed 1-1 supporters to <iio Legislative Council, every member of whom i- over life's allotted =pan, and their idea- are older. Every one of the 14 Councillors voted against the i eduction of hour- in woollen mills from A3 to AS hours per week. If Mr Stephenson was earning hiliving as a woollen mill employee would he endorse the action of the Government who appointed those men? 1 can assure Mr Stephenson that his assertion re the abolition of Government patronage and political influence in making appointments re.-ts .-olely on his: imagination. Surely he. must have heard of the Roy Garlic'k affair, and it is well understood that the Public Service Commissioners are merely political vcntriloquial dolls. It is very nice of Mr Stephenson to tell your readers that the Government should not be judged on the cost of living. Rut if Mr Stephenson had eight or nine children to support out of his earnings as a genera! laborer, waterside worker, or tradesman hi.- vote would certainly he influenced by the daily soaring of prices of the necessaries of life. Mr Stephenson urges that "this election goes fa>- towards deciding issues that affect the whole country, and the electors at this crisis should award their votes not by reason of prejudice or ot personal or eln-s interest, but o,i broad patriotic grounds for the welfare, of New Zealand." 7f the electors oi Dunedin Central record their votes on the grounds stated by Mr Stephenson they must, vote for Mr Munro, who will support the party that placed on the Statute Book of New Zealand the following Acts, viz. : —Factories Act, Land for Settlements Act, Land and Income Tax, Shops Act, Advances to Settlers Act, Conciliation and Arbitration Act, Shipping and Seamen's Act, Manual and Technical Instruction, Old Age Pensions. State Coal Mines Act, Workers' Dwellings Act. Civil Ecrvice Classification Act. Extension of ,

Franchise to Women. Advances to Workers Act. National Endowments Act, Public Service Superannuation. Infant Life Protection Act, Ilailway Service Classification Act, Workers' Compensation Act, Native Lands Act. Public Debt Extinction Act, Aid to Water Powers, Fruit. Farms Settlement. Land Settlement Finance Act, Monopoly Prevention Act, National Provident Fund, State Fire- Insurance Act. In fact, the worker in his home and occupation, tlift seaman on his ship, the farmer on his holding, the miner at the coal face, the babe in its cradle, the aged poor, every man, woman, and child in "the country, have all been helped and protected by the. beneficent and humanitarian legislation of the party whom .Mr Mumo will assist to place in power if elected. Can Mr Stephenson deny that- the Masscy party opposcd every one of the foregoing Acts, and yet, while holding office (accidentally), had not dared to repeal one of those measures. —I am, etc., -M. WAums. January 20.

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AN APPEAL TO THE MODERATE ELECTOR., Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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AN APPEAL TO THE MODERATE ELECTOR. Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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