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Mr Arkwright's Meeting at Stanway

• ~7~ '■ — - -.♦ : • >. :• ! ' ;. . A; "welLrt tended meeting was- held Ht tllieiwhbolho^se.Stanway'rqad'.on^Satur- ' 1 4ay eveaii«fr,'tb' Kearny Ark wrigh t's elec-j ''; tion address. ,Mr G, "Wheeler occupied > .'the, chair, and in, a tew words introduced s , Jtfeei candidates. -: Bf r Arkwright eommetided by .r-ef erring . ' to the land question, and said ' no doubt - evils had aru*pn in the past ia connection : therewith, but he did not think they were ■ao great as some speakers made them out to be. ,He would not support Sir George ; i Grey's proposed land tax for the purpose .• of bursting :up large, estates. He had studied Mr George's book on Progress, and Poverty veiy carefully, and he said; ; <_ie must admit he could not understand . ; the remedy proposed therein, but hei, 1 thought it Slight be advisable in the , ; future- to limit the quantity of land a man •might inherit, but he would rather let things take their natural course. He liext referred to the education question, •and said he thought the cost was more than the colony could bear. He would not 'support any hard aud fast line, as it , might press hard on country districts ;if 7 . years was made the lowest age at which ' i s child ftJiQuld be allowed to enter school, j < He now offered to answer any questions, j ! and on. being asked by Mr T. Sexton what quantity of land he would make the limit j that a man might ihlierit, said he had nothing definite to propose on the subject. It might be that 5000 acres was a fair quantity. . A lii' xeply to .Mr' Harris, he said he ! ( thought 150 guineas for the honorarium c was amply sufficient. . i Mr Sexton asked if he would favor s grants to denominational schools. < —Mr ArkwrigJ^ said if fchey taught an * el. uientary -education and opened the l schools for inspection, he would be in : tator of giving them grants. Mr Sexton — Then if Catholics built . schools, and taught an elementary education, and opened tlieir schools for inspec- r tbm, you would be in favor of giving them a grants of public money ? Mr Arkwright — Yes I ■ (Jn thin answer being eiren expressions of d.itsent were heard from various parts - of fhe room. Mi Harris asked if be would be in fnror of withdrawing the subsidy from the San Francisco mail service, aud giv- - iog it to encourage the direct steam •errice. \ Mr Arkwright— Yes ! . In reply to .Mr Sexton he said he would -i he in faror of the. Government resuming the pre-emptive right over native lands. -JV\r 'Sexton asked it he bad seen the reports of the various proposed routes of the Northern Trunk Railway, and if so what route he would be disposed to favor. Mr •» rkwrigbt. replied .that lie had not seeu-any report of the- Oroua Valley route, but frent what he had hoard of that route he believed it to be a very unfavorable one. -Judging from the reports he had *#en he was in favor of the. central route, utarting from Greatford or 'Marton. Mr Sexton asked him. if elected, what party he would support. He re pled that if h6 had been in the last Parliament he would have supported the Atkinson Ministry, but he looked . upon Mr Wakefield as one of the most ' promising pubiic men. and if he, was able j to -form a party he would feel inclined to follow him. In answer to Mr Sexton he said he should be opposed to any further borrowing, except for roads aud bridges construction, and main lines of railway. On being asked by Mr Sexton his opinion on the subject of federation and . annexation he said we had quite enough ' to do to manage- our own affairs, without troubling ourselves with the islands of the* Pacific, and that hefore we joined in ' any federation scheme with Australasia we ought to federate amongst ourselves. Mr Douglas moved and Mr Symonds seconded a vote of thanks to Mr Arkwright. Mr Harris > moved and Mr McCrea seconded, as an amendment a vote of confidence in Mr Arkwright. Arter some slight dispute as to the number in favor .of the amendment, the Chairman declared it carried. j A vote of thanks to the Chairman terminated the meeting.

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Mr Arkwright's Meeting at Stanway, Feilding Star, Volume VI, Issue 12, 8 July 1884

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Mr Arkwright's Meeting at Stanway Feilding Star, Volume VI, Issue 12, 8 July 1884