THE WAIRAU ELECTION.
[MR DODSON AT MARLBOBOUGH- ! TOWN. Mb Dod39N addressed a crowded meeting ot eleators at the Marlborouehtown Public ■ Hall da Saturday night; The rdord was orowded; and a largo namber being uaable to obtain admission, listened to the proceedings from outside the hall. The chair _waa taken by Mrßiohard Matthews, who introduced the candidate m a few appropriate words.
Mr Dodson addressed the meeting at some length, going over similar ground to that dealt with m Blenheim. He specially thanked the electors of tha Spring Creek district for their vote at the last election! They had been supposed to be hostile, : bnt : the result proved that the iact, so far as residential electors was concerned, was otherwise; Be hoped that their' ddrifi-' deaee m him would be continuedj for he could show that it. had not been reposed m vain. He ma4a special reference to local topics; particularly to tile Wairau Bridge. As to this, he paid a marked tribute to Mr Rioliard Matthews' servio<;s m connection with it, and said that he (Mr Dodaon) and Mr Conolly worked -together as one man for the Wairau Bridge and other public works, although sometimes they were voting on different sides of the house. Mr Dodaon also referred to the disorganisation of the Opposition, the Hospital, the special trains, and the', road from Spring Creek to Benwioktown/' He had been accused of patting members of his family into public positions. His brother George had been put on the -Lands Board without his knowing anything'about it, and "the Government had actually objected to a name he had brought forward, and passed it over m favor of his brother. He referred also to the North Island Trunk K? ! lway, Anrieiation and Federation, and the provinoip. 1 . liabilities. He asked them to re-elect him so that he might finish the work he had begun. He would stand one one side for a better man, bat sach a mm had not yet j been put forwpvd (Cheers).
Mr F. McNellis asked if Mr Dodson would support Sir Geo. Grey's Constitution Bill to' abolish the. : Legislative Council, which was an ineumbrance to the colony.
Mr Dodson would not support Sir.Geo. Grey m any bill he brought fbrward.' Jle would rather stay at-home than do that. Grey had really no wish to abolish ;the Council, and his attempted legislation was', always complete humbug. ~ He (Mr • D.) was not favourable -to abolishing the Upper House altogether, but he would like to see it elective, and smaller m number. . .. .
Mr McNellis said Sir George Grey waa the representative of the working men of the colony^ and their champion! He was the Gladstone of New Zealand, arid/yet Mr Dodson was not prepared to folloip him.
Mr. Dodson said he belonged to the working classes and his- instincts nwarg with them, but he did not. speak as ! the special representative of that or any other class. Sir George Grey's assumption to specially represent the working man -waa sheer buncombe.
In reply to a question, from MrPirani as to tho Property Tax, Mr Dodson said he would exempt growfng crop' 3 and wool on the sheep's back. • ' ; - ■
Mr Joseph Redwood asked for an explauation as to the provincial liabilities. Mr Dodson said that be spoke of a distinct thing called Provincial Liabilities, and not of the votes of the year to which Mr Ward referred. A good many saoh votes were put on, bat they wera not all spent. What Mr Ward missed were saoh things as the extension of the road to Dillon's Point, which they only got from Government within the last few months. As for the parliamentary votes a number were pnt on every year, and, as far as he was coucerned, he took care that they were not put ou without being spent. Mr Joseph Redwood said that every farthing of the £15,000 mentioned by Sir Ward had been spent m the province.
Mr Dodaon reminded Mr Redwood thkt several of the votes were not carried oat till long after Mr' Ward left Parliament. Mr Ward never got a roid or a bridge made. As for the extension of the line into Blenheim it was done by Mr Maoaddrew four years after Mr Ward left' the House.
Mr Prichara asked if tha L 5.000 for tha OUrenoe Bridge was not part of tha L 15,000, and whether that was spent; - " Mr Dodson said it was part, r of tha Lls,OoQ,.and had iigt been,gpejiit« fMessrs' O'Neil, Pirani, ana Charles Elliot, repeated questions put.tjy tliem^at Ewarf's Hall, ana Mr Dodsbh replieai i ' Other questions having beeu put and answered to the satisfaction of the andienoe, Mr C. Stagg proposed a vote oi thanks and oonfidenoe. It was seoonaed by Mr Lankow, and carried by # acclamation, and with only a few dissentients. Mr Dodson thanked the meeting for its confidence, and proposed a vote of thauks to the Chairman. This was carried, and tho proceedings came to an end.
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THE WAIRAU ELECTION., Marlborough Express, Volume XX, Issue 156, 7 July 1884
THE WAIRAU ELECTION. Marlborough Express, Volume XX, Issue 156, 7 July 1884
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