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UNSUCCESSFUL ATTACK.

NOISY LABOUR " BRAVES." MISS MELVILLE AT KINGSLAND. INTER JECTORS SILENCED. A small but noisy section of Labour supporters was much in evidence at Miss Melville's meeting at St. George's Hall, Kingsland, last evening, but the candidate \yas fully equal to the occasion. As Government candidate for Grey Lynn, Miss Melville has shown herself to be an uncompromising opponent of the official Labour Party, and it occasioned no surprise when a number of Labour " braves " took up a position near the door. The hall was packed to the doors, seating accommodation in the shape of planks and benzine tins having to be provided on the stage. 'Many people were unable to gain admission. Mr. T. Mclndoe presided, and did much to keep tlie meeting within bounds. A scathing attack on the professed aims of the New Zealand Labour Party earned the attention of the noisy section early in the meeting. Miss Melville remarked that although the Labour candidtaes gave various versions of the land policy the people had to keep their attention on the Labour platform adopted at the conference of last Easter as it was framed with not such a close eye upon the election. This statement evoked a storm of dissent. Two men in particular at the back of the hall made frequent interjections, and the chairman started to intervene, hut Miss Melville said she preferred to deal with them as they did not like to hear the truth about the Labour Party. She expressed the opinion that the interrupters were the same as those who had attended her meeting at Grey Lynn. Labour and Women. The candidate said she had noticed that day in the remarks of Mr. Holland that the Labour leader had realised the women of New Zealand had votes, and he had slipped in a little clause, not mentioned in the platform, providing for the removal of all political disabilities of women. The only political disability she knew of was that women were not allowed to sit sn the Upper House, and while Mr. Holland apparently proposed to remove that he was committed to the abolition of the Upper House when he got into power. If the Labour Party was genuine in its attitude toward women it would put up some women candidates, ' said Miss Melville. " They cannot tell me that they have not got women in the movement in Auckland equal at least to the. men they are supporting." A little later the candidate was repeating something that Mr. Holland had said when there was uproar from the back of the hail. Miss Melville: I do not like, what Mr. Holland says either, and I do not wonder :,hat you dislike it. (Applause.) The candidate also found occasion to remind the Labour section that she was (here to speak to the other people present as well. This silenced them for a while. References to the land question and its application to the housing problem were warmly applauded. The Government Policy. There' were demands from the back of the hall fo* a statement of her platform and Miss Melvill promptly replied that her platform was that of Mr. Coates—a vcrv simple one that did not promise something for nothing. (Applause,) Reference to the efforts being made to produce class warfare in a young democratic country drew further interjections, but the. majority of those present were with the candidate and she was able to proceed with her speech. In answering a number of questions Miss Melville explained that she had not, said, as stated by a questioner, that no member of the Labour Party had been born in New Zealand or fought for the country, but that none of the leaders had been born in the Dominion _ and therefore did not understand our attitude toward the land and our passion for the freehold. A Voice: Mr. Massey was not born in New Zealand. Miss Melville: No, but he came to the country as a boy, grew up among us and so came to know the mind of the people on this question. After answering a number of other questions the candidate, who was frequently applauded, was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, the mover saying that the matter of a vote, of confidence could be more appropriately recorded at the ballot box. LABOUR TN RAGLAN. ADDRESS AT Ml GAR UAW AH! A. MR. E. PICGOTT'S VIEWS. [BY TELEGRAPH. —OWN CORRESPONDENT.] HAMILTON. Wednesday. An attentive hearing was given at Ngaruawahia to Mr. Ernest Piggott, of Euckland, the. Labour Party's candidate for the Raglan seat. The Mayor, Mr. H. J. Sampson, presided over a good attendance. The speech was rambling and showed illiteracy. The aandiaate said he was certain the people were not satisfied with the present land system. The only way to alter it was bv putting into power a party that had sympathy with the small farmer, the small businessman, and tall men who_ worked either with their hands or their' brains. Under the Labour "usehold" system the farmer would not lose his purchase deposit and would be given credit for his improvements by the increased valuation of the land. He derided the Reform Government as being the friend :>{ the wealthy. He said large landholders had been given, enormous remissions of taxes, while during the last few years the banks had made prodigious profits at the expense of the producer, fhe time was fully ripe when a State bank, with the sole right to make a note issue, should be established. With a State bank, an agricultural bank would je unnecessary. There was now no competition between the banks, and all worked together to the detriment of the >mall farmer and the worker. "The Labour Party intend 1o have State Lips." said Mr. Piggott. Many people, bought State ships would not pay, but ie considered they could be profitablyun. At present the shipping companies were exploiting the farmers and those who worked for them, with the result that .rouble, such as ' had been experienced ately, followed. The candidate accused the Government if apathy toward the coalrniners. Many Reform supporters had money invested in Lipping companies and mines, and the uore coal that was imported into the :ountry the better it was for the pockets >f these men. He contended that the Labour Party was merely trying to carry jii the policy of the lat£> R. J. Seddon. A pitiful iale of the condition of the jouutry was narrated by the candidate, who said that although the wealth of the •our,try had increased by £4OO millions luring the Reform Party's administration, 'armers were walking off the land, bank•upteies had increased, the townspeople were without houses, and people were without clothes and blankets. The speaker protested that the Labour Party was patriotic. It believed in Christianity. It believed in the Union lack and in the Empire, It believed in i voluntary system of defence, and would be among the first to fight for the country if it was in distress. The party wanted to do away with military training in schools, and to inculcate in the boys the feeling of friendship toward the peoples of the world, and so bring about a state in which differences between nations would be submitted to arbitration and conciliation. The candidate was accorded a vote of thanks.

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UNSUCCESSFUL ATTACK., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19149, 15 October 1925

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UNSUCCESSFUL ATTACK. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXII, Issue 19149, 15 October 1925

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