LOCAL OPTION POLLS
A NO-LI DENSE VIEW. Dealing with the Bill introduced by the Government for taking local option polls, a writer in the Vanguard, tiie organ of the no-license party, remarks : “The Bill has yet to run the gauntlet of criticism in committee and elsewhere, and care must be taken to prevent the inclusion of anything that would give an unfair advantage to the Liquor party. But the main principle of the Bill, that of ensuring a local option poll whenever a General Election may take place is one that will receive the hearty endorsement of Temperance workers all over the colony. It is the concession of a tight that we have been requesting for years.”
The editor of the Vanguard regards the Bill as e phatically a politicians bill. “In the conserving of the Licensing Poll,” ho writes, “we get a measure of justice that could hardlybe withheld by any Ministry with safety, in view of the huge No-license vote. We shall be glad of this ; but it is so manifestly our bare right that it is not much to be grateful for. At the same time the passage of the Bill will anger and disappoint the Liquor fraternity. 'With the powerful aid of the late Premier, they have always hoped to wrest from the people the right to vote triennially on License or No-License—or at least by some side legislation 'to cripple the people’s power. If this Bill is passed, it goes far to confirm our present right. Seeing then that the liquor-sellers will not view the main provision with favour, some sop must be thrown to them at - our expense ; and we have the proposal to merge several smaller districts, whose capture for No-license is imminent, into large areas that may not be won for years. It is just the sort of proposal we should have expected from the Seddon Government—it disappoints us as coming from the present Ministry, its purpose is so obvious. Expediency seems still the order of the day, and we ask, Why should these districts be merged ? Who asked for any action in this direction being taken ? Did the NoLi censo Party ? Did the people? Did the brewers ? In the answer, you have the explanation of the matter in a barrel.
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LOCAL OPTION POLLS, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907
LOCAL OPTION POLLS Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 23, 28 September 1907
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