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KILLED IN ACTION. LIEUTENANT G. S. LAVIE. Advice has been received of flic death of Lieutenant George Sissmore Lavic, of Christchurch, who was killed in action on Sunday, June 11. He was Ihe son of the late Henry G. Lavie, a coffee planter in Ceylon, and was a grandson of Sir Thomas Lavie, who was also an army man. He was born at Ceylon, and educated at Bedford Grammar School, and afterwards in Switzerland,

■where he studied engineering. Lieui tenant Lavie then eame to New Zeaj land, where he took uj) land, first at iGeraldine, then at Waimate, and later at West Eyreton. He had a 1 severe illness at the latter place, and had to relinquish farming pursuits. ! He took up his residence at Sumner, ; and was for some time on the stall" of Blackburn and Smith, Christchurch. : Lieutenant Lavie was an active [member of the Sumner Bowing Club, of the Sumner Life Boat Brigade, of which he was second lieutenant, and : of the Sumner Life-saving Society, of which he was captain. He was also one of the first members of the Suni- | ner-Redclifl's unit of the C.D.C., and was elected a sergeant. Lieutenant I Lavie was a most active and valued 1 , member of these local bodies. He went into the officers' training camp in April of last year, and left New '{Zealand in October. He was ' accorded a big farewell gather- ' ing at Sumner prior to leaving. Lieutenant Lavie was greatly esteemed by his men, and by t [widow and two children, who live in !! Fendalton Road. Mrs Lavie has long 'been one of the most ardent Bed • i Gross workers in Christchurch. : Lieutenant Lavie's widowed mother "resides in England. His only •brother, Major H. K. Lavie, is fighting with an Indian regiment.

the member for Ashburton, had been grossly unfair in the past, and if under the present war conditions further taxation was to be extracted from the farmer in the same way, I the system was most unfair. Taxation had not been fair under Mr Balance's Act. Sir Joseph Ward said in the House when the Financial Statement was under discussion last year that he had assisted Mr Ballance to a considerable extent in putting that system through. It had not been a 1 fail - system then. It was more unfair under the late Mr Scddon; it became still more unfair under the Masscy .Government; and it promised to be- : come more unfair under the National Government. If a system were founded on a wrong principle the more it was added to the more unjust it became. He knew of dozens of farmers in Canterbury and Otago who had large bank overdrafts previous to the war. Since the war began they had added to those overdrafts by giving money to the patriotic funds, at the same lime contending with two drought seasons. Yet further taxation was imposed upon them. Although, of course, he did not know what was coming down in the Budget—taxation might be increased or reduced by it—he believed it would be found that the farmers' position would he worse. He protested against this course. He wanted full taxation upon profits, hut would continue to object to taxation on a farmer's debts. The answer ;to question No. 11, asked by the ! honourable member for Masterton, 'proved the unfairness of the whole, system. lie would be quite frank ; about it. He was not going to support the National Government or am |other Government which continued i such a system of taxation. If he could find another member to tell with him on the question he would vote against the National (iovernlnenl if it did not amend this injustice and initiate a system that was fair and just. Anyone who understood the system of taxation, anyone who would lake the trouble to analyse the position, could not possibly approve of Ihe system of taxation in vogue to-day, and support it as honest and fair lo Ihe people on Ihe land. B.O'N.

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FOR KING AND EMPIRE., Sun, Volume III, Issue 735, 19 June 1916

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FOR KING AND EMPIRE. Sun, Volume III, Issue 735, 19 June 1916