THE THAMES ELECTION.
M.R I>EtEIBLE AT THE CENTRAL
At the Central Hall last night Mr E. Deeble, who ia contesting the sea* in the Opposition intrest, addressed the electors of Thames. Mr William Scott presided. There, was a large and representative audience. Mr Deeblet, in thei course of Ms rcniarks* explained that when previously* contesting the seat he had announced himself an Independent Liberal. 'Upon mature oons'-detraition: lie had come 1 to the conclusion that I independent Liberals aire <niot wanted hi Parliament, and he had decided . to stand in the Opposition interests, but still free and (unfettered by party ties. When last, he contested teh seat he diidl not think to- would be; so so<va
again Ifltyingi his views before tli'e pe>
ple of\.Thjaimes, The resilgnatiotn of. Mr MkjGkxwiaail ihad ibelen. received with. genera! regret "throughout tihe dominion. 'Bfe criticised ifche reconstruction of Ciaibinet and-thought^it colnitaine.l too many Southern! members. The jtfortfolios for Miaies and' Landisi should h!avcf beeM allotted 1 tio Northern tmieanibers. QEeu connection with the laßld question he ' declared 1 hiiniself an out atnd out freeholder. If a mtei, had the option
of converting ai leasehold into a freehold it wias a igreiait ineanb've to thrift and industry. IA/ leaseholder pure and simiple took all he oould out of the land, aindi the leasehold 1 system opeatfedi mi formi of serfdom. With, rcgaird to tjhiei iNktdve lands he held that f'"- Govflirnlmßnt in prev»nHn<r' the M'ii.?ri from d'srosinta; of liis laud was retarding; the progress of the country. Ec faVteed the .Na*iv& tiitles bein^ individualised, ;iamd after sufficient r<v eervatioinß had 'been) made, tihe Maioris ishouldbe all'owied! to disjpose of lihe balance to whomi thety thoiuight fit. The Native landls were Iniot beds for noxious weeds, arad the Maori eisioaped tiaxation; tout if a European, leased the same land he wag compelled to pay rates and clear the noxious weeds If© advocsatedf igrewter facilities being given to those on the land to acquire knowledge pertaiinling' to. agriculture. Institutions 'for .farmers sLmilar' to Schools of JMines for miners should.be
established. 'It olecteji he would modify tihe regulations and reduce the number of inspectors. With regard" to local ind-ustr.es ai certain amount of protection was necessair,y, but he considered there should'be ai reduction of dluity uponi goods that could mat be ■p-'oduced in New Zealand; He advocated the roadirig of all lands offered under' th© closer "settlement conditions, to enable sei^rs to ©et .produce to miairkefc and for children to attend school. The Government) should spend less upori tourist and pleasure resorts and more upon! roads. The Second Ballot A.ot was, ioi his' opinion, a useless and costly measure, and the £20,000 it cost, at the general eleotioin could blave 'been adVaintagWusly spent uipon. roade and bridges. Miiaingi had Ibeen sadly aiteglectid •undief tbhei i i prttßent; Adlministrar tiom In 1908-7 was voted bbmL only £11,057 expendied; in, 1907----8, #33 y 500 wa« voted/buit only £8--632; expended. Be oonisidereid niore enoouragement to praapeotors should be giveni. : .He tonteisted ..the. pos1;----fciodx with "Wesitern, Australia, where '£■20,000 amin'ua.lly wa» spent upon pi-'ospeotinjgi and modern crushing provided; in this cooitnltiry only £6^oo haid ibeieni spent upon prospecting.: The Mines JDepaiitmenit wanted rtoiglainjising. E© the reoeinit mining Idfinfoulty he did mot donsllder it was h qufifetioni to be decided; by the mdne ownerst amidi men. "VTheii the Governmeittb passed legislaftiittm. thiait was foumtHto be*"uniworkalblei it was the!ir duity tia subpend! or nepeal the nieagiutre. Wh ydid not Sir Joseph Wai'd rise! to tlhei odcasion. as Mr Sleddcn would! haiVe d'onei. Hla (the speaker) oonsidlered/ tihe only satisfactoiy wajr of recompeiafiii'ng mjiigers lafjd by froiQ miner's cfomplaiint wiwild 1 be- iky create
a fund 'by allocating -di portion: of the gold duty andi the Gc-Yerninuemt gubgidising it, He advensely onitioised fche method>of op^intmente to the Civil Service, and advotoated the egtaihlishmletnt «f a Boaird!. Hb comtnendied tlhle: Old Age Pensions Act, but considered) the measure fair* from perfeciti; he thought the (pension should* be more liljei'al and given to all. CB!e flavoured an* Bletctivei Legig-
la,tiva-Cb«iriioiil, fundfiadvodated oomipul-
sory volunteetring from the aige of 16 to 21. (He inferred to the question! of
finamioe, atoting 1 that;the. public.debt had 'betem imoreaisiefl by .£-2.,275,857. He also said tKait he was native boa*, hiad no Rxei to grind, and was a Liberal, allying ihimself to the Opposition.
Soveral questioii's vwre aafced and ninewered, alfcer wlilich a vote of thanks was passed to Mr Deeble for his address.
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THE THAMES ELECTION., Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10625, 27 January 1909
THE THAMES ELECTION. Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10625, 27 January 1909
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