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THE THUS ELECTION.

W. ffi.LmJAiSV^EtWS 1.

LAiDIES AXD GENTLEMEN;—

The position with regarl to the Thames Bye-Election is ifaw materially changed, and instead oi having five candidates In the field with various conflicting interests the contest has now narrowed down to a direct issue between Mr; E. Jl. Taylor and myself, both being'supporters «f : the present' Liberal Government, the late contest having coqclusively proved that' the majority of the Electors are in favour of the present Government. I am contesting the seat in the Government interest from a conviction that their legislation has been in the best interests of the people of the colony as a whole, and although they have at times made mistakes, they have always taken the earliest opportunity of rectifying them. I entirely approve of the present system of Education, which is on a standard equal to any nation in the world, ; but would be in favour of still further improvement in the extension cT Technf.cal Schools and. of greater facilities being given to .the- children of brighter intellect attending country of obtaining, hgher education at the nearest High School or Collese absolutely free. On the Land policy I agree with the present different systems under which land is being dealt with, and so long 1 as the land set apart for national endowments is conserved and retained for the purpose of providing funds for educational and other like purposes I wouldfbe in favour of all other Crown lands ibeing dealt with on the system of lease with the right of purchase as already provided for, and sale for cash, in, of course, restricted areas, according to tlie quality of the lan i. I entirely approve and would support the Bill recently outlined by the Premier under the title of the Land for Settlement Finance Bill, and which, provides for the purchase of large -wrivate. estates by a number of intending settlers, the purchase money for whiioh is to be guaranteed by the Government and repaid by tho selector at the rate of 4 per centi interest on the capital value and 1 per cent, sinking fund, the payment of which .for a period of 33 years will entitle the holder to the aibsolute freehold of his section at the end of that period. This would, in my opinion!, foe an extremely favourable system;, and would tend greatly to increasing the closer settlement- of the. Land! of the country districts. With regard to the lands set apart as national endowments 1 approve of the present system of leasehold for 66 years with risrhts o? renewal, the conditions of which are' fair and reasonable, and the keen eoimjpetition for these lands at the periodical ballots proves that it is popular with the majority of intending settlers who are not in a position to purchase freehold land owing tr. lack of capital. These condition* **t out that the rights of renewal ire perpetual, arid aire handed down from generation to generation, and thatthe revaluation is made on: the unimproved value of the land only, and does not in any way include the improvements made by the tenant, and that if he does not desire to renew the lease a* the end of the term he receives full compensation for a'l improvemente made during his term, of lease. Then* with' regard to , the pastoral leases, there is a considerable area of these lands on the Eaat Coast of this electorate at • present unoccupied-owing to the shoort term, of lease allowedy v!lz.,'i2l years, and to the drastic nature of the regulations by which, they are jgovgßted, and I would endeavour to have the term of the lease extended to 66 years with perpetual rights of renewal, and the regulations modified so asi to give, more encouragement to gemuikiie settlers who desired to take up sections for .pastoral purposes, and I am of the! opinion that a special Ranger should 'be ■ appointed'to inspect all sectiooniß applied f6r *und-Jr iristructl|mß from; the JWarden, so as to facilitate the granting of applicitions as much as possible, and if this course were adopted I. feel confident that the large extent of exc©lle.Qt grazing country now lying idle would speedily provide homes for a large number of families.

In til© legislation- under the Agricultural Department very great assistance has been given to the farming community in the way of introducing 1 the simplest and most up-to-daite systems of all branches of farming, for which purposes experimental farm® have been established, in various parts of the colony. Some l'.ttle friction has lately been, caused by ai misunderstanding with, regard -to the proposed dairy regulations. They are still in abey&iince pending suggestion^ from, the farmers themselves, who 'ftppear to object to tha introduction *of still more inspectors to control the dairies for the .purpose of keeping up amd improving the standard value of butter for exportation!. This matter in my opin.on could be better regulated by the factories themselves, where " the milk could be properly tested as it was received 1 and^ paid for accordingly to its quality, amd if this were dome the fairmelrs would speedi'.ly find ths benefit of eflctra oaire amd attention to the ooindiitiomV of their dairies, and would contend, with, each other in obtaining the hijghest praise* for their milk.

The Advance ix> - Settlers Act Is anotiher, measure of whi<jh I approvel, and ■which has been; very beneficial to the small settler* in all parts of the colony, as it has enabled them 16 borrow money at low rates of interest for the improvement of their farms, and. has also had the effect of keeping down the rate of interest generally throughout the country. The extension of this Act to suburban. and town districts has also enabled numbers of workers to procure comforN aible homes of their own, which they could hot otherwise have done;

With regard to mining, I do not approve of the cheeseparing policy adopted iby the Government with regard to the encouragement of this most important industry, and wwiH advocate a more vigorous policy in tins irespect, and that substantial assistance should be givem to the dere-

lopn.ent of the deep levels of our goldfields aaid the systematic prospecting q{ ithe, 4)f*vk".-iW)untry lying between the ThaiMeß and' the East Coast of the peninsula, as If this were done 1 am of the opinion that important discoveries would be made which would increase the general prosperity of the district. I also, think that some action should be taken to prevent large areas of the goldfield being locked up, unworked for speculative purposes, and that protection should only be granted -on condition tha*. tributerß be allowed to work in such portions of the nine as are not beinj worked by the companies.

- With-regnrd to the, Defence policy, this is also, on the same footing »* mining r'nafeibuch as encouragement is given to .the youn<r men of the Dominion- who .give their services free to their .country, and tintler'the present 1 system no inducement is'given to Volunteers to undergo the training necessary under Lh** present stringent, regulations to ailtitle them to the very small amount of enpitat.on allowed, which, is no* even then sufficient to pay the working expenses of the various companies and provide the necessary nil - forms and equipments. ;. v

The Old Age Pensions Act is one of wh.'.oh I approve, but am of til? opinion that certain amendments Are still necessary to make it perfect, ti? the present restrictions practically prevent an old age : pensioner from, supplementing h'.s or her pension fey any little amount they m&v foe able to earn from time to time, and- T would endeavour to have these re*, moved and also the trouble and annoyance to which they are put annually in proving their claim to the pension year after year, and I th'^nk tihiat once an. old age pensioner his proved the claim to the pension: at the outset it ought to remain for life except in the even* of its being wasted in intoxicating liquor, when it should be paid to the nearest Charitable Aid Board to be used for "ais benefit.

Trusting to be favoured with your support on polling day, Thursday, February 4th, I remain, ladies and gentlemen, ' 1 Tour Obedient Servant, ; W. H. LTJOAS.

Mr W. HL Lucas has been visiting the backblocks of the electorate and has displayed considerable energy. After a visitr to Ooromandel Mr Lucaa proceeded ta/'Kuaotunui, Stoney Greek, Whitaiangia, Omniitown, Tairua, HSikuai, Broken, Bills, and is retiur-i----ing to Thames.to-day via. Neavesville. Hfe met with "good receptions in : a:l the district® visitied. .

Mr El. HL Taylor addresses the electors of Thames at the Central Hall to-night. During the week Mr Taylor ha® addressed mneefcings }n various patrts of the electorate <amd hais spok'in at Cooromiandel, Mafcatoke," Hikutaia, ■and other- places. •Ail electors whose*names are on the electoral roll can vote ait the. Thames bye-election to-nw>rlrow whether th*y voted ait the first election or not.

Mr 13. Deeble thanks all tlhose who supported him at the reoent election A meeting! of "Mr Luda^': ladies oohv TOJtitee -will TaeJ held in tihe Miners' Union Hall to-night. Lady supporters unable to •attend the first meeting are invited to be present.

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THE THUS ELECTION., Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10631, 3 February 1909

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THE THUS ELECTION. Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10631, 3 February 1909

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