Both the candidates for this seat are strangers to Parliamentary life. Mr E. W. Alison stands as an independent candidate, reserving to himself the right to support or oppose the Government legislation as his judgment directs, while Mr Hatfield avows himself an out-and-out Government supporter. If ihe merits of the candidates were to be judged by the amount of vigour they have shown in this campaign, then Mr Alison would take first place easily, because he has entered upon the contest with energy and spirit, while Mr Hatfield has approached it in a timid and half-hearted manner. Mr Alison' has now been so many years before the people, and is such a prominent figure in public, commercial and social life, that little need be said concerning his qualification as a politician, beyond the fact that his training has eminently fitted him for Parliament. He was little more than twenty when he first successfully contested a seat on the Waitemata County Council, and since then he has devoted much of his time to the service of the people on local governing bodies. To his administrative capacity, and progressive enterprise, both as mayor and councillor, Devonport to-day largely owes her popular and prosperous situation as our finest suburb. As managing director of the Ferry Company and other industrial undertakings such as the Taupiri Coal Company, Mr Alison has done much to promote the prosperity of Auckland and develop its industrial enterprises. And finally, in his position as one of the representatives of the employers on the Conciliation Board, he has shown that he possesses a broad and judicial mind, so essential in a member of Parliament Mr Hatfield is not by any nieansso well known, but hisrecord is also good, and he has shown excellent administrative capacity as a member of the Waitemata County Council. He is also a man of estimable personal qualities. As between the two, however, there is no question that Mr Alison would make the better member of Parliament. His speech at Devonport, in which he so trenchantly reviewed the financial administration of the Government, was a political master-piece, and rose to the level of the speeches of eminent party leaders. Also, Mr Alison is a live man, such as we require to hustle along Auckland's interests, while the platform to which he has pledged himself is as liberal as anything the Government can offer, without being socialistic. We expect to see Mr Alison elected.
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WAITEMATA., Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 10, 22 November 1902
WAITEMATA. Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 10, 22 November 1902
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