Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 102

Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 102

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...from the honourable member, compared with his adverse reasoning when the scheme was first brought down before Parliament. Any one who went through the country at the time he refers to must know that, while there was an abundance of money in the colony, there was a very tight hand holding on to it. Why, the-capitalists were trying their utmost to crush the Government by not lending any money. And we were told over and over again that it meant ruin to this country to even think of bringing the price of money down to a reasonable rate of interest. Mr. G. HUTCHISON.--Did I ever say so? Mr. lIILLS.--Yes; very much more than say so. Your action from the beginning, as far as recollect, was certainly not assisting this side of the House in passing measures of this kind--far from it. Now, since I have been round the country districts, and have heard the opinions of those for whose benefit this measure was brought forward, what dol find? Why, every one of these people have blessed the day when the colony came to their assistance; and, Sir, when the honourable member for Patea's name has passed into oblivion, where will the name of the Minister of Lands be? Why, it will be green in the memory of those poor settlers he has so materially assisted; and among those farmers who reside throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand there is no other measure connected with his name that redounds so much to his credit as this one bringing financial assistance within the reach of those deserving small settlers who previously were not able to get it. So far as the honourable member for Masterton is concerned, his arguments were quite correct. I am quite satisfied there were large sums of money at the disposal of some people in this colony, but more

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