Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 88

Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 88

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... The return produced was wholly misleading. This was only an authority to go on with expenditure for the next six months. When was that 5,547 to be spent? It might. take six months yet, and it was not at all a fair thmg to put against their specific votes. The House in its wisdom gave a specific vote of 45,000, which could have been spent by the end of March last; and from that time to the 30th June the Government had authority to expend 15,000 more. That was the law laid down in the appropriations on the statute-book of last year, and by virtue of "The Public Revenues Act, 1891"; and this return was not worth the paper it was written on. The Premier could not manipulate this expenditure over the last three or four years. He might put fifteen months' into twelve months' expenditure, but he could not do it over three or four years, and when they took the expenditure over that period they found the misleading character of the return. It was not fair, it was not honest, to Otago that these things should be done to that part of the colony. The Premier claimed to be a resolute man, to be nt plain man, who was not afraid to say what he thought and to put it down in black and white. Why did he not put the specific votes against the various items of expenditure, instead of misleading the people by saying that these sums came out of the 45,000 voted for the Otago Central? They did not. They came out of the 45,000 vote for the Otago Central, out of the 3,750 for land-claims and surveys, out of the vote of 40,000 " Permanent-way," and out of another vote of 40,000, "Additions to Open Lines." It was not honest to the House, it was not honest to the people of Otago more

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  • United States
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