Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 96

Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 96

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...never hear the honourable member for Wellington City (Sir Robert Stout) or those on the opposite side of the House say a word against that. They do not care how much is spent on the public service, because they depend to a great extent in this city on the public service, and they like to see it swollen to its broadest dimensions. I am going to protest against this sort of thing. We find city members like Sir Robert Stout railing against a small expenditure on roads and bridges. I protest, on the other hand, against the huge expenditure on public edifices such as we see in the Cities of Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch. It is on the country settler that the cities have to depend for their existence, because the country settlers are all producers. They enable the colony to meet its engagements to the British creditor; and I say, if you do anything to injure the country the cities will be the sufferers. Now, my contention with regard to the Statement is this: that too much money is being expended on public buildings. 1 do not say too much is being expanded for the benefit of our goldminers, because I look upon them as an exceedingly valuable class of the community, and New Zealand has a great deal to look forward to in connection with the development of our mineral resources. But I consider that far too much is being expended in the centres, and wasted on public buildings. The departments are being unduly swollen, and are becoming too expensive altogether. What we want to do is to distribute the people--talre them from the centres, and distribute them over the country. And how is that to be done'? By the method of colonisation which the Government has inaugurated. For what the Government has done with regard to roads and...
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  • Paperback | 868 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 44mm | 1,520g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123688969X
  • 9781236889690