Object #1006240 from MS-Papers-0032-0030
From: Native Minister - Administration of native affairs, Reference Number MS-Papers-0032-0030 (32 digitised items). Includes a letter in Maori with translation for an article in Waka Maori newspaper
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Mr. Gillies speech at the Mechanics Institute fully reveals the two objects of his animosity the Loan Policy, and the Native Administration. He very properly acknowledges that the policy of the Government with regard to the loan, to immigration, and to public works is now laid -- and that a vote of the House has effectually quenched even his powers of opposition. Hence it might be reasonably supposed that a mind of such capacity as that of Mr. Gillies could be brought to understand that there is a chance that a series of measures recognized by a majority of as prolific of good to the country, may possibly prove a benefit. Not so however, the contrary is the case; and Mr.Gillies rises more defiant than ever, talks about what he would do were the adopted policy yet before the House, rises more defiant than ever, spurns the idea of success attending Measures disapproved of by him, and rushes snarling into the Arena. He states it will be the duty of representatives to watch over the Expenditure of the loan: of course it will; this is a palpable truism; but we regret to say that to this ''one pennyworth of bread'' there is ''an intolerable quantity of soup'' in the shape of fustian and cucumber after a magnamimous confession of the honesty of all New Zealand politicians he goes on to state his fears that, owing to the weakness of human nature, sons and friends and relations of
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Ministers will obtain billets, and that the money raised will be squandered on useless officials Mr. Gillies when speaking thus had evidently in mind a series of unuttered
syllogisms running somewhat after this fashion ''All New Zealand politicians are honest; I am a New Zealand politician; therefore I am honest'': ''All Governments having the disposal of large sums are apt to waste, if not job; the present Government will have the disposal of large sums; they will therefore waste, if not job''. The corollary to be drawn from the above is evident; there is but one man, devoid of human weakness, on whose incorruptible shoulders should fall the task of carrying out a policy ready found to his hand and of directing the expenditure; and that man is Mr.Gillies.
The loan policy is the scheme of the present Government; it is to be presumed that they saw their way clearly before promulgating it; it is now law; and any Ministry replacing them would be bound to enforce it, with what chances of success we will not say. As then it has to be carried into operation, where is the advantage of removing the workmen who elaborated the machine and entrusting its working to others whose first aim would be to take away a wheel here, cut away a band there and stint the moving power till the whole ended in a general smash. If the measures be good, as affirmed by the House, let the authors reap the credit of them; if bad, let them bear the opprobium. But, for the sake of the Country, let us have no factious opposition which will, for the mere sake of having prophesied truly, only bring on the ruin which Mr. Gillies so lamentably foretells.
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