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STV proposed for elections
Mr D.G. Sullivan moved the introduction of the Proportional Representation and Country Quota Bill. He said the Bill sought to give the dominion the benefit of the proportional system without disturbing the country quota, with which they did not agree; but the Bill was an attempt to effect one reform, not two. Proportional representation would even up some of the electorates more effectively than the country quota could possibly do. The basis of the Bill is the single transferable vote. The method of transfer is that recommended by the British Proportional Representation Society.
Leith reclamation begins
For the purpose of reclaiming the railway land across the Leith estuary, a ‘Y’ piece was inserted in the Lake Logan pipeline at the cement works and a branch line laid to the estuary. For this purpose 1200 feet of pipe line was lifted from the top end of Lake Logan. Spoil suitable for railway reclamation will be pumped into the estuary, and unsuitable material into Lake Logan. On the 24th of this month the first spoil was pumped into the estuary.
To provide employment for returned soldiers a start has been made on excavating the railway land between Frederick street and the Leith canal to formation level.
A country party?
A number of the farmers of the Auckland provincial district seem to have convinced themselves that it will be to their advantage if a political Country Party is established in the dominion. The Farmers’ Union, which is the principal organisation of the settlers of the community, has endeavoured throughout its existence, to avoid the risks that would be certainly associated with its espousement of the cause of any particular party in politics.
The farming community has, however, formed its own political party in certain of the Australian states and has met with some degree of success, and it has achieved a distinct victory as a political organisation in parts of Canada.
It does not necessarily follow, however, that a political organisation of farmers would meet in New Zealand with a measure of success corresponding to that recorded in Australia or in Canada.
In all likelihood the public would not be disposed to look with a very kindly eye upon a party which was mainly concerned about the promotion of sectional interests.
As things are, the Farmers’ Union, without identifying itself with any political party, wields a large measure of influence, and it is impossible to deny cogency to the view that the Union would expose itself to the danger of a disastrous split if it were to enter into party politics. — editorial — ODT, 28.7.1922