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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1889.

No. 228, 1889. —Petition of Inia Tuhuru and Others (No. 2)

No. 228, 1889. —Petition of Inia Tuhuru and Others (No. 2).

Petitioners pray that Part III. of "The Stamp Duties Act, 1882," and sections 16 and 17 of the schedule to the Act of 1885, may be repealed, because they suffer great losses in leasing their lands through those Acts.

I am directed to report as follows: That your Committee is of opinion that something should be done to remove the grounds of complaint. The stamp duty is oppressive, and a heavy burden upon the Native race, as it is generally stopped out of rents. It should be distributed over the period of the lease by an annual payment. The Committee therefore recommend the petition to the Government for favourable consideration.

26th August, 1889.