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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 72

Not Relief Works

Not Relief Works.

It should be clearly understood that these are not relief work in the ordinary sense of the term, but are works which would have under any circumstances to be carried out by the State, and are not undertaken for the purpose of creating work.

Moreover, when we consider what enormous sums of borrowed money have been spent in New Zealand on public works, it is not a little to the credit of a Government which depend for their support on the Labour vote that they should now for five years have abstained from borrowing in England. The expenditure of such money on the employment of labour would have increased the popularity of the Government, but at the expense of sound finance and of the credit of the Colony.