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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 79

"New Zealand-Labour Party" — Objective & Platform

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"New Zealand-Labour Party"

Objective & Platform.

Adopted by Annual Trades and Labour Councils' Conference, at Auckland, July 20th, 1910.


To maintain upon our Statute Books all the Progressive Legislation that has already been enacted and to insist upon its sympathetic and proper administration.

To enact comprehensive measures and establish such conditions as will foster and ensure equality of opportunity, also the moral, material and educational advancement and the general comfort and well-being of the whole people, based upon the gradual Public Ownership of all the Means of Production, Distribution and Exchange.

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Platform: Immediate Nationalisation of Monopolies.

(A)Establishment of State Ferry Service and State Colliers.
(B)Establishment of Competitive State Factories.

Land Reform:

(A)No further sale of Crown Lands.
(B)Leasehold Tenure, with right of renewal and periodical revaluation every 21 years, except for heavy bush and swamp lands.
(C)Tenants' absolute right to improvements.
(D)Limitation of area, based on value, to ensure an equitable distribution of our lands.
(E)Resumption of Native and other lands for closer settlement on renewable lease.
(F)Increment Tax on all land sales to secure to the State all socially-created values.
(G)The retention and direct operation by the State of sufficient land to meet the demands of the National Food Supply.
(H)Increased Graduated Land Tax.

Currency Reform:

(A)Establishment of a State Bank with sole right of note issue.page 43
(B)Cessation of public borrowing, except for redemption of loans and completion of works already authorised by Parliament.

Electoral Reform:

(A)Abolition of Legislative Council.
(B)Proportional representation on single transferable vote.
(c)Initiative and Referendum.
(D)Parliamentary Franchise to apply to the election of all local bodies.
(E)Full political rights to all State employees.

Industrial Reform:

(A)Eight to Work Bill.
(B)Insurance against Unemployment.
(c)Extension of State Labour Agencies and abolition of private registry offices.
(d)A maximum eight-hour-day, a six-day week, with a gradual reduction to a forty-hour-week.
(E)Statutory preference of employment to unionists.
(F)Equal pay for equal work for male and female workers.
(G)Amended Workers' Accommodation Act.
(H)Amended Workers' Compensation Act.
(I)Amended Conciliation and Arbitration Act.page 44
(J)The prohibition of labour under contract.
(K)Legislative minimum wage.

Taxation Reform:

(A)A Graduated Income Tax based on scientific principles, with a super-tax on unearned incomes.
(B)A Graduated Absentee Tax.

Education Reform:

(A)The maintenance of a free secular and compulsory State Educational system from Primary School to University.
(B)Uniform School Books, printed by the Government and supplied free of cost.

Social Reform:

(A)Pensions for Widows and Orphans and State assistance in maternity.
(B)Right of the people to restrict or abolish the liquor traffic by bare majority vote at local and Dominion Option Polls.

G. R. Whiting,

Conference President

J. Young,

Conference Secretary, Christchurch, N. Z.

Printed by the Lyttelton Times Company, Ltd.