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AUSTRALIAN.

Syonry, Dec. 10. The Treasurer has introduced his Financial Statement. The revenue for the last financial year was L 5,525,000, and the Li,725,006, He .estimates the revenue for the next year at L 4,702,000, and the expenditure at L 4,084,00. The deficit is to be covered by an increase of taxes upon stamps ; spirits,

25.; wines, sparkling, 45.; beers, 3d. ; tobacco, leaf, 3d.; manufactured, tid.; excise duties on beers and tobacco, 3d. Arrived—Hero from Auckland. Sydney, Dec. 11. The trial of the bushrangers is concluded. All the prisoners were found guilty and sentenced to death. Melbourne, Dec. 10. Mr. Munro, in the Assembly, gave notice of motion to address the Governor, asking that satisfactory measures for the reform of the Constitution should be carried during the present session. Melbourne, Dec. 11. Electoral activity has commenced throughout Victoria. The Legislative Council passed the Stamp Duties Act under protest. Strangers were excluded from the Assembly. At 6 p.m. stone-walling began. Arrived—Botomahama. Sho made the fastest time on record. Sailed—Ringarooma, yesterday. (Special.) Melbourne, Dec. 10. It is stated that negotiations are pending between M‘Lean of Ballarat, and an unknown New Zealander to walk 200 miles for LI,OOO a-side. Betting on the Champion is dull. Mr. Wilson’s string—Petrea, First King, and Avernus, are considered the most dangerous. New wheat, ss. Bs.

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 34, 13 December 1879

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