VICTORIAN GRAIN DUTIES
la connection with the duties whioh it la believed the Victorian Government Intend to propose on grain and prodnoe, the following remark* by Mr Patterson, the Conimlasloner of Gastomß, m reply to a deputation m favor of Increased duties, will be of interest :— " He bad no doubt that put whatever tax they thought proper upon oats, tbe production of oata would overtake tbo market. Personally, he thought that the production of oati was a proper thing to enoourage. At the aama time, they should not take a d arrow view of the question. It was a providential bleaslog that In a large area of country, auoh as we had In Australia, when there waa scarcity m one pat t there was plenty In another ; and they should not grudge New ZaaUad^the temporary advantage it bad enjoy ad. Under ordinary circumstances, there was no reason why wo should not hold our market, and he would represent the views of tha deputation to the Cabinet. Whf n the Budget proposals wore submitted, they would fiad that the firming interests, and especially dairy farmiog, had been abundantly considered, if all poiats were not mat, then ha hoped that reason would prevail.. It would, ha thought, be a very remarkable thing If the farmer complained, for there never wai a Pdrl atneat that was more desirous to do him justice than that now assembled/
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