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Australasian Federation.


(Received May 15, 0.15 p.m.)

Sydney, May 14

The "Federation debate w;is resumed in the Legislative Assembly last night.

Mr J)ibbs said if thoy were to depart, from their present constitution let it be under a ilag of. tlieir own 'is the United States of Australia. He asserted it had been clearly shown that this federation movement, was only started to cover the rotreat of the Ministry on their fiscal policy. He pouted the idoa of federation on the lines of the Dominion of Canada. The latter was compelled to federate under the Crown because of the position of the boundary with regard to the United States, and the necessity of allying herself with a maritime power like England, in order to procure protection against outside influence. The Premier's federation scheme wo.iild produce chaos like th.a.t. which succeeded the A,uierici,n Revolution before the constitution of the United States • was fixed oil its present basis. The

attempt to scare Australia by a letter j like that of General Edwards, the object of which was to intimidate the Colonies with fear of the power of China was unworthy of a British officer. If the time came Australia ! would be prepared to defend herself g against China; meanwhile they hadj better let well alone, and remain dependent on England, but a free and independent power as well.

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Australasian Federation., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2430, 15 May 1890

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Australasian Federation. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2430, 15 May 1890

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