I [per press association.]
Sydney, July 25. The barque Comus, 105 days from Rio de Janeiro, has arrived here, with her crew m a starving condition. She lias been six weeks on the Australian coast. Melbourne, July 25. It has been decided to complete the Parliamentary buildings at a cost of £90,000. At the Presbyterian Synod, after considering the report of the Committee appointed to enquire as to the mission at New Hebrides, it was resolved that the time had arrived to encourage British settlement there, and urge the Imperial Government to be moved to provide British subjects with legal titles to land, and prohibit foreign labor traffic. This resolution will be forwarded to Lord Knutsford and all Colonial Premiers. Brisbane, July 25. The Colonial Treasurer's Budget provides for raising a new loan for the construction of new railway lines and the completion of others, for which a sum of £230,800 is required to equalise revenue and expenditure. It is proposed to impose a property tax of a penny m the £, with real and personal exemption up to £500. The duty on spirits is increased to 14s per gallon, and that on imported beer by :$d per gallon, and provision is made for re-imposing an excise duty on beer and increasing the excise duty on spirits. The Budget also announces that the Government is willing to bear a share of the cost of the Pacific Survey,
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890
AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2475, 26 July 1890
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