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Stdnby, August 1. A shipment of trout ova from the Wellington Acclimatisation Society has been received m good order.
Brisbane, August I.' The Triennial Parliament Bill has passed through Committee, and the third reading is set down for Thursday next.
" ■ ■ Melbourne, August 1. In hia Budget to the present Parliament the Colonial Treasurer states that the financial position of the colony is excellent. The revenue for the fianancial year was £10,814,630 and the expenditure £10,348,883, leaving a surplus of £465,747.
The unemployed are petitioning the Governor to send a message to the Legislative Assembly, asking for a grant of money for the purpose of giving employment. The surplus labor population of Melbourne and suburbs is estimated at 458,000.
Ship-owners have made an important concession to the marine. officers by deciding that the salaries of officers on first-class steamers shall be £15 per month for chief officers, £12 for second, and £10 for third. On second-clas3 boats—£l4 for chief officers, and £11 for second. The increase has been granted through the good offices of the newly-formed Masters and Officers' Association.
The report of the Sweating Commission is favorable to employers, except that females employed on outside slop work are badly paid; and the hours are long. The average earnings are 18s per week of forty-nine hours. Shirtmakers are worst paid of all, their average wages amounting to only 11s 3d per week of 55|- hours.
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AUSTRALIAN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2481, 2 August 1890
AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2481, 2 August 1890
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