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NEW ZEALAND'S POLICY APPROVED. ' v ■ SYDNEY, February 20. Apropos of New Zealand's Note to the Admiralty on naval matters, the "Sun's" Melbourne correspondent says:—"New Zealand happily and appropriately has come as a factor in the Australian Cabinet's consideration of what is ti be done about Cockatoo Island dock. New Zealand at last has begun to grope her way towards a local navy. Here, then, by the end of next year or early in the following year 1 will be ; the South Pacific another light cruiser. /-Here, moreover, ■will, be the beginning of what must inevitably be :a rapidly developed New Zealand navy; Here, therefore, is another reason why Australia should not depart from the plans and recommendations and lay down a fourth cruiser. Australians will wish New Zealanders the best' of luck in the initiation bf a local navy and await the moment when they can salute the New, Zealand cruiser. Negotiations have still to be put through' before the Dominion's: ." vessel is ordered, but now that the Massey Government has declared for a local navy policy it is only a matter of time for the two sister fleets to manoeuvre together in the south seas. Ultimately the two naval stations will be linked with one another. iThe opening of the splendid new Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay early next year seems a suitable time for 1 a renewal of the invitation, to New Zealand to send boys to be trained as naval officers. Although, the actual inauguration of the New Zealand navy still depends largely on the Imperial Defence Conference early next year, the main fact that New Zealand has declared that she must have modern cruisers in her waters and will see she gets them has to be considered in connection with the Australian shipbuilding programme."

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AN AUSTRALIAN VIEW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914

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AN AUSTRALIAN VIEW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8800, 21 February 1914