A BRmSH FLEET NECESSARY.
NAVAL CONFERENCE IMPERA-
(Per Press Association—Copyright.)
(Received March 12, 9.45 a.m.)
SYDNEY, March 12
■ The "Herald," in a leader, says:— " If the forecast is true that the Cana-
dian Navy question cannot be settled by the Government in several years, then the naval conference which Australia and New Zealand desire to have with the, British' Government cannot be postponed any longer, and should take place immediately. The Home Rule crisis has ceased to claim the attention of Ministers, and Canada is at liberty to take time over the decision; but Australia and New Zealand cannot consent to continue for another three or
four years totally, in the dark as to what is the Imperial policy . in the i Pacific. "It has been assumed that we blame Britain for abandoning , the 1909 agreement, but owing to recent amendments in the German navy law altering the situation in the North Sea, no one blames the Mother Country for abandoning the plan. The Pacific fleet will meet urgent needs an Home waters, but the Australian fleet and New Zealand's cruiser* were built in the light of the 1909 agreement. After committing ourselves to the building of the fleet the light was taken away, and we want it turned up again.
■ ''■''" If the;fleet stands for anything, it is for the conviction of Australians and New Zealanders that a British Pacific fleet will, b© necessary in the near future, and that it is their urgent duty: to lay'the foundations^ of thai fleet; but obviously they do not ) wish to provide a nucleus in tho dark,"
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914
PACIFIC DEFENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8816, 12 March 1914
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