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EMPIRE'S FUTURE.

LORD MILNER'S VIEWS.

DOMINIONS' IMPORTANCE

(Received March 31, 11.30 a.m.) ■■■•■. LONDON, March 30. Lord Milner, on being interviewed, said: The Empire would never forget what'it' endured in common. Its sense of real brotherhood had been strengthened, and could never be destroyed. We were free and equal members of one community, and will .give preference in all things to our own family. The principle of preference, was much wider than tariffs. It. aifects emigration, shipping, cables, finance, and government, and the Colonial Office believed in strengthening our own Dominions, our own friends, and our own trade first. ■■'■•

Lord Milner added that in the War Cabinet, the Dominion Premiers had made. their influence felt. The mere chance of talking things over with them frankly, . had incalculable influence on our world and foreign policy. The War Cabinet ought to be continued in some other form. A Cabinet Committee should be created to deal specially with Imperial issues and the foreign policy for the Empire, which committee would-include Dominion representatives permanently here, and closely in touch with their own Dominions. When the Premiers-were unable.to be resident, they should be represented by prominent members of their own governments, thus the Dominions could speak with authority. We would like the Premiers always to be in touch with . us, but that was impossible, but the devouring of distances may yet bring ..us the outlying statesmen, swiftly, in / moments of crisis.

Lord Milner remarked incidentally that every nation in the Empire ought to settle its fiscal system on its own merits, and then give preference to others. ' .

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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EMPIRE'S FUTURE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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