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The position in the Northern Territory of Australia was explained in the Sydney "Daily Telegraph" a few days ago, by Mr J. S. Hoskins. The recent trouble at Darwin was not, he stated, the result of any particular dissatisfaction with Dr. Gilruth. It is due to discontent with the Administrator system. No matter who might be sent along to do the job, he would meet with the same antipathy, "The people there," said Mr Hoskins, "want the little council of five—representatives from the Government, from the country, and from Labour, which prac'tieally means that Labour will outvote I the Government representatives. Every question that comes up is controlled by I local municipal regulations. Owing to the predominance of the party, a Labour Mayor is elected every time. Every man lias a vote in the Territory, whether he is a taxpayer or not. Consequently the party can pretty well do what it "likes." The Greek and the Russian —many of whom can scarcely speak a word of English—occupy a big place in the moulding of "public opinion" in the Territory. These foreigners attend meetings that are called to deal with social and industrial matters, and when a firebrand . gets up and enunciates revolutionary or Bolshevik sentiments they mechanically endorse his views, and it is telegraphed as being representative of the feeling of the community, while at the same time it is only representative of a very small minority. The I.W.W. element is at Darwin, but the genuine Labour men have set out to suppress it.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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NORTHERN TERRITORY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 17 April 1919

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