The Akaroa Mail. TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1915. THE FAT OF GERMAN TRADE
j The gathering in Sydney last week i with the idea of cultivating trade within the Empire and with the Em pice's A Hies was a remarkably unani mous one, and included every section of the community, tbe Governor of New South Wales (Sir Gerald Strick land) being present. The Kaiser's and bis party's opinion that Australia and New Zealand would take the first opportunity when war was declared to declare their independence has ehown how far out they have been in their calculations all through. The truth is tbat Germany herself has been most unsuccessful in her colonization, and she evidently judges the feelings of her gwu c-'loniea to be tbe same as those of tbe British Empire. How gigantic her error ha 3 been is proved by tbe splendid way in which the oversea Dominions have gone to tbe aid of the Mother Country. Writing on the subject of the new trade imperial' ism idea, tbe "Dominion" says :— "This (-pirit of unity is not going to be confined to joint action in tbe fighting sphere. It is finding ex preseion in other aspects of our national life. Tbe Empire is determined to stand together in trade aB well as war, The present crisis baa taught us with an impressiveness tbat nothing else could, the supreme folly of supplying our greatest enemy, through commercial channels, with financial resources by tbe help of which be is now deliberately attempting to bring about our downfall. Tbe resolution carried at Sydney, on the motion of Senator Gardiner (who re presented tbe Prime Minister), would be heartily endorsed by the over whelming majority of the people of New Zealand if they were asked to express their opinion on tbe matter. The meeting pledged itself to do every thing in its power to promote trade with the Empire, and with tbe Em pire's Allies, and to discourage by every possible means a continuance of trade with those countries which have declared themselves enemies to the British Empire. In matters of commerce cur first consideration should be the welfare of our own Empire. We should, as far as possible, buy Britishmade goods British communities should help one another in this mat ter, The Empire cannot, of course, be absolutely self s*fiir;ient and aelf« contained. It must have extensive dealings with other nations—and here our duty to our Allies claims our attention. We must do our best to ensure that such foreign trade as is necessary ia done with the countries who are now fighting with us to destroy Prussian military domination. "Tbe trade war will begin in deadly earnest after tbe terms of peace have been settled- The Germans seem to think that the world cannot get on without them. The British Empire has certainly given some encouragement to this idea by the manner in which it has allowed German manu facturers to invade its markets to the detriment of its own industrial de velopment. The political and commercial leaders of Germany openly boast that when tbe war is over they will soon regain tbe commercial posi tion tbey held before the outbreak of hostilities. They say tbat German science, German workmanship, and German enterprise must overcome all , obstacles. They overlook the fact '
that they will have to make a new start, and that the British Empire is not likely to soon forget the lesson which the present tremendous conflict has taught it. British science has done more for tho world than German science; and British manufacturer?British workmen, and the British pub lie have no intention of throwing away the advantages which have been gained by the annihilation of Germany's overseas commerce. But the Germans are a determined and resourceful people, and they can be re. ied on to do all in their power to ' make up tbe lo3t ground, We may be | quite sure, as one of the speakers at the Sydney meeting pointed out, that whatever the German Government can do to restore lost trade during tho war will be done, and done with the utmost energy. It is our business to adopt measures to defeat this ef f>rfc. Victory in tbe coming trade war can only bo won by a well organised Bnd Bkilfullyconduoted commercial campaign. Tbe resourcefulness and determination of the enemy can only be overcome by greater determination and greater resourcefulness, combined with strong national spirit. If the new trade movement is to succeed it must have the whole hearted support of the whole community—the Government, the manufacturers, the workers, and , the consumers. Mr Cook, the Leader I of. ihe Federal Opposition, made a good point when he remarked tbat tbe movement represents the call of tbe blood, the call of the race, the call of ideals, the call of comradeship, and it also means that the economic and commercial forces shall no longer be divorced from the larger interests of he nation We must learn to con-
, idi r the Empire's welfare in our trade „g well as in our social and political
activities, Our idea of Imperialism QJuat be broadened and deepened. A system of oo operation for defence against foreign aggression does not exhaust the possibilities of uniti-d action. The bonds of Empire might well be materially strengthened in other directions without endangering the self governing powers of the Dominions or trespassing on their right to manage their own internal affairs."