THE DOMINION DEPARTMENT
• A REPRESENTATIVE IN AUSTRALIA. FREMANTLE, March 30. IA most important legation landed from the RM.S. Marmora at Fremantle to-day. At the last Imperial Conference Mi. Deakin and other Australian delegates urged the improvement of the Colonial Office system. The result was that the British Government agreed to constitute a" department somewhat different -to the Cplonial Office and to keep in closer touch with the great over-seas dominions. It was also arranged that chief officers should visit the Dominion. The first visitors in ithis connection are Sir Charles Prestwood Lucas, head of the new Dominions Department, and his assistant, Mr. A, A. Pearson, C.M.G., formerly head of the West India branch of the Colonial Department. When Sir Charles was met on the Harmora this morning by an interviewer, he said it Was his business to learn something of local conditions.. That done, ho would, perhaps, make a statement. He stated that his mission! was not to deal with any specific question; but generally-to inquire into local conditions. For that purpose he was proceeding to-Perth to in the first instance confer with Sir Frederick Bedford. The main object of the'new department was to facilitate-communication between the Colonial Office and the dominions. Sir Charles Lucas and Mr. Pearson were met on board tho mail steamer by Sir John I'orrcat and the Mayor of Fremantle. The visitors werq. conveyed to the Town Hall; and formally welcomed; Sir -Charles Wvill spend th'e next month in West Australia and South Australia. He may visit Now Soutlji Wales in June, also Qusonsland and Tasmania; The whole of July will be devoted to New ZeaJs*> '~ "■ -•- A- y 1." .
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