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THE COMMERCIAL CONGRESS.

IMPORTED GOODS AND RAILWAY OHARGBS. (By Association.) "W-LLIMJTON, Wednesday. At the conference of delegates from the Chambers of Commerce-to-day it was proposed—"That it is unjustifiable to discriminate in the matter of railway freights between goods imported and those produced in the Dominion." An amendment was adopted referring the subject to the Parliamentary Committee. It was also resolved—"That it is desirable that shippers of grain and produce should be able to obtain Government certificates for accurate railway weights on payment of. a fee not more than at present charged for the certificates which the Government now issue, and which are in many cases unreliable." A resolution was carried affirming the desirableness,of federation, and authorising the Wellington Chamber to draft a constitution on the lines of the Commonwealth Association, and a Parliamentary Committee was set up to watch the interests of trade and commerce. •WEJ-LIXGTON, this day. At the Chamber of Commerce Conference to-tlay a resolution asking the Government to introduce legislation making provision to inspect cargoes of wool aud hemp before shipment, with a view to preventing fires, was lost. A motion was carried asking the Government to approach the London Dock Trust with the object of providing storage and better provision for dealing with colonial wool there. A resolution was adopted calling for the repeal of Section 25 of- the Local Bodies Loans Act, making it compulsory to invest local bodies' sinking funds in the Public Trustee. -A motion was also passed affirming that the time had arrived for reduction in cable rates, and protesting against the excessive bank holidays. The Conference asked that on race days and show days banks should bo open till noon, and that all Saints' days should bo eliminated as holidays in banks and Government offices.

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THE COMMERCIAL CONGRESS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909

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