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Australia!!. In the Victorian House of Assembly Mr M'Lean has given notice of motion that, as farmers are entitled to a larger measure of protection, it is desirable to impose a uniform duty of 3s per cental on nil grain and pulse, and also to increase the stock tax. Premier Gillies accepted the motion as one of want of confidence, and the House adjourned until Tuesday, when the discussion will be taken. The fishermen have asked the Government to impose un allround duty of 2d per lb on imported fish, as they allege that the local industry is uupored by the importation of frozen fish '•oin New Zealand. The Commissioner of Customs opposed the placing of duty on food, but would consider the advisableness of a duty on rmoked and salt fish ; but fresh lish should bo av liable to the public at a reasonable pric '. Sir W. Robinson has declined the governor ship of the Mauritius on the score of health. An uher appointment has been given him, but the locality has not been made known. The New South Wales Government narrowly escaped a serious defeat on Tuesday night on the motion to go into Committee of Supply to consider the Estimates. Mr Bibbs moved that the House decline to proceed with the Estimates until it had lioard the Treasurer’s statement showing the position of the finances. Mr M‘Mil!an objected to ho dictated to by the Opposition, and on a division the voting resulted in a tie. The Speaker gave his casting vole in favor of the Government. Mr M'Millan subsequently made a statement showing that the estimated revenue would bn in excess of last year’s by L‘210,000, with a surplus over expenditure of LSI,OOO. An influential committee has been appointed at Sydney to raise funds for starving Samoans. Sir H. I’arkca baa received a telegram from the Imperial Government regretting no hope can bo entertained of passing this session the Bill giving responsible government to Western Australia. A company has been formed at Adelaide to work salt deposits. A valuable refining patent has been secured, and it is anticipated that the importation of salt will bo immensely curtailed, if not stopped altogether. The South Australian Chamber of Commerce has resolved that the time is not ripe for the Canadian-Pacific mail lino, and recommends that iu order to ascertain what market there is in Canada for wool, sugar, and other products, correspondence should be opened with the Vancouver and Montreal Chambers. The Parliament of Western Australia has agreed to the memorial praying for the extension of the Governor’s term till the question of responsible government is settled, and has prorogued till October S.

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES., Evening Star, Issue 7990, 20 August 1889

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YESTERDAY'S CABLES. Evening Star, Issue 7990, 20 August 1889