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[Plr Te Anau, at Auckland.] ADELAIDE, August 16. Dr Campbell, lately a member of the Coekburn Ministry, made a startling statement in the Council on Tuesday. He said that the present position of the colony is very serious. Population is decreasing and the national debt increasing at an equally alarming rate. The population at the end of last year had decreased 3,000 in spite of 0,000 births. The national debt is L6O per hf ad, while direct taxation is 13s 4d per head. Taxation was becoming an intolerable burden. He foresaw, from the present clamor for an increased land tax, that ere long they would probably have a heavy progressive land tax which would weigh down the wealthiest men in the colony. MELBOURNE, August 10. The Victorian Government have instructed the Education and Mining Departments to make a collection for the Dunedin Exhibition and forward them as soon as possible. Regret is expressed that manufacturing firms in Melbourne were not more enthusiastic in assisting the local Commission to make Victorian exhibits worthy of the colony.' HQBART, August 16. The Hobart' Colonist,' in an article, says that for many months past there have been imported into Hobart, from New Zealand, green hams and bacon under the disguise of salt pork, these latter paying duty at the rate of \Q per cent, ad valorem, whereas the legitimate duty should bo ?d per lb, On reaching its destination it was taken out of the salt and hung in a smoke room for a few days, and converted into ham and bacon. The New Zealand article, by reason of this evasion, is rapidly supplanting the local production.

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LATE AUSTRALIAN., Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889

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LATE AUSTRALIAN. Evening Star, Issue 7992, 22 August 1889