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The Council of the Protection League met last night; present—Messrs W. Hutchison (president), W. Dickson (secretary), J. Neil (treasurer), Gore, Swan, Selby, Henderson, Mantz, and Hunter. In connection with the holding of a conference of colonial Protectionists in Dunedin in January next—as agreed to at the last annual meeting of the General League at Christchurch—the Council do not think it necessary for some time to come to fix the precise date of such meeting, but it was resolved to communicate with the Protectionists of Victoria, so that_ any of them visiting Dunedin about the time indicated, and taking an interest in the subject, may be asked to attend the conference. Further, on the motion of Mr Swan, it was agreed that the secretary and the mover wait upon Mr Kempthorne (as chairman of the Manufacturers’ Association) to ascertain whether the Commercial Congress, which it is proposed to hold in Dunedin under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce, will be open to one or more Protectionist delegates. It was resolved to put on record that the Council is quite in sympathy with the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce in the desirability of having one common tariff applicable to all the colonies, baaed on the principle of intercolonial Freetrade and ex-colonial Protection. A letter was read from Mr H. Holmes, North-east Valley, asking the assistance of the League in obtaining the remission of Customs duty on machinery he is importing for the purpose of manufacturing merino cloth, which Mr Holmes says will be quite a new industry, as no attempt at such manufacture has been made by any of the woollen mills in New Zealand, and cannot be attempted with their present machinery. Mr Holmes says his machinery cannot be made in the colony, as it is patented, and hence his application to the League for its help in the matter of the tariff.—The Council could only recommend Mr Holmes to bring his case before the Government.

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PROTECTION LEAGUE., Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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PROTECTION LEAGUE. Evening Star, Issue 8022, 26 September 1889