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MELBOURNE, September 29. Parliament has been dissolved. The Premier unfolded his policy at St. Kilda. He claims that the Government have succeeded by their past policy in obtaining a real and actual surplus of £66,000. RefemngtoFederation,hestated thatthe proposed Constitution was not altogether satisfactory, but he had up doubt that the January Convention would overcome all difficulties. The Credit Foncier scheme had worked most satisfactorily, and was beneficial in the interests of farmers. The Government would not persevere with the State Bank, but he hoped to see such an institution established by the Federal Parliament. He claimed that his Government, had dope good, honest, and conscientious work under difficult and disagreeable circumstances. With regard to the future, the Government proposals would not be' novel or’startling. They proposed to give first place to Federation, which he hoped would be consummated within the next twelve months. The watchword of the future would be economy, but no further sacrifices would be required from the public service. Each year’s surplus would be rigidly applied to the reduction of the deficit, which stood at over £3,000,000. The present income tax was too high, and he proposed to gradually reduce it. In view of the gradual return of prosperity no additional taxation was necessary. The Government would adopt a progressive, ftyeral land policy, and everything possible would be done to develop the. agricultural and mineral resources of the colony. He would reorgapjse the'Agency-General, and intended to send a capable minings officer to London to supply information to the investing English public. Future loans would be raised through the-Agent-General, but he hoped that he could obtain the money in the colony, and so keep interest here. An impartial tribunal would be appointed to investigate the Civil Service, the condition of which was none too satisfactory to the Government. He also proposed to ask Parliament to affirm the one adult vote. He say no reason why the women of the colony should not be granted the franchise. He proposed to introduce special legislation to deal with strikes and industrial disputes. The Premier added that after investigating Scripture-teaching in schools in Sydney he came to the conclusion that that system was unsatisfactory. Religious teaching should he undertaken by the ministers of religion, and he would not saddle the school teachers with the duty. He thought the whole question one for the referendum, and the Government would »iye every assistance to a private Bill Saving tms object in view.

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VICTORIAN GENERAL ELECTION., Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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VICTORIAN GENERAL ELECTION. Issue 10432, 29 September 1897

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