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SYDNEY, October 27. A lengthy document has been'issued from the War Office, containing a statement from the Colonial Defence Committee showing the principles which, so far as _ they apply to special local conditions, it is desirable should he followed in dealing with questions affecting local defence. The document is covered by a despatch from Mr Chamberlain, and concludes as follows “ Doubtless the time has come when the increasing strength of the resources of the self-governing colonies will enable them to materially' assist the Mother Country by placing at her disposal for operation in any quarter pf the globe bodies of troops formed from excellent material and strong, self-reliant colonists \ but at present the _ development of their own vast territories in the time of peace and the effective protection of them in time of war are undoubtedly the best contributions the colonies can offer to Imperial defence.-’ Tq this, however, there is an important exception. England may be engaged in future, as shp frequently has been in the past, in a war which carries with. it no danger of attack on the colonies. • In. such a case an offer, of assistance from them be prized, as it has been on more than one occasion, not only for its real value, but also as an evidence -of that solidarity on which the greatness of the British Empire must ultimately rest.’’

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THE EMPIRE'S UNITY., Issue 10455, 27 October 1897

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THE EMPIRE'S UNITY. Issue 10455, 27 October 1897

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