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IjASTS of AUSTKAI.ASI.AN' UNTTV. Having completed a tour of New Zetland inquiring officially into Australasian .’nstilutions, Mr T. Rya.n. Honorary Education Commissioner of Soullt Australia, hoe made public some personal impression*, the must notable of which is his -strong belief in the need for Australasian federation. In reviewing; a question which New Zealand appeared to have settled a decade ago. Mr Ry an says : What strikes me here is your need of a iratinnal conception as a sheer necessity which will drive you into federation wit it us iu three or four essentials to security —federation in defence, federation in Customs. federation in finance, and federation in a common Arstralasiiun education system. These* ate problems that we all have in common. Von will recall Whittier's immortal lines— The riches of the Commonwealth Aro strong, free minds and hearts of health : And more to her than gold or grain. The cunning hand, the cultured brain. I shall return to Australia more than ever anxious that the big bridge of brotherhood shall be extended from Perth to Rockhampton, and reach through your Dominion. Mr Ryan says that among tire many institutions ho saw was the Maori caniji at Auckland, under ‘Japtaiu Peacock. This had left on Ids mind one of the greatest triumphs of education that it. had ever been bis pleasure to see. New Zealand, be l*ointed out, owed its progressive policy .u regard to taxation of land values to a South Australian. The great political lights of Australia in the past raged round that question. Until Iho Federal Parliament was established it seemed impossible to get this matter settled on run equitable basis. New Zealand was the first to adopt progressive laud taxation. "I was present," said .Mr Ryan, "at a meeting at Struthalbau when D r (later on Sir) John Cockbum first proposed it. fie w.-ie a personal friend of mine. I remember tho incident well 1 . He was Premier of South Australia. ;mid he lost hi* seat and his Government over progressive laud taxation. A’ou in New Zealand have that scheme of Sir John Uockburn's iu <>i*oration, and you owe its origin to him. Iff wrote to all the statesmen in Australasia explaining it iu detail, and Xew Zealand adopted it.”

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TIES THAT BIND, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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TIES THAT BIND Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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