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LODGE MEMBERSHIP. I'reiS Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December 9. (Received December 9, at 9.55 a.m.) The membership of the Now South Wales friendly societies in 1915 increased from 179,952 "to 188,590. PUBLIC WORKS. OX THE COMMISSION SYSTEM. SYDNEY, December 9. In the N.S.W. Legislative Assembly Mr Hohnan gave notice ot motion lor to-mor-row that tho Government would seek authority to negotiate with the Norton Griffiths Company (a British firm) to carry out during 1916 reproductive work to the extent of £4,000,0C0. The motion, he declared, was unprecedented, but. the character of the financial situation necessitated •such a proposal. NEW TAXATION AND THE PRICK OF DKIXKS. SYDNEY, December 9. At a. meeting of licensed victuallers it was decided to raise tho price of beer from 3d to Id per glass, bottled ale from 6d to 7d, and spirits with mineral water from 6d to 3d. The Newcastle publicans have decided to cut, the pint ot beer down to threequarters of a pint, the charge remaining at 3d. PRICE OF WHEAT. SYDNEY, December 9. Tho New [south Wales Legislative Council adversely criticised the Wheat Seizure Bill. -\n amendment was moved making the fixed price os a bushel. The debate was adjourned. CAPTAIN COOK STATUE. MELBOURNE, December 9. A statue of Captain Cook was unveiled at St. Kilcia. It was presented by Mr Andrew St"rdiou<se, a local resident. 'the suitii" =t:nids on a. granite column overlooking the sea (Port I'hiUiyn.

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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