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Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright

MELBOURNE, December 13,

TheHonse of Representatives eat yesterday, when a Bill to create a trust fund of £5,000,000 for old age and invalid pensions was passed. An amendment by Mr Ccok (ex-Prime Minister) to limit the increased land tax and probate duties to the end of the war was negatived by 30 votes to 22.

The Minister of Customs (Mr Tudor) announced that the Government had decided to remove, as from noon yesterday, the duty of Is 3d per cental on wheat imported into the Commonwealth, the reason for this action being that the season's requirements of Australia were about 37,000,000 bushels, including 10.000,000 for seed, while the supplies totalled only about two-thirds of that .quantify. It was not intended to free wheat from the duty for all timo. but in order to meet the present emergency it was proposed to make it possiblo to import it free. After a debate showing tho strong objection of a number of members to the resolution, it was adopted. A HEAT WAVE. SYDNEY, December 13. A heat wave is passing over the State. The thermometer registered lOldeg in the city yesterday, and there were many higher registers inland.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS Issue 15675, 14 December 1914

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