THE PBICE OF FOOD AND DRINK. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, December , 14. The Commodities Commission, ' after hearing the evidence of licensed victuallers and brewers, recommended an increase in the price of beer equivalent to the extra duties. The Commission will consider the increases in wines and spirits on Wednesday. It is understood that a proclamation will be issued to-morrow increasing the price of the 21b loaf to 4d. A fixe at Cofi's Harbor destroyed 15 business places, including the poet office, bank, ana an hotel. The damage done is estimated at £25,000. The Portland branch of tho railway workers has re-endorsed its decision not to allow members to be victimised because they are of alien birth, as long as they are ' good unionists and law-abiding citizens. The secretary states that members are patriotic, but against jingoism gone mad. THE TOTALISATOR. SYDNEY, December 14. The Minister of Instruction (Mr Carmichael) told a deputation that ho i« prepared to pilot a Totalizator Bill through Parliament, provided the Government ran the machine and took the whole proceeds and applied them to hospitals and like purposes. AUSTRALIAN STRIKES IN 1913. SYD~NEY. December 14. The Commonwealth Labor industrial report for 1913 contains the first complete analysis of the number, effect, causes, resuite-, and settlement of strikes and lockouts. There were 208 strikes, which involved 50,283 people, who lost 623,528 working days and £287.737 in wages, ihe result of 64 favored the work people, and 64 the employers, in 69 compromises were accepted, and 11 were indefinite. Wages caused 77 disputes, hours 10, trade unionism 13. employment of certain persons 44, working conditions 51. sympathetic strikes 5, other causes 8. One hundred and nineteen were settled direct, 17 by the intervention of a third party, 19 by compulsory conference, and 22 in court. A special meeting of wharf laborers reaffirmed its decision not to work with Germans, Austrian?, and Turks. CABINET CHANGES. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright, MELBOURNE, December 15. (Received December 15, at 9 a.m.) Mr Mahon has succeeded Mr Arthur as Federal Minister of External Affairs. POLITICAL LIBEL ACTION. PERTH. December 15. The Attorney-General of West Australia is suing the editor of the ' Cygnet' for alleged libel contained in a paragraph published on October 9. THE DROUGHT AND NEW ZEALAND FODDER. MELBOURNE. December 15. (Received December 15, at 10 a.m.) In the Federal House of Representative* the Land Tax Bill passed its third reading. Mr Samson urged the removal of the duty on fodder,"" owing to the shortage caused by the drought. He asked if the Government had arrived at an agreement as to the importation of New Zealand fodder. Mr Tudor (Minister of Customs) replied that tho Federal Government had offered the State Premiers that they (tho Federal Government) would act for them, and buy New Zealand fodder for all the States. They, however, did not appear anxious j to accept the suggestion, and none of them had applied for the remission of the fodder duties. QUEENSLAND PARLIAM ENT. BRISBANE, December 15. In tho Legislative. Assembly the Railway vote and other items totalling £2,000,000 were passed.
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