Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. MELBOURNE, December 18. At the close of the session! Parliament was adjourned until April 14, unless exceptional circumstances necessitate a special call in the meantime." Mr Cook apologised, and resumed his SYDNEY, December 18. The Commodities Commission have approved of the added duties on wines and spirits being passed on to consumers. The date for the operation of this was not fixed. RIVERINA WHEAT SEIZED. SYDNEY, December 19. (Received December 19, at dAo a.m.) A proclamation has been issued seizing all wheat in the Southern Riverina not in actual transit. Mr Askford, Minister of Agriculture, estimates that next year's wheat yield from Now South Wales will total 50,000,000 bushels. An additional 800,000 acres aro being sown, estimated to produce 10,000,000 bushels. HELPING THE FARMER. MELBOURNE, December 10. The Victorian Legislative Assembly passed the Seed Advances Bill, authorising the appropriation of £400,000 for the purpose or" advancing seed and fodder to farmers. INJURED PASTORALISTS. MELBOURNE, December 19. The Federal House of Representatives passed the Defence Bill. Pastoralists are protesting against the amending Land Tax Bill, and hare urged Mr Fisher not to present the Act to the Governor until the April session, to enable representations regarding its effects to be submitted. THE MISSING TRAWLER. MELBOURNE, December 10. The Government steamer Worribco has sailed in search of the missing Government trawler Endeavor. SHIPPING AWARD. * -MELBOURNE, December If). An application on behalf of the shipping companies for a variation of the Australasian Merchant Service Guild award has been adjourned until April 1.
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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Evening Star, Issue 15680, 19 December 1914