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Press Association— By Telegraph—Copyright. PERTH. December 23. Tim Financial Statement shows that the revenue was £.5,205,343 and the expendi; true £5,340.754, leaving a deficit m £135,411. The estimated revenue is £5.207,781 and the expenditure £s,64Lott), showing a deficit of £359,895. SYDNEY, December 22. Tho strike at the Newbridge railwav works has been settled. The men reeumed upon the reinstated workmen joining tho UIUUn MELBOURNE. December 22The Stamp Duties Bill has passed its second , leaning. It provides for a doubling of the present duty. , At the annual meeting of the } a tional Mutual Life Association the chairman •Sd that the total « ™ £1.475,500, the number of policies 3 575,800, and the payments to polio}holders £591,000. MINERS’ STRIKECOLLIERY OWNERS’ CLAIM. SYDNEY, December 24. (Received December 24, at 10.55 n.m.) Messrs J. and A. Brown, owners of the Pelaw Alain Colliery, have issued a wnt against the Northern Colliery Employees Federation claiming £IOO,OOO daicages or loss of trade, demurrage, and detention of vessels and Ices of profits on the sale of coal caused by the miners’ strike, w Inch began seven months ago, and is still ou. TO VISIT NEW ZEALAND. MESSRS FISHER. AND HUGHES. SYDNEY, December 24. The Prime Minister (Mr Fisher) departs for New Zealand by the Makura to-day. He will 1* absent about, a month. Iho Attorney-General (Mr Hughes) also pays a holiday visit to Now Zealand at tho end of the month. ______ rROIIIBiTIONISTS’ SOLACE OVER NEW ZEALAND ELECTIONS. SYDNEY, December 24. Mr Marion. general secretary of tho Now South Wako Alliance, while admitting that the Prohibition vote in Now Zealand has receded, claimed that the alliance ha possibly won the greatest triumph m its history* in the return of 51 members of the new Parliament pledged to a of tho majority required to cany Irolubi tion and local No-1 ice nsc. MR HAMMOND’S VIEWS. SYDNEY, December 24. The Rev. Air Hammond is back from Ids New Zealand Prohibition campaign, lie cars the liquor folk, like the Germans, heinmed in the Prohibitionists on every side. Any victories they could claim were merelv temporary, and would on j postpone for a brief while the inevitable defeat awaiting them. Tho New Zealand Alliance wore never to fag it again under tho severe rmndicap of tie three-fifths majority. Ihey had succeeded in returning sufficient, members of Parliament to see a Bill through which would rormly this handicap. PRICES OF DRINKS. SYDNEY', December 24. (Received December 24. at 11.10 a.m.) Tbe increases in the prices of wines and spirits ope into as from January 11. WESTERN HARVEST. PERTH. December 24. Tho ‘Western Alail.’ owing to tho improved crop outlook, predicts a surplus of wheat above the local requirements of the State. RETRENCHMENT. PERTH. December 24. The State Treasurer has announced that no salaries in the Public Service ovw £156 will be increased.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS, Evening Star, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS Evening Star, Issue 15684, 24 December 1914