AND TRADE RECIPROCITY. Press Association—By Telojraph—Copyright. SYDNEY. December 25. Mr A. Fisher, Prime Minister of Australia, previous to his departure for New Zealand, said ho earnestly desired to sen the two countries Jinked in closer bonds : of national sisterhood. He intiiuls Conferring with tlie leading public men with a view to inaugurating a comprehensive scheme for reciprocal relations, especially with regard to naval defence. He expects to have little difficulty in persuading New Zealand to take part in combined efforts by the two countries to provide the best means for the defence of the Pacific. . This is of the greatest value imperially, if New Zealand embarks on a vigorous \ policy of warship bnilding. i Mr Fisher advocates the opening of : reciprocal trade, relations, which should be placed on surer and more cordial lines, . based on the reciprocity of national sister- . bond. Mr Fisher also proposes to discuss reciprocity in the compilation of the sta- ; tiytics of both countries, which now con- ; duct elaborate statistical departments, i each ignoring the other. I The ' Daily Telegraph.' commenting on | the object of Mr Fisher's visit, Bays : ' " It was New Zealand's fault that the j movement Mr Deakin .started a decade i Hi! 1 ' has not reached its natural coal. , With Australia sympathetic, New Zealand j has much to pain. The two countries are ' bound by ties it is impossible to shatter. | There should he no obstacle in the way j of an understanding which ■will find prac- i thai expression in legislative enactment. There are no substantial immediate rea- I sou.? why tariff reciprocity should not be j attained and useful negotiations begun I which may lead to a navy being estab- j lished, representing both the Common- i wealth and the Dominion." '
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AUSTRALASIAN DEFENCE, Evening Star, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914