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to commonwealth i>i? i vii: MINISTER. (Per United Press Associ/ition.] AUCKLAND. December 29. The Eight Hon. Andrew Fisher was entertained at a civic reception to-dsy. 150 leading citizens attending. Mr ’ Parr, M.P.. the Mayor, Raid that the vi.-it canie at the most opportune time, because the two countries had never been < !o>er together. To-day, tt.Tlcr the shadow of tho Pyramids, New Zealand soldiers were camped tide by side with their Australian brothers, ready to go to war whenever the Empifo railed.' The Hon. \V. F, Massey said that both countries had much to gain from a reciprocal agreement in matters of commerce. While he did not agree with everything appearing in the, agreement, drawn tip when the. New Zealand Minister for Customs visited Australia-, he. hoped that it would be given proper consideration, and that good would corno out, of it. He believed that many .thousands could be raved by an agreement with respect to stiver coinage. It. would H? to the interests of both, countries to join together for the protection of the mutual interests of their shores in the South Pacific“l bring, 1 ’ said Mr Fisher, "the most cordial greetings and good will from tho people of Australia to tho people of New Zealand. I have no mission except that wo hero and they there may, with common interest, feel that we should take common action in all things that concern the welfare of the whole.” The visitor went on to say that ho wished it to be understood by the people of New Zealand that he and *his feliow-Ausiralians did not desire to force their views on us in any way. Matters relating to commercial reciprocity must, of course, bo arranged with representatives of the Government, but if they failed to come, to an agreement the people of New Zealand could rest assured that not a trace of feeling would be left behind in Australia.

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CIVIC RECEPTION, Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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CIVIC RECEPTION Issue 15687, 29 December 1914

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