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3Preas Association—By Telegraph—Copyright

SYDNEY, December 31. All the States have benefited by the rain, and the dairying and cereal prospects throughout thi> Cbmmonwealtn We much unproved. Feed is abundant, and the outlook for a good season, largely minimising; the effects of the *ar, is bright. Following on the heavy ram the jßawkesbury River is in flood, and a (rida area of low-lying laud is submerged. Heavy damage has been done to maixe and potato crops. The other coastal rivers are rising, end floods are feared. DOCK "STRIKE OYER. SYDNEY, January 1. The Cockatoo Island dock dispute has been ended, and work will be resumed on Monday. NEW SOUTH WALES GROWTH. SYDNEY, January 1. The population of New South Wales b estimated at 1,563,554.

POWELLISED TIMBER, SYDNEY, December 31. The majority of the members of the Royal Commission on Powellised Timber find that the process is a failure in New South Wales. They declare that some of the experiments nave been distinctly injurious. PRICE OF DRINKS. SYDNEY, December 31. The Attorney-General (Mr Hall) has decided upon the following increases in wholesale prices for liquors:—Case whisky us 6d, bulk 3s 6d per gallon; English ale -5s per hogshead, and others correspondingly. BUILDING-TRADE. SYDNEY, December 31. The State Works Department proposes to increase the .number of working days to five weekly for building trade operatives, instead of the halftime adopted at the commencement of the war. QUIET HOLIDAY. SYDNEY, December 31. The New Year crowds in the streets were much smaller than usual, and were less demonstrative than in previous -years.

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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