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IMPERIAL UNITY

Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright.

LONDON, December 31. 'The Times,' referring to Mr Fisher's -. ifiit to New Zealand and the Dominion's magnificent response to Britain's call, declares that "the moral of the last five months is the spirit in which our peoples have over-ridden the defects in our organisation.'' It adds that although the need for the solution of Imperial probkme is momentarily obscured, it will emerge when the stress of war is relaxed, and will be move imperative than ever. TheTe itj no reason why an Imperial Conference should not meet in 1915. It would set the, seal on a unitv which the Empire has alrcady so remarkably demonstrated, and ehow •he world that the British people in the midst of war can prepare themselves for iH-w works' of peace.

MR FISHER'S VIEWS.

[Pee United Press Association.]

AUCKLAND, January 1

The suggestion made by the London 'Times' with reference, to Mr Fisher's visit to 'New Zealand and the holding of an Imperial conference this year was referred to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth tonight. "I think the London 'Times' is right in the attitude it takes up and in the opinion it has so clearly expressed," said Mr Fisher. "Many of our difficulties have arisen from the. want of opportunities for the meeting of representatives of the Dominions and the Mother Country. Canada stands in a different position from meet of the other Dominions, since she is in such close proximity to the. Mother Country, and can easily communicate with the Government there at any time on any matter in which difficulty arises. That is not possible in this part of the world, and the gravest issues can only be. dealt with by cable or by despatches, which cannot arrive before a. month has elapsed. In my opinion, a conference during this year would be of more value to all the parties concerned tha'i any that has yet been held. It would afford to the world evidence of a fact too little known—that all parts of the British Empire, even whilst at war, can meet together and discuss a critical situation in as calm and deliberate a maimer as if it were not engaged in any great war at all. I have not chanced my vjpws as to the necessity of otw or more, of His. Majesty's Ministers in Great Britain \ntying an official visitto his distant Dominions. I hope that phase of the matter w'nl not- be lost sight of, even at this critical juncture, if the holding of a conference is not possible. T am in favor of Imperial conferences being held every two years, because I think our strength lies in getting into the closest possible "touch 'ifii each." other—in personal consultations and deliberations. Bv these means the ties of unity will he strengthened to a greater extent than by anv ether method I can suggest.''

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IMPERIAL UNITY, Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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IMPERIAL UNITY Issue 15690, 2 January 1915

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