PRICE OF MEAT. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY', January 6. The New South Wales Government have referred the price of meat to the Commodities Commission. COMMONWEALTH NOTE ISSUE. MELBOURNE, January 6. At the end of December the Australian note circulation totalled 8,306,793, representing £19,831,417. The gold held by tho Treasury amounted to cquiva-lent to 40 per cent, of the issue. THE NORTON-GRIFFITHS SCHEME. RAILWAY WORKERS DISAPPROVE. SYDNEY, January 7. (Received January 7. at 9.40 a.m.) The Railway Workers' Conference discussed their executive's report favoring the Government proposal to borrow £3,000,000 from tho firm of Norton Griffiths for public works purposes. It was resolved that, while the conference had very confidence in the executive, they strongly disapproved of the support given to the scheme. The executive explained that they had supported the scheme owing to the financial position of the State and the growing uncertainty of the money market. The conference opposed it on the ground that it involved the contract system, which was a violation of the Labor platform and a negation of the day labor system. The executive resigned, but hold office pending a plebiscite vote. RAILWAY' VAN OVERTCRNS. FOUR MEN KILLED. KALGOORLIE. January 7. A sensational accident occurred on the Transcontinental Railway. Seventeen men were riding in a guard's van, which left the rails and turned over, rolling down an embankment. Two men—Hall (the guari) and M'Keown—were killed outright, while two others—Brorlrick and Kearney—succumbed to their injuries. Nine others were injured, five of them seriously. NATIONAL RESERVE IX NEW SOUTH WALES. SYDNEY, January 7. ißeeeived January 7, at 9.40 a.m.) Mr Carmichael's (.Minister of Public Instruction) proposal to establish a National Reserve is receiving wide public support, including that of many ex-Imperial soldiers. G ROWTH OF SYDNEY. SYDNEY", January 7. (Received January 7, at 9 a.m.) In the past year 10,546 new buildings were erected in the metropolitan area, costing £6,775,548. Theso figures compare with 9.284 buildings, costing £6,371,617, in 1913. Since the war there has been a heavy drop in the Luiidiug; industry. BIG LIBEL ACTION. MELBOURNE, January 6 ; The Vacuum Oil Company are claiming £20,000 damages for an alleged libel contained in an article published in the * Age * headed ' Trading With the Enemy.' THE ENDEAVOR. MELBOURNE, January 6. The Director of Navigation states that he will not abandon hope of finding the trawler Endeavor until another month has elapsed.
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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Evening Star, Issue 15694, 7 January 1915