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LABOR IN NEW SOUTH WALKS. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. SYDNEY, January 14. Tho annual report of the Political Labor League points out that there has been a marked improvement in the solidarity of the Labor vote in New South Wales. Regarding tho Legislative Council, it says: "Though its abolition has formed part of the first plank in the Labor platform since 1908. no political steps have been taken to carry it into effect." The report urges tho need of immediately commencing to fight on constitutional lines for the abolition of a Chamber which is a perpetual menace to democracy and a buttress to all forms of privilege and monopoly. Tilt: ke\vsbov;s' «sT3\tklh. SYDNEY, January 14. The newsvendcrs' boycott still continues, and the public are greatly inconvenienced, there being no evening papers obtainable in the streets. NEWCASTLE TRADE. SYDNEY, January 14. The export of coal from Newcastle during 1914 totalled 4,853,505 tons, as compared with 5,236,621 for the. ' previous year. Exports to New Zealand declined "by 90,000 tons. PANAMA. REPRESENTATION. MR DEAKIN GETS HIS TRIP. MELBOURNE, January 14. The Hon. Alfred Deakin is to act as representative for Australia at the Panama Exhibition, and will leave next week. January 15. Air Mahon's (Minister of External Affairs) last word in the controversy is that Air Deakin's appointment is a magnanimous ;u:t or. the part of the Federal Government.

SYDNEY'S .SHIPPING. SYDNEY, January 15. (R-eceived January 15, at 10 a.m.) The shipping returns show that during 1914 a total of 2,273 oversea vessels, aggregating 10,104,481 tons, entered Port Jackson, against 2,348 vessels, aggregating 10,257,002 tons, iu 191-5. Tho "decrease is considered to bo due to the war, as tho figures up to July showed a considerable over those, of 1913. TRADE WITH JAPAN. SYDXEY r , January 15. Dr Miura, head of a Japanese commercial delegation, is interviewing business men and officials in connection with the expansion of Japanese-Australian trade. Later he. intends visiting the other States and New Zealand for the same purpose. THE GOLD YIEED. MELBOURNE, January 15. As far as is at ascertainable, the gold production of the Commonwealth for 1914 aggregated 2,048,905 ounces of fine gold, as compared with 2,202,546 ounces produced in 1913. GOYERNMENT COXTRAGTS. REPLACINcTd"AY LABOR. MEL-BOURNE, January 15. Mr Jensen (Assistant Minister in the Federal Government) stai,.s that lie has decided to place contracts for military equipment uv.d transport with private firms. As it has been staled that tho naval dockyard is not being completed fast enough, he will do tho samo there also, because tho employment, of non-unionist labor is against the Federal Government's principles. AN OBNOXIOUS CLAUSE. MELBOURNE, January 15. The Defence Department has inserted a new clause in its contract form permitting persons to interview contractors' employees. The- Victorian Chamber of Manufactures takes this as indicating tho enforcement of preference to unionists. One of the firms, allegedly doing all in its ] lower to assist tho de.parf merit, strongly resents this action, and urges manufacturers not to sign contracts containing this clause pending action for its removal. RUNIC'S SMALLPOX. MELBOURNE. January 15. It. is believed that South Africa was tho source of the srnail[>ox cases discovered aboard tho Runic.

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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AUSTRALIAN AFFAIRS Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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