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RIGHT HON. A FISHER

AT QUEEXSTOWX. A Bit llf F IXTKRVIKW. [From On it Own Beporteh.l QI'KKXSTOWX. .lannniy 22. The Hi old Hon. Andrew Fisher, woo as jhime Minister of the Commonwcah n is the principal commoner south of the Kquafor. arrived at Queenstown at. 6...<0 yeslcrdav evening from Mount book via. Pembroke. His companions on the tour nr,- the Hon. -I. A. Hoyrl. Mr It. A- Box [private secret ary). Mr (1. Horton, and Mr Keith Murdock. The latter is a pressman. The party are travelling under the pc'-sonal guidance of Mr lb Wilson, oi the T-mrist Department, and came on at. a lei.'urelv pace, so as to enable them to see the < onntry, which neither Mr. Fisher nor Mr Boyd had ever visited beiore. They put up at Fiehardt’s, and will remain here lid Monthly morning, when they will proceed to Dunedin direct. They leave Dunedin on Wednesday for Wellington. where they will catch tin' boat for Sydney, reaching there on the 2nd o! February. Soon after dinner Mr I'isner accorded me an interview, in which he said (hat for over 25 years he had been longing to visit Xcw Zealand. When the. ■opportunity presented itsell at the end ol the year he gladly availed himself of it, with the result that so far he hart had a vevv happv experience, the people everywhere showing the party milch kindness and friendliness and the appearance ol the eonrdry affording them vast dehghb Mr !>ovd here chipped in with the remark that the, scenery .of tile Dominion might perhaps he » little lucking hi variety, but of its type it was no doubt verv line. surpassing tbeir high expeeta lions.

In answer to a fishing question as to whether the trip was purely for pleasure. Mr Fi-dicr said : "It can hardly lie said f have a political mission. For many years ! have desired to see a i loser relationship in bolb trade and defence, i-sneci-allv defence, between A ns!i alia, ami Xew Zealand It must be nearly understood, however, that it is neither my wish nor my ambition to press my vn-ws on these matters on the people ot Xew Zealand. Beyond this the lion, gentleman was evidently not disposed to go, and the conversation drifted into complimentary observations about the weather and Xew Zealand’s possibililics.

1 Mr Fisher G an exceedingly pleasant j man to nmei . and his mai.uei' eves one ! tin, idea that h■ ■ can spca.l; efimAvcly in j debate, but mi the present oi casion lie | I’raukiv dc -l,;ivd. in sin. Il a nice way as | imt to citre,ui. that im really bad nothing | to add except I on iiini thank.-- for New | Zealand's hospitably. I Our distinguished visitor lias I lie api pi araner. and manner of a youngish middlej aged man. lie is of sinewy iuald, and j alert habits, and ha.- evidently spent much | of his life in the open air. lie is the sort | of man who pull a useful oar in a I whaleboat : Bain fell all last nighf and this mot n 1 ing and the lake is invi dbl" owing to : mist and heavy shower- . so I im parly . iv.-lrd today, igea.l c,';.' uivion.s being po.-i----poned, A MAN (IF T!IK PEOPLE, i'i"k'i .mint;; to trim;: minister, ; Tim Right. IT.n. A "dr Fir In r. Prim- | .Minister of tic I 'oiiruonwealth of Aimj (nil:u. " ill visit Dunedin on Monday. Be will lie cm ertaioed by the ( Pago Txpant i a; Imagu" al ' o'clock on Tn-r-lay, and Mall via it Ron t 'haimeis. in i'n - m'lcnio.ii. : ( hi AN’. due-day im "ill Dave j or MeihcgMon. Mr Whvw Fi-h.-r ; . e. -eiiDally a I man of the people a man w Im has pi ov- il i by ids that he is failidn! to th-• . ’ass Is wha-h lie belongs— 1 im uoik as. I lie : -"I. of a, Mroltihli 'uin "r in po,- ,• i m unii stance.-, he wa.S iren in ihe Milage of I Gi •--bmr.se. ci-r-e to Kibnarim. k. AyrM'hii'c. "ii Align,-' 2J. 1062. and is cons'- ! ipient.!;, only in his iil'tythlid year. Hi? 111. lining in a )iai ochiai i-elmoi mi ei' I .sled I idm lit t !-:•. But o ilitkfi ini .'rested him jmimh. Nebli'T a- oniiiant sclmhn imr the I rr vri'f - .’. voting Fisher was glad to break lawny id,mi sclo.-l in Ins llniteenlh war. | a lid take to liG father's occupation. He 1 T.-avorlhe!--v d-d not lay his studies aside ! a.ltoget her. Tor roiim tunc Im attended nigh,l. Masses with !m ey,-.-, ever on tl.e poii; i c;i 1 hori/.oii. and d.‘vo,ed some inn' ’o readiiig wimii he c-mld g. I R -M's. Hi? nivorite subject was then, :m i! now, science. .Such know ledge as Mr Fisher acquired gave to his mind tin pre.w r of conslnn live thought, and one of the lirsl tilings he realised was the niiserab:.? .social condition of the woi king classes around oim. Gollicts, aged, :pey ami Icebie at--iU and 50. I ’d linn to inquire ii io the vx-rking .if the ccial maciiiue. AVhat lie learned by I he-,.- inpiirir,- s', i mil! a t cel the ii ascent ge i n.s of a social policy v, inch lie lots ali.cMv d-cac acmetniicg to realise m A la-t ra i ia. As far back as the, cigluk-s. Mr Tisl’cr was issoeiated with Mr Kr-ic I 'nnlic in an •. Il’oi i to heitcr the lot of the miners of Ayr. A few years later he took an a: live part in the political movement initiated in England and .''Votlaiid for the assimilalion of dm countiy with the borough franchise, 'hi! his twenty-seromi v-ar Mr Fisher 1011.,-wed the occupation of a mnmr in Scotland, ami tilled herd;? in some "1 the hig'n"' branches of the m.hisI r v. T1 1 ■■ 11 , bv accident. t-oine Tt. la’iiie coucci nine A list i aba i-aina into bis hands, land. t' ;..ii arrival in qhuviteland. Mr l'VT> r settled in the Wide l!av district. win. Ii hrnow it't'i'esenis in dm Federal i’a 1 1 ia men I. He look up gold mining, with vaivirg success, and devoted his spare lime to studying Australian polities. Fio-n the outset tie iiileivsieil himself in the Labor movement. and became picsidcm oi the Amalgamated Minces’ Association. In ISfio he stood for dm Ducc'iifdand I’aiTiain.-iil. having been unwillingly drawn into |>.>Hlics, and was returned -as senior member for Gym pie. Fifteen Labor members w-cro returned at that ch’ci’ci;, am! Mr I- i. b-r was elected vu-e-presidcut ol die parly. Three y--.ns later Im was defeated, ami went back to the mining, having soemvd a situation as an engine-driver. But in 1899 be was again returned as senior nmmlu- for Gvnipie. and afterwards joined Air Dawson's Ministry, wim, however, mmaiiicd in ohm" '"r only a wo-lc. Mr Tiehci- next, set liinnmif dm tough pr-'po-sition ot' winning for l.nlwr the Vfirle. Bay district in the first Federal Pai liamont. His chances were considered .small, hut- lif went, vigorously into tlm campaign, canying the lianiKt-r of ” white labor for the cornfields." and won the flection. Theday be was sworn in he resigned bis seal in the Queeiu-bim! Parliament. True to his trust. Mr Fisher seriously tackled the black labor question, and assisted matcriallv in [ilaclilg White Ausl-alia on a firm In 1902 Mr Fisher, accompanied by his wife, paid a visit to England end Scotland., and attended the King's Coronation. Upon his return to Queensland in 190.1 In.was re-elected for Wide Bay, and has been

suceessful at all. the elections since then, ;i 11lionltIi ills opponents spared no efforts to bring about Ills downfall. In 1904 lie proposed tile motion in the House of Representatives which, put Mr Doakin out- of office-—a motion to include public servants with the scope of the Arbitration Act. Mi- .1. ('. Watson (h«‘n took office, and Mr fisher became Minister of Trade and (*u»fmns. 'Hie Ministry, lasted four months, I heir exit brine the result ot failure to insert tin- priiit-ipl ' of •• prefer-;'nee to unionists ” in i lie Arbitration Act. During these four months Mr Fu-hor showed a. cap.-n it v for inanagerncri. and was complimented mor - ' than once by political opponents on the soundness of ids -ad-inini-M-ration. A\ ben s, une time Intel- Mr Watson witlidrow from the leadership of flic nariy and fi-oin politics, there was only -I me possible sui-."s--or Mr 1-isher - and the success with which he has carried nut his hemilca-n task is show n by the fact tnai he was in S-opi-ember last commis- . ioiv-d to form lbs third Administration. wit l, a. c! n ar and unmistakable, •mandaie from t!ic (-outili'y.

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RIGHT HON. A FISHER, Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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RIGHT HON. A FISHER Evening Star, Issue 15707, 22 January 1915

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