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THE BAKERS' STRIKE. By Cable. —Press Association. — Copyright. SYDNEY, September 17. Supplies of bread are increasing, although there is only sufficient to place everyone on half rations. The bakeries were rushed by excited crowds at suburban shops. Queues a mile long waited for hours. All efforts to settle the dispute have failed. The men have submitted fresh proposals, but the masters refuse to negotiate unless the men return under the old conditions. The strikers have handed over control of the dispute to the officials of the Labour Council, which has decided to stand behind the men.

SHIPWRIGHTS STRIKE. SYDNEY, September 17. The shipwrights at Walsh Island struck over the dismissal of a foreman. The launching of a 5500-ton steamer, arranged for Friday, has been postponed. INCREASES~FOR SEAMEN. MELBOURNE, September 17. Senator Millen has announced that an agreement has been reached between owners representing 95 per cent, of tonnage and the seamen which will be formally signed on Monday, increasing wages by 35/monthly over the award of December, 1918, and providing a flat rate of 2/6 per hour for overtime and an allowance of four hours off in port for each week employed. The agreement is retrospective to August and expires in December, 1921. FURTHER CONCESSIONS. (Bee. Sept. 18, 11.0) MELBOURNE, Sept. 18. The shipowners also agreed to return sick seamen to their home ports, paying their wages till their return to duly, providing the illness was contracted in service aboard ship, and to provide better accommodation for the crews. THE FARMERS' PARTY. (Roc Sept. 18, 11.0) SYDNEY, Sept. lfe. The Farmers' Conference resolved to place on the platform of the party insurance against accident, illness, unemployment, old age and death, on the lines of the English measure, and also decided against a system of preselection of Parliamentary candidates.

TREATMENT OF SPELTER. (Rrc. Sept. 18, 11.0) MELBOURNE, Sept. 18. In the House of Representatives, Mr Hughes stated that the British Government was advancing the Commonwealth £500,000 to foster the treatment of spelter in Australia. MADE IN~GERMANY.» (Roc. Sept. 18, 11.0) MELBOURNE, Sept. 18. The Minister of Customs announced that, on the importation of ball-races from America recently, it had been found that the articles were of German manufacture. The races were seized and destroyed. WAR INDEMNITY. (Rec. Sept. 18, 11.0) MELBOURNE, Sept. 18. During the debate on the Peace Treaty, Mr Hughes corrected his former figures in reference to the claim for indemnity, stating that the figures should have been: War expenditure £304,000,000, and the capitalised value of pensions, damage to civilian property and similar war costs £100,000,000.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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