The Letters

FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. LABOUR PARTY TACTICS. ARBITRATION ACT CHANGES. GENERAL ELECTION PROSPECTS. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Apr. 3? 1905]; May 16 1905. Decidedly we are doomed to the discontented year forecast in the Morning Post from its very opening, and as it grows old the discontent deepens. The situation is neatly brought home to us, this time from a new standpoint, by Mr. Dacey, M.L.A., in a short letter just published. All the opponents of the Labour Caucus are agreed that the present paralysis of private enterprise is due to its achievements in legislation, whereupon, as one of…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. PERIPATETIC MINISTERS. THE SOCIALIST MOVEMENT. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Apr. 11 1905]; May 23 1905. “Westward the star of Empire takes its way” in Australia as in the United States so far as rapidity of development can indicate its path. Whether in pursuit of that attractive orb or simply in response to the invitation of the State Premier, our Prime Minister and a party of mem­bers of the Commonwealth Parliament have just landed in Perth as the guests of the local Govern­ment. Of the members who have travelled thither nearly a score belong to the Labour Party. Mr.…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. NEW PARLIAMENT PROSPECTS. THE PREMIER’S TWO POLICIES. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Apr. 18 1905]; May 30 1905. Our year of discontent appears destined to become politically memorable either as a year of incubation or of readjustments. Up to date it might seem to promise a year of reaction if one were guided by the superficial indications visible on every hand. For the first time since Federation the commercial and producing interests, so far as they are organised, have found a voice and are of one mind. An integrating tendency manifests itself in most of the States.…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. THE POLITICAL SITUATION. SPARRING FOR AN OPENING. THE FISCAL FIGHT. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Apr. 25 1905]; Jun. 10 1905. There is a great deal of political posturing just now, but it cannot be said that it has helped to enlighten us. Mr. Reid and Mr. Watson, like two rival wrestlers waiting for an advantageous grip, circle defiantly around each other at a distance with more patience than their backers appreciate. The Prime Minister’s party, at all events, is wearying of his prolonged delay. The Labour Caucus, on the other hand, more un­easy than it has been for…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. PREMIER AND PEOPLE. COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE STATES. MATTERS OF MOMENT. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [May 1 1905]; Jun. 13 1905. If the States as States do not rule the Commonwealth their separate interests do. Proof of this has been constantly educed in the Morning Post for a long time past, and if any evidence of the continuance of their self-seeking were required it is furnished by the Prime Minister’s tour. A man of his position and tastes, with the burden of official business remaining upon his shoulders even after he has transferred every ounce of it that…
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FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COUNTRY. FINANCE AND POPULATION. NEED OF A HIGH COMMISSIONER. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [May 8 1905]; Jun. 14 1905. The distance which separates Australia from Great Britain makes and multiplies obstacles to a mutual understanding. So much time elapses before an act here receives its comment there or a question to its reply that we rarely get or keep in touch with each other across the ocean upon any sudden emergency or new controversial debate. Attacks upon Commonwealth politics or upon State expenditure made in London are sometimes notified…
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FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. THE SUGAR INDUSTRY. THE PREMIERS’ TOUR. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [May 16 1905]; Jul. 3 1905. The dengue fever is responsible for a great deal. Like the influenza, which we know, this new epidemic, which we did not know, till now, has seized wholesale upon all classes, subjecting its victims to a brief but most debili­tating attack of a malarial character. Tropical in origin, its ravages have been confined to Queensland, where for a time public business was almost suspended and sometimes whole households prostrated by sudden and irresistible onsets of the new foe.…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. THE PARLIAMENTARY SESSIONS. NEITHER SIDE READY. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [May 23 1905]; Jul. 8 1905. All the Legislatures of Australia expect to be, and ordinarily will be, in session shortly. Pos­sibly every one of them would gladly postpone a renewal of its labours, but certainly in several of them there are special reasons why they should wish to avoid the troubles that are before them. The Federal Ministry and several of the State Governments are in parlous plight, while their Oppositions oddly enough are hardly more in­spirited. Neither side is ready for battle…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. EMPIRE DAY CELEBRATIONS. SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ELECTION. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [May 30 1905]; Jul. 18 1905. Empire Day has been celebrated for the first time, and with marked success, all over Australia. This is entirely satisfactory for many reasons. The Press as a whole lent its invaluable aid, and though from somewhat different standpoints, was practically unanimous in welcoming the new festival and in applauding the spirit it expressed. The Sydney Bulletin was the one recalcitrant juryman declaiming against the obstinate loyalty of the other eleven, though even…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. THE ANTI-SOCIALIST CRUSADE. QUESTIONS AT ISSUE. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Jun. 6 1905]; Jul. 20 1905. The political mists are commencing to disperse in New South Wales. In another week we shall witness the opening of our State Legislature and the organisation of Anti-Socialistic leagues throughout its whole domain. These, though Federal in their immediate purpose, will be local bodies as well in habitation and in aim. The Labour Party, Federal and State, is one, and has one chief “objective” which stands at the head of its programme and explains its nature. Stripped…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. PRIME MINISTER’S RETURN. SUGAR INDUSTRY LABOUR. LAND SALES COMMISSION. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Jun. 13 1905]; Jul. 22 1905. Sir Harry Rawson’s abrupt departure, regretted because it deprives New South Wales for a time of one of the most capable and popular of Governors, is still more deplored because he has left for England owing to alarming intelligence as to his wife’s health. Later news is more encouraging, but the very sincere regard in which both are held in Sydney occasions a widespread anxiety for a more definite assurance of the restoration of her strength…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. OPENING OF PARLIAMENT. LABOUR PARTY’S ATTACK. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Jun. 20 1905]; Aug. 1 1905. The Anti-Socialist movement has been success­fully launched in every Federal electorate in New South Wales by meetings. At each speeches denouncing Socialism were followed by resolu­tions establishing an Australian Liberal League to resist its advances by means of local branches, which will now undertake the necessary work of organisation. Everything depends upon the manner in which this is carried out. Already large numbers of electors have been enrolled, and as…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAMMES. TRANSFORMED SITUATION. FROM OUR SYDNEY CORRESPONDENT. [Jun. 27 1905]; Aug. 5 1905. The south-eastern corner of the Commonwealth has witnessed the opening of the annual legislative season, New South Wales leading the way. All the Legislatures are late this year, but their tardiness has provoked no com­plaints. Nowhere is the public eager for their activity; nowhere do expectations run high. The programme of useful work outlined in this State awakens little enthusiasm, though its value is undeniable. The Victorian Premier, Mr. Bent, rejoicing in…