Letters grouped by: Pacific Islands

FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. REID–McLEAN COALITION. RIVAL PARTY TACTICS. THE FISCAL PROBLEM. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Nov. 22 1904; Jan. 5 1905. State politics have once more sunk into the back-ground for the moment, since nowhere have local Legislatures developed anything in the nature of a crisis. Without something of the kind to give a sporting interest to politics “the Man in the Street” skips the scanty report of the debates in his own Legislature and the ridiculously inadequate summaries of the proceedings in the representative bodies of the other States. If there are leading…
FEDERATED AUSTRALIA. DIVIDED AUTHORITY. THREE PARTIES AND THREE LEADERS. UNCERTAIN SITUATION. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Mar. 15 [Mar. 8] 1904; Apr. 25 1904. The opening of the Commonwealth Parliament disclosed one of the most curious political situations that even Australian States, in all their vagaries, have ever looked on. To uninstructed observation the whole spectacle was just as it should be, or at least as it always has been. The ex-President of the Senate and the ex-Speaker of the Representatives were quietly re-elected. Ministers sat on the Treasury benches, with well-…
THE NEW COMMONWEALTH. WESTERN PACIFIC ISLANDS. SOUTH AFRICAN LABOUR. ATTITUDE OF NEW ZEALAND. FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Jan. 19 1904; Feb. 25 1904. The departure of Lord Tennyson affords another landmark in the story of the Commonwealth. He leaves South Australia this week as Governor-General, and though he will touch our soil again a few days later at Perth, he will then be free from all ties of office. It was in Adelaide five years ago that he began his career as the Queen’s Representative for the colony of which it is the capital, and it is in the same charming city that he now…
THE NEW COMMONWEALTH. AUSTRALASIAN EXPANSION. WESTERN PACIFIC PROBLEMS. NEW IMPERIAL CENTRE. FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Mar. 11 1902; Apr. 17 1902. The Commonwealth has taken its first plunge into the troubled waters of the Pacific. British New Guinea has been formally transferred to its care, and constitutes its earliest dependency. Henceforward, pending Federal legislation, the Governor-General will take the place vacated by the Governor of Queensland, and will control it under the advice of his Ministers as if it were a Crown Colony in his charge, directly instructing his…
THE NEW COMMONWEALTH. ATTITUDE OF NEW ZEALAND. LOVE OF INDEPENDENCE. FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Mar. 12 1901; Apr. 16 1901. The Empire is the sum of its parts, and the more these are united politically and commercially the greater their prosperity and its power. The Commonwealth, which comprises within its control six communities hitherto separate, repre­sents an immense stride, not only towards Australian unity but towards Imperial Federation. But immense as is the extent and promise of our union, it is not yet geographically complete. A seventh province remains apart, not one…
THE NEW COMMONWEALTH. AUSTRALIAN BUSH FIRES. PACIFIC ISLAND TROUBLES. FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. SYDNEY, Feb. 12 1901; Mar. 19 1901. Perhaps the philosophers of the future may trace a relation between the physical surroundings or climate of Australia and the temperament of its people, but it will take a few generations to provide sufficient material for their generalisations, and many more before they are likely to arrive at an agreement. In the meantime the vast extent of the continent and the precariousness of the water supply over the greater part of it render its changeful weather…