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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55

Intercolonial Ereh Trade

Intercolonial Ereh Trade,

Before leaving questions external to the colony, I should like to say a few words on colonial reciprocity. It has been to me a matter of great gratification to observe that within the last few weeks the colonies of Tasmania and Victoria have arranged some thing in the nature of a Customs treaty, by which they will admit free of duty the productions and manufactures of the two colonies. I was largely instrumental in passing the measure, or rather in getting passed the measure, which authorises these colonial reciprocity treaties, and naturally I take a great interest in the subject; and I am quite sure nothing would be better for New Zealand than treaties made with the various Australian colonies, by which we could exchange for their products our products—such as cereals, beer, fish, coal, and other things which we have great natural advantages in manufacturing and producing, and I am sure such an alliance and such an agreement would work wonderfully well with the colonics concerned.