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Sydney: There is in the Commonwealth an uneasy and very widespread feeling that the policy of ‘‘White Australia’’ is in grave danger. This uneasiness has found expression in one or two guarded newspaper articles just put out, that where Australia expected to receive her mandate for the government of the captured German territories in the Pacific many months ago, it is not yet to hand. When Mr Hughes came back from the Peace Conference a year ago, he made several references to the mandate which indicated that he expected this official authority to follow him very shortly. Now it appears from the careful utterances of one or two Ministers that Australia need not expect her mandate until it has been approved by the executive body of the League of Nations. Why the delay? The answer is provided by everyone here who discusses the manner without hesitation. Japan, it is believed, is working through the channels of secret diplomacy to withhold the mandate from Australia until Australia cedes in some degree from her policy of a ‘‘White Australia.’’ ‘‘White Australia’’ is the most treasured gem in all Australia’s big collection of policies and formulas, and the people here will never give it up. They suspect Japan, naturally enough in the circumstances, but they also suspect English statesmanship. There seems no reason for it, but they believe that Britain would sell them to Japan.
Disgruntled Waikouaiti ratepayers
Though recent sales indicate that it still errs on the conservative side, the revaluation of the Waikouaiti County seems to have come as a shock to some of the ratepayers, for the clerk has a sheaf of a dozen letters, couched in varying degrees of hostility, and demanding a reason for the increase in the amount of the writers’ rates. One woman, who could see only her own piece of the road in all the miles the county has to maintain, protested against having to pay rates at all when she got nothing for them, and a man in much the same spirit indignantly demanded to know why, seeing he had paid 1s in past years, he was now called upon to pay 3s 2d.
— ODT, 29.8.1920