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AUSTRALIA'S NEW HIGH I COMMISSIONER.…

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AUSTRALIA'S NEW HIGH I COMMISSIONER. i The Hon. Andrew Fisher, late Lalv our Premier of Australia, and the new High Commissioner, arrived in Lon- don on Sunday and received a hearty welcome at the station from a large crowd which included Mr Arthur Henderson. Mr Will Crooks, and many Australian and New Zealand soldiers. In a few words of cordial thanks for his warm reception, Mr Fisher said the people of Australia were as united and determined as the people of this -country to see the war through to a. successful conclusion. Subsequently- the new High Com- missioner said the policy of the Com- monwealth and the people, he was authorised to say, would be the giving of Australia's last man and last shilling, if need be, without question, to end the war. Who would have thought it possible that Australia could send half a mil- lion men across the sea, fully equipped to assist the British Government in the great war? The man who suggested it five years ago wouid have been considered a lunatic. Australian credit was as good as English credit. They had asked for £ 5.000,000. and got £ 13,000,000 at 4s per cent. Now they were asking for £ 10,000,COO, and he understood that that amount was already consider- ably oversubscribed. A questioner, referring to the sub- ject (if admitting Colonial statesmen to the British Cabinet, sa.id some people might think that our Govern- ment wants pushing a bit. Mr Fisher replied, humourously, "I thought the Kaiser was supplying all the pushing required. At any rate, I know something of the British people and I am convinced that, without any outside pushing, the people of Great Britain and Ireland will determine never to submit to sit down and allow the Germans to got the upper hand of them." Asked if he desired to express any views about the evacuation of Galli- poli. the High Commissioner replied, (-mph.itically, I think Provi- dence has been kind to help to close this war successfully and there is no grumbling. Our men all agree that the Turks are great fighters and fair fighters.

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