Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 114

Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 114

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...which have any intention to plant their flags upon the Island of Rarotonga? They could not, how ever, do so if they wished, for that island is a part of the British dominions, and is under the British flag already. Where, then, does.the question of diplomacy come in? Some reference has been made to the Australian Federation, and it has been claimed that on account of that we should annex these particular islands. I do not see that the action of Australia forces our hand in any respect in regard to the Cook Islands, because they are so far away from that countrv, and so much closer to us, that it is very unlikely that they will ever formipart of federated Australia. But, as I have said, we are taking a step of the greatest importance. We are really entering upon a period of nation-making in New Zealand; that is what we are doing. And when we come to consider the relations of parents and children, and see how that relationship is working out in regard to countries and their dependencies, we must, I think, admit that there is a time coming when the children of the Empire will become stronger even than the parent, and that we may in ourselves form as great a nation as Australia will be, though not so extensive, but a greater nation in many other respects. It therefore behoves us to be careful of our initial steps. So far as I can judge at a moment's notice as to the advisability of taking over these islands, I can see one reason in favour of the step. We have seen recently that, for diplomatic reasons, England has handed over her interests in Samoa to a foreign Power, and in doing so has given that foreign Power a base of operations to do us injury in the future if it desires to do so. It may at a future time suit England, for more

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  • Paperback | 690 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,211g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236803817
  • 9781236803818