Mr. E. F. CLARKE (West Toronto).
Before the Orders of the Day are called, I would like to draw the attention of the
Prime Minister to a cable which appears in the London Times of May 2nd from its Australian correspondent. The cable reads as follows :-
Melbourne, May 1.-Mr. Muloek, the Canadian Postmaster General, is empowered to conler with the Federal government and with a view to adoption of an Imperial tariff policy, preferential duties being mutually allowed between Great Britain, the Dominion, the comjnonwealth and1 the colonies generally. Mr. Muloek thinks there' is considerable room for an increase of trade between Canada and Australia.
I would like to ask the Prime Minister as to the accuracy of the statement in that cablegram and whether, on leaving Canada, Mr. Muloek received instructions to enter into negotiations with the Australian Commonwealth, the Dominion and the mother country. Any information the Prime Minister can give the House and the country, I am sure, will be received with a great deal of interest.