Australia and the Empire
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 8 Aug 1938, p. 1-18


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Australia and the Empire


A special meeting of The Empire Club of Canada, in conjunction with The Toronto Board of Trade, The Canadian Manufacturers' Association, The Canadian Club, The Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, in co-operation with The Australian Trade Commission. Colonel K.R. Marshall, President of the Toronto Board of Trade, presided. Mr. W.D. Euler, the Honourable P.M. Dewan, Mayor Day, and Mr. F. Handley Page had a few prefatory remarks. Then Mr. Black introduced Sir Earle Page. Australians visiting Canada and Canadians visiting Australia. The establishment of the Australian Trade Commissioner's Office. Australia competing at the Canadian National Exhibition, and the awarding of a gold medal last year. Four principal methods of trying to ensure that the rest of the world takes notice of Australia: inducing people to lend us as much of their money as we can get them to do; selling as much of our goods as we can to satisfied customers, especially in Canada and in Great Britain and inside the Empire and outside, too; buying as much of goods of people far away from us as we can; giving ourselves a decent reputation in the world by always paying on the nail our just debts and commitments, and ensuring that we have incorporated in our Constitution certain safeguards for our creditors that really have no parallel anywhere in the world. The advantages of investing in Australia. Mistaken stories told about Australia. Correcting those misunderstandings. The belief that there is only one way in which the world can be rescued from the welter of chaos and disorganization and that is by the strength and by the action of the combined forces of the British Empire and the United States. The conviction that war makes more problems than it solves. The factor of international trade in international appeasement. A discussion of the economic jam that prevents any real progress being made. The importance of restoring a normal trade system. Increasing the total world trade. Why this should interest the British Empire and the United States. An appeal that the discussions with the United States to really start again the wheels of international trade in the best possible way should be carried out within the widest possible sphere. The position of Canada and Australia. The explicit recognition by Great Britain of the necessity for the sound progress of, and rapid development of, Australian secondary industry for the purpose of Empire defence. The need for the people of the Empire to be looking forward all the time to expanding trade inside one another's borders.