24 JUNE 1899, Page 19

The poll of the people in New South Wales for

or against Federation has resulted in a very large majority in favour of the creation of the Commonwealth. It is expected that the Victorian referendum, which will be taken next month, will be equally favourable, for in 1898 Victoria voted four to one in favour of Federation. Queensland also shows signs of ooming in. The enabling Bill has passed both Houses there, and a referendum will be taken on September 2nd. Of course, un- foreseen obstacles may yet arise, but it looks as if the Com- monwealth were now assured.