The crown has a fall which may amount to as much as 18 in.
The existing system of taxation also presses heavily upon the provinces, as may be seen from the fact that the national, provincial and municipal exactions together amount to £7 per head of population, while the total value of the exports in 1898 was only L6 in round numbers.
The discharge of the Darling river at Bourke does not amount to more than 10% of the rainfall over the country which it drains.
The letters carried amount to about 80 per head, the newspapers to 32 per head and the packets to 15 per head.
The administration of the act was entrusted to the pharmaceutical society, and the duty of prosecuting unauthorized practitioners has been performed by the society ever since, without any pecuniary assistance from the state, although the legal expenses involved in prosecution amount to a considerable portion of its income.