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Thursday, 14 December 1905


Mr ISAACS (Indi) (Attorney-General) . - I have here a copy of a letter which I will read to the House. I will read it, signature and all, but I wish to say that I did not state that the letter to which I referred was written by the International Harvester Company. The following is the letter : -

Bealiba, 25th October, 1905.

Mr. H.V. McKay, Melbourne.

Dear Sir, - I have been offered £70 cash on starting for a Sunshine Harvester. Kindly in- form me if you will accept it; it is going into a new district, and my client has been offered good terms by the International, and intends going for one if you cannot do a Sunshine at this price offered.

I was present when the International Representative offered the following terms, viz. : - 1 or 2 machines, at £60 cash; 3 machines at £150 cash.

So you can see what is being done. He sold two at £120 to one man. Of course, I could not go near him at your prices.

Early reply will oblige.

Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) j. W. Pennington.

I stated that I could not vouch for the authenticity of the facts, but the letter which I have quoted bears out what I have said.


Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The House understood from the honorable member's speech that the letter was from the company.


Mr ISAACS - I did not say that.

Question resolved in the affirmative.







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