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Friday, 26 June 1914

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - But by venti lating these matters in the Senate we shall let the people see that we are keeping an eye on the manipulation that we fear is going on in connexion with the rolls. For the benefit of Senator Oakes and the public generally, I propose to show how the Liberal Association penalizes its members and exacts from them contributions which they are compelled to pay whether they like it or not. I have here a copy of a circular signed, on behalf of the Ashburnham Electorate Conference, by the president and secretary, and dated " Electorate Office, Forbes, 1st August, 1912." It is headed " Liberal Association of New South Wales," " Ashburnham Electorate," and reads as follows: -

Dear Sir,

We desire to appeal to you to contribute the necessary funds to thoroughly and effectively organize the Ashburnham electorate both for Federal and State purposes.

With improved organization, the Ashburnham electorate can be won back to Liberalism, and even be made to contribute a considerable Liberal majority towards defeating the Labour candidate for Calare at the next Federal election, which will shortly be upon us.

It is not desirable or right that the fluids of the Liberal party in the electorates should be contributed by a limited number of subscribers. What is required is that each Liberal supporter should take a personal interest in Liberal organization, and in the same way as he insures himself, his house, or his property against death or accident, so should he contribute to his political organization. It is an insurance against the far-reaching effects of class and socialistic legislation. Infinite pains have been taken to draft an equitable basis upon which to appeal for contributions. At a meeting of the Ashburnham Conference held on the 16th March last, the appended scheme was unanimously adopted: -

Table A. (Minimum,1s.; maximum, £15 15s.) Holders of land up to and including - 100 acres,1s. per year. 150 acres, 2s. per year. 200 acres, 3s. per year. 250 acres, 4s. per year. 300 acres, 5s. per year. 350 acres, 6s. per year. 400 acres, 7s. per year.

Table B. (Minimum,1s.; maximum, £15 15s.) Holders of land up to and including - 500 acres, 8s. per year. 600 acres, 10s. per year. 700 acres, 12s. 6d. per year. 800 acres, 15s. per year. 900 acres, 17s. 6d. per year. 1,000 acres, 20s. per year.

And so on, adding1s. for every 100 acres held until the maximum of £15 15s. has been reached.


Business people - Minimum, 5s.; maximum £10 10s.

Table D.

Subscribers other than business people or property owners - Minimum,1s.; maximum, 10s.

Table E.

Property owners - Minimum, 5s.; maximum, £5 5s.

Table F.

Dairy farmers, orchardists, and viticulturists - Minimum, 5s.; maximum, £5 5s.

That circular bears, amongst other names, "Wallace Hunter, President; Henry Savage, Secretary."

Senator Oakes - Is there any compulsion about the levy?

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