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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator W RUSSELL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - I take the opportunity of congratulating the Government on the preparation of this list of votes. I observe that, in many instances, money is to be spent in country towns. We have heard a great deal of what ought to be done for the country.

Senator Millen - Is Sydney a country town ?

Senator W RUSSELL (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I am referring to South Australia. I see references here to Balaclava, Bordertown, Caltowie and Crystal Brook. I was delighted when I saw these votes. We have heard of people stating that the farmers' interests are being entirely ignored by this Socialistic Government, and when I saw this list my heart leapt with joy. Honorable members opposite seize, with pleasure, every opportunity to denounce the Government, and I think it is right, when the opportunity offers, to do the opposite thing, and give the Government credit when credit is due to them. As a farmers' representative, although belonging to the Labour party, I am delighted to find that the Government have done this. I am sure that the Government of which Senator Millen was a member, never did anything of the sort.

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