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Friday, 3 June 1904

Mr WATSON (Bland) (Treasurer) .- I think that the length to which the debate is being strung out is unreasonable. It was commenced early last evening, and has continued ever since.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Nearly all the speakers to-day have been on the Government side.

Mr WATSON - I do not think so; but, even if that were the case, there is no reason" why we should not proceed to a division this afternoon.

Mr. KNOX(Kooyong). - Although I do not represent a farming constituency at the present time, I had that honour for some years as a member of the State Legislature. During the course of this debate reference was made by the honorable member for Melbourne Ports to the part which he played in connexion with the enactment of factory legislation. As that honorable member is aware, I strongly sympathized with that movement. At one time it was suggested that the provisions of the Factories Act should be extended to the farming community. Honorable members who recollect the consternation which was created throughout the whole of Victoria as the result of that suggestion, must be convinced that' the provision in this Bill is one of very serious importance.

Progress reported.

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