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Tuesday, 3 July 1906
Page: 975

Mr McCOLL (Echuca) .- My object in moving the amendment was' to secure to the farmers the right to combine for the purpose of securing a fair price for their products. I have previously instanced the case of the Mildura trust, which might easily come within the scope of this Bill. If any one chose to bring it before the Court,' it might possibly, find an adverse Attorney-General, or Minister of Trade and Customs, or Comptroller-General, who would decide against it, with the result that its industry would be ruined.

Mr Frazer - The case would have to go before a jury.

Mr McCOLL - I have stated my object in submitting the amendment. It is not fair for the Attorney-General to say that I am acting in the interests of a few large farmers.

Mr Isaacs - I did not say so.

Mr McCOLL - That is the honorable and learned gentleman's usual method of attempting to discredit those who are opposed to him.. If the amendment is not quite upon right lines, it can be further amended. I intend to take a division upon it, with a view to showing whether the sense of the Committee is with the farmers or not. The leader of the Labour Party, when he represented a farming constituency, accepted a similar proposal, but now that he intends to contest a city electorate he speaks in a very different manner.

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