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Thursday, 22 August 1912

Senator FRASER (Victoria) .- It cannot be said by any honorable senator that in expressing my views on this subject I am influenced by any votes which I may want to give in the future. I am not going to stand again for election, and, therefore, having no votes to catch in Geelong, I can speak quite impartially. I know Australia very well, having been over pretty well every part of it, except the far distant districts. I think that if honorable senators go against the expert advice of an honest man, brought out from the Old Country to advise us in this mat-' ter, they will make a fatal mistake.

Senator Rae - A brither Scot, too.

Senator FRASER -" Brither Scots" are not very bad men. They control London ; they control many parts of the world, and do not make very many mistakes. They are at the head, of all the big establishments. I am not a " brither Scot." but a Canadian. I would point out that woollen mills have been established in Geelong for many years, and have been a great success. It will be sheer madness on the part of this Commonwealth to attempt to start Woollen Mills at Yass-Canberra.

Senator Givens - Why did you vote for Yass-Canberra, then? You were the deciding factor. You cut yourself adrift. You made a prisoner of yourself by cutting off your telephone.

Senator FRASER - I voted for YassCanberra because, under the Constitution', the Federal Capital had to be in. New South Wales.

Senator Givens - Yass-Canberra is not the only place in that State.

Senator FRASER - Well, in my opinion, it was the best site of all.

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