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Thursday, 22 August 1912


The CHAIRMAN - Order ! I ask the honorable senator to address himself to the question before the Committee.


Senator FRASER - I think that I know something about factories and practical work. I know a good deal about wool, because I am a wool-grower. If it were right and proper for me to do so,I would lay immense odds that the Woollen Mills will be a failure from the start if they are established at Yass-Canberra. To begin with, how are we to get labour there ?


Senator Rae - Easily.


Senator FRASER - It will be almost impossible to get labour.to remain there. Honorable senators must recognise that expert labour will be required. Why are all our match factories established in large centres of population? Because it would be difficult to obtain suitable labour in the country. If this factory be established at Yass-Canberra . I predict that it will be a failure, and that no expert will be able to make it a success. It might possibly be a success in ten, twenty, or thirty years' time, but undoubtedly it will be a failure immediately. We know that our factories at Geelong are a success. I hope thathonorable senators will not fly in the f ace of the opinion of the expert to whom the task of selecting a suitable site was delegated.







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