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Southland Farmers Union.

United Press Association—By Electric Telegraph. Inveecaesili., May 19 At the annual provincial meeting of the Southland Farmers' Union the President, Mr J. McQueen, urged the necessity for keeping up the Union in view of events here and in Australia. The socialists had got a "White Australia," and now they wanted a " white ocean " to carry their letters. The Union had made mistakes, but its existence was essential to the farmers' wellbeing. It was resolved to join the Otago Mutual Fire Insurance Association. It was also resolved that Grown tenants should have the option of purchasing the freehold. It was decided | to appoint an organising agent and carivnsser. Mr Paterson was appointed veterinary adviser at .£IOO per annum, on the 1 understanding that only those who sub- j I scribed to his salary have the call on his j services. A • motion was carried that j threshing mill owners furnish to the Government accounts of the quantities ot grain put through ; that there Ehould I c 1 no alteration in the franchise for the election of local bodies ; that co-operative labour be abandoned on public works in ■ favour of small contracts. ! Ke sterilisation of bonedusb it was moved tba* the Government's present j arrangements are entirely unsatisfactory, and that they be urged to prohibit the importation of the dust until the bones can be sterilised at or near a port, or under j license to the importer who may elect to I erect a plant. It was suggested that super- j phosphates-only be allowed to enter the colony. New Zealand should not be at the cost of sterilising.' After much argument the clause was carried. J

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905

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Southland Farmers Union. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6575, 20 May 1905