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Farmers' Union.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE.

United Press Association—Hy Electric Telegraph.

Wellington, July 13 TheJTarmers' Conference continued today.

A resolution was passed—"That the Government be again most strongly urged to erect sterilising works in the colony, or to prohibit the importation of bones or bone dust altogether."

It was resolved—"That the Colonial Executive be recommended to set up a committee to enquire into the whole ques-

tion of the Workers' Compensation and Mortgage Acts."

It wa3 resolved—" That the Conference view with alarm the attempt by the Trades and Labour Conference to force the Government into providing for ' compulsory preference to unionists," and that evei-y legitimate effort be made by the Farmers' Union to counteract this demand."

A motion was carried —" J hat in all cases brought by the Stock department against settlers for failing to destroy rabbits or noxious weed 3, no fees be allowed if » solicitor be retained by the prosecution where the defendant is not represented by counsel or pleads guilty."

Mr O'Halloran's motion—" That the Minister be urged to bring in a Bill this session to abolish the Sheep Tax," was carried.

Other motions carried were: - " That all owners and occupiers of land, the Crown included, be placed on level terms with regard to fencing rights." " That a settler in clearing his boundary fence of scrub or fern, should have the right to call on his neighbour to clear his side also." " That in view of the enormous expense entailed on Great Britain, for the defence of the Empire, of which we form a part, this Union is of the opinion that our Legislature should show a generous spirit in support of the naval forces, to which we owe our security from foreign aggression." Wellington, July 14

At the fourth day's sitting this morning it was resolved " That the Government be urged to bring forward as soon as possible the promised legislation to provide for efficient earmarking." "That the Small Birds Nuisance Act be amended so that the towns should pay an equitable share of expense wiith country in the destruction of small birds,"

Mr Ritchie, Secretary to the A gricultural Department, said that the Government intended this session to introduce a Seeds Examination Bill to enable the Department to examine seeds imd publish the results of the examinations. The Department was also asking Parliament for more inspectors for blight on fruit.

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Farmers' Union., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905

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Farmers' Union. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6621, 14 July 1905

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