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AMALGAMATION OF UNIONS.
"PARTY POLITICS BANNED "
During thepast few weeks branches of the Victorian Farmers' Union and the Farmers' Union of Victoria have been forming 'throughout the State. As the'aims-arid objects of the unions were similar,.there was a general de sire that the organisations should be amalgamated. This has now been done. The name of the amalgamated •anion will be the "Victorian Farmers'" Union," for the reason that it was the older : body ahd had its provisional executive officers apoointed at Tren tham nearly two years ago; Owing to the outbreak of the war, the older
union did not proceed actively in the
work of organisation until recently, when the demand from the country districts' for organisation, becamef.ir resistible.. :In a few days four branch es of the union Avere-.then:.established ;n the Western district by Mr Isaac Hart, organising secretary. Mean while the Farmers' Union of Victoria, which bad its, origination in the nor thern districts, had oomc into exist ence. and. working from Melbourne, met with general -supoort in all parts of the State, Mr J. L riail being gene ral secretary. However, to secure unity, the younger hod}- has willingly merged into the Victorian Farmers' Union . Henceforth Messrs' Hart and Hall will jointly carry 011 the work of organisation under the control of the provisional central executive, which will remain, at Trentham. Cr. John Adams, of Xewhatu, is President, and Cr. A. Anderson and Mr T. T. O'Brien vice-presidents. Cr. P. Gle.e son treasurer, and Mr I. Hart secre tar.v of the provisional executive. All communications are to be addressed 10 East Trentham. Mr Hart will or ganise in that part of the State to the west of the Melbourne-Echuca rail way 'line, and Mr Hail in the territory to the east of the line. The organisa tion. is open to producers only.,and the secretaries state it is being financed and controlled solely by producers. ; Its political policy^ will be formulated | at the first conference to be held in | Melbourne during Show week. Mean while "party politics" arc banned.