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LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY.

. Criticism of the State Budget proposals carne freely from members of the Legis- lative Assembly yesterday, but behind it all was the recognition that Victoria is fortunate in its Treasurer. Expression was given to this belief by Mr. Green- wood, member for Boroondara, and his declaration that the State could not afford to lose the services of Mr. Mcpher- son at this juncture evoked murmurs of approval. Having spoken in this compli- mentary fashion, Mr. Greenwood pro- ceeded to talk plainly of the fnilure of Ministries generally to heed warnings of possible financial rocks ahead. Mr. Eggles ton spoke even more definitely of the coming crisis, and predicted that wheat next year would he sold for half the present price, while other

primary products would also yield a less

profitable return.

Although there were not' more than half a donen members present during the time that Mr. Egglcston was speaking, he had to seek protection from the Chair- man against interjectors. For a time he was Hubj'ected to a searching cross-ex- amination'by Mr. Hogan on the question of meat prices and freights, and a little later ho was taken to task by the Trea- surer, ' who denied that there vyas need for pessimism.

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