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FRANCIS P. BAKER, , MARANOA

Francis Patrick Baker, who has been selected to carry the banner of Labor to victory, ^on this occasion, is a native of the electorate, and until last week he held the position of In spector of Schools, when he completed his twentieth year of service for the Department of Public Instruction in that very important sphere.

Mr. Baker, who was. the father of the late Frank Baker, who for so many years represented the Griffith electorate in the House of Represen tatives, has always. taken * very keen interest in industrial and political af fairs, and naturally he is' anxious to continue the good work of bis distin guished son on behalf of , the Move ment that he served so well. In order to contest the Maranoa it was necessary that Mr. Baker should resign his position in the Pjablic Ser vice bef ore ^ &aue ffl flfe write, and although he wfll ^furaDy be con cerned in the wellbeing of the young, and particularly the post school chil dren, his association with every phase of the rural industry in the Maranoa will make him an ideal representative i for that constituency. ; Born in the Warwick district of i farming parents, Mr. Baker, when he J joined the Education Department, i went to Croydon in 1908, and it is his ! proud boast that throughout his I career he has been privileged to carry i the hallmark of real unionism in the 1 form of an A.W.U, ticket. Mr. Baker, since his selection as ' Labor's nominee, has been the recipi ent of congratulations from all classes of the community throughout the far flung Maranoa, ana amongst the most cherished are . those which he has received from former school chil ? dren Jie has-come in_coniactjwith as a State school inspector and who are now looking forward to casting their vote for him on election day. The latest reports from the various centres are that Mr. Baker is certain of a substantial majority, and once more we can count upon the Maranoa as being the Labor constituency it — _was JR the earlier days of the Federa tion.

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