Victorian Protection League

Melbourne Punch

Thursday 16 March 1865

A Useful Termination.
« MR EMBLING,” we are told, “terminated the proceedings by an excited harangue” at the Collingwood Protection meeting, on Monday night. As one good turn deserves another, it is to be hoped that some how the proceedings may terminate Mr. EMBLING.

Ballarat Star

15 June 1865

[Protectionist meeting St George’s Hall, Melbourne]

We learn from the Argus that an appeal to the “friends of protection” to assemble at St George’s Hall on Monday evening, to support the Ministry and the new tariff, was responded to by between 700 and 800 persons. Mr J. G. Reeves, president of the Victorian Protection Society, took the chair, and the usual resolutions affirming the expediency of the protective system, and the necessity of assisting the McCulloch Administration in giving effect to the same, were cheerfully adopted, but a solitary individual manifesting obstructive tendencies. The proceedings, in fact, were only enlivened by the sarcasms and rough witticisms which the orators levelled at Mr Edward Langton apropos of his recent lecture in the same building. Mr Rice, in proposing the first resolution, protested that Mr Langton’s eloquence had not enlightened him one whit; and Dr Embling, in supporting it, declared that the lecturer’s poetry cut his own throat-
“Heaven speed the canvas gallantly unfurled,  

To furnish and accommodate a world”

was all very well, but was this canvas only to be that of English fleets? England had always done the best she could for herself, and Victoria should do the same. England for the English, and Victoria for the Victorians. He loved not England the less, but Victoria the more. The idea of £14,000,000 of exports, raw material, made his blood run cold. Mr Don received an ovation when he declared that Mr Langton’s ridiculous nonsense about Robinson Crusoe would never convince him of the errors of his ways, and also when be advised that gentleman “to put his tongue in pickle.” As to the tariff, he could understand the unmitigated selfishness of its opponents, but their ignorance of their own business truly astonished him. Who was right as to the amount of the new duties-Mr Verdon or the free traders? Mr Kyte, M.L.A., mentioned the “little fact” that he had advertised for information as to the working of the tariff, and that he had found that it had given employment already to hundreds. If the Upper House had the cruelty, as well as the selfishness, to interfere with this advancement, he would not wonder if the working classes swept the Upper House from the lace of the earth altogether. His plain unvarnished tale when it came to be unfolded, would prove the opponents of the tariff to be the greatest humbugs alive. Mr G. Berry, M.L.A, as his “little fact,” stated the success of his lectures at Castlemaine, Sandhurst, and Eaglehawk, and expressed his conviction that the country was protectionist to the heart. The other speakers were Messrs Redfern, Vine, and Williams.

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