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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 11. 1965.



The strongest such effort took place in Northland, where persons influential in the Auckland Farmers' Union brought the matter to the fore, so that monetary reform on Social Credit lines became the declared policy of the Union and of the Country Party which was its off-shoot.

Captain H. M. Rushworth, sometime president of the Union, and A. E. Robinson, its secretary, were foremost advocates,

Rushworth stood for Parliament under the auspices of the Country Party and represented the Bay of Islands electorate in the House for many years.

Mr. A. Sexton, an Auckland lawyer, represented Franklin for one period, and Dr. Smith of Rawene, one of those vigorous eccentrics who inevitably come to the top in new movements, became a sort of unofficial president of the movement throughout New Zealand.

Colonel S. J. E. Closey was appointed assistant secretary to the Auckland Farmers' Union and under its auspices conducted a campaign throughout the country for a "compensated price" for farm produce, a campaign which like the later one for "Real Democracy" sponsored by R. G. Young and others in the Waikato, served to bring home the conviction that only straight-out demand for reform along Social Credit lines and under that name, could ultimately succeed.