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Thursday, 8 October 1914

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - Sir, i rise to offer you the congratulations, not only of honorable members on this side, but, i am sure, of the whole of the Parliament, on the great honour that you have attained by again being elected to the Chair. I do not desire at this time to enter into any controversial matter. i merely wish to say that the knowledge of your previous term in the Chair is sufficient warrant for what we may expect from you in the future. From my knowledge of your parliamentary experience, which extends over twenty-one years, I am certain that you will adorn the office you occupy, and prove a credit to this House and our parliamentary institutions. When on my feet, I wish to say that His Excellency the GovernorGeneral will be pleased to receive you, Mr. Speaker, in the Library at ten minutes to 4 o'clock.

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