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Wednesday, 4 July 1906


MR DEAKIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) (Minister for External Affairs) - RUMOURS OF RETIREMENT.

Is there any truth in this mischief-making story ?


Mr DEAKIN - It is true that two years ago, when a private member, I had decided upon retiring at the close of this Parliament, and was actually seeking in Ballarat for a suitable successor. Since then unexpected obligations have been cast upon me which have entirely altered that purpose. Except by the consent of my colleagues and my party, with both of whom my relations are most cordial and satisfactory, I do not now feel free to take any such step. The rumour appears to have arisen owing to some replies of mine to questions recently addressed to me by old friends referring to appointments here and in London about to be authorized by Parliament. My answer has been that those positions should be filled by better men, and in the event of my retirement frompublic life I am not a candidate for any of them.







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