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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr HUGHES (Bendigo) (Prime Minister and Attorney-General) . - I am informed that the other branch of the Legislature has adjourned without adopting an address to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; but I have prepared an address as to which you, sir, and the members of this Chamber, can decide whether or not it shall be adopted. With your permission, I move -

That the following Address be presented to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales: -

To His Royal Highness Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, Prince of Wales, Earl of Chester in the Peerage of England, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, and Baron of Renfrew, in the Peerage of Scotland, Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of Scotland,K.G., P.C., G.M.M.G., G.M.B.E., M.C.

May it Please Your Royal Highness:

We, the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, welcome Your Royal Highness with assurances of our devoted attachment to the person and Crown of our Most Gracious Sovereign.

We recall with pride the latest visit to Australia of His Majesty the King before his accession to the Throne, when he was graciously pleased to open in person the inaugural session of the Australian Parliament.

The abiding memories of that epochal event have proved a potent factor in strengthening the ties of kinship and affection which hold together the free nations of the British Empire in the union which war and danger only helped to consolidate.

We therefore rejoice at the presence of Your Royal Highness, and we offer you a warm and loyal welcome, not only as Heir Apparent to the Throne and as our future Sovereign, but also as one who was hailed by our gallant Australian soldiers as a comrade on the field on which so many brave men fought and died in the sacred cause of freedom.

We congratulate Your Royal Highness upon the spirit you displayed in the great war now happily ended, and we feel that we may indulge a becoming pride in the thought that the high sense of duty and responsibility by which Your Royal Highness was animated was shared to the full by Australia's sons and daughters, who by their valour and their sacrifices contributed a worthy part to the ultimate triumph of those principles which are the glory and the pride of the British name.

Your progress throughout the Commonwealth will afford Your Royal Highness an opportunity of observing the energy, enterprise, and character of our people in the pursuit of the arts of peace.

We earnestly trust that your visit to our sh ores may be fraught with happiness and pleasure to Your Royal Highness, and that your mission to our people may be blessed with an abundant measure of success to the present and enduring advantage of Australia and the Empire.

I will offer no observation at all upon the fact that the Senate has adjourned without considering the matter of an address; but I submit this to you, sir, in order that you may exercise your discretion and, if you deem it fit, give to honorable members an opportunity of exercising theirs.

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