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Friday, 24 August 1923

Valedictory Speeches. Dr. EARLE PAGE (Cowper - Treasurer) [5.9]. - Mr. Speaker, in moving -

That the House do now adjourn,

I should like to express the appreciation, which I am sure all members of the

House have felt at your urbanity, uniform courtesy, and kindness, during the whole of this session. We all recognise the heavy strain which a session of. .this character has imposed, not merely on honorable members, but on you, sir, and we are deeply sensible of the value whichyou, with your wide experience and parliamentary knowledge, have been to the House during its protracted sittings. We desire also to express our thanks for the valuable services rendered by the Chairman of Committees, and express our regret at his unfortunate illness. We hope that he may soon be restored to health. Especially do we desire to thank the Deputy Chairmen for the very onerous work which' they performed during the long Committee stages which the character of the legislation brought forward rendered necessary, and to thank them for their fairness, and for the manner in which they assisted the work of the Parliament. We also appreciate the courtesy and assistance which the officers of the House have always given to honorable members. To the Hansard staff ' we extend our thanks for the accuracy of their reports, and the way in which they invariably improve the spoken word. We appreciate the services rendered by the attendants associated with this Chamber. In conclusion, and on behalf of the Government, I wish, you, sir, and all members with whom we have been associated during the past ten weeks - not forgetting our friends, the newspaper reporters, who have been sitting with us through many long nights that never seemed to end- a pleasant recess. As probably we shall not be meeting again before Christmas, I wish all, too, a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.







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