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Thursday, 26 November 1931

Mr SPEAKER - During the life of this Parliament there have been moments of agitation and periods of strain, and I am proud that honorable members have been kind enough to say that I have worthily upheld the tradition of the high office which I have occupied for two years. I thank them for their assistance at all times, and their compliance with my requests from the chair. My period of office has been one of the most delightful experiences of my life.

I express my appreciation of the loyal service of the Chairman of Committees (Mr. McGrath), not only when he has acted in that capacity, but also as Deputy Speaker. I am grateful also to the Temporary Chairmen for the manner in which they have discharged their responsible duties'. To the others who have assisted with the work of the House - to the Clerks, the members of the Hansard staff, the messengers, the Library staff, the officers of the Joint House Committee, and all who have assisted in the smooth working of Parliament - I pay my tribute. On their behalf I thank honorable members for what has been said regarding their loyal and efficient service.

Whatever the future may have in store for us, I extend to all honorable members my best wishes for the coming Christmas season, and express the hope that their earnest desire for the public welfare may be realized in the greater prosperity of the people of Australia during the coming year.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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