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Wednesday, 17 February 1932

Mr CAMERON (Barker) . - I move - '

That the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Mackay) do take the Chair of the House aa Speaker.

If the honorable member for Lilley ia appointed to the chief position in the gift of honorable members of this House, he will, I am sure, perform the duties pertaining to the Speakership in a manner which will do credit, not only to himself, but also to the chamber over which he will preside. The honorable gentleman has already given long service to his constituents, having been first elected to this House in 1917. He has, moreover, occupied the position of Temporary Chairman of Committees in several parliaments, and in that office has had an opportunity to show that he possesses those qualifications which justify his promotion to the higher honour of the Speakership. The occupant of the Speaker's chair should be a man of calm temperament and impartial judgment, and the honorable member for Lilley possesses both quali- fications. He enjoys the distinction of possessing the longest unbroken period of loyal service of any member of the United Australia party.

Mr Ward - That is not a recommendation.

Mr CAMERON - I do not agree with the honorable member for East Sydney. If the honorable member for Lilley is appointed to the position of Speaker, he will, I am convinced, conduct the proceedings of the House in such a manner that when at length he comes to leave the Chair, he will have earned the confidence and esteem of the whole body of members.

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