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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr.SCULLIN. - by leave - I desire to announce to you, Mr. Speaker, and to the House, that I have resigned the leadership of the Opposition. I take this occasion very heartily to congratulate my successor, and to wish him success and continued good health.

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear !

Mr.CURTIN.- by leave- Ibeg to inform you, Mr. Speaker, and the House, that I have been appointed Leader of the Opposition. I would crave the indulgence of the House to say how deeply I regret the circumstances that have led to the resignation of my predecessor.

The services of the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin) to Australia and tothe Labour party have been immeasurable. He has set what I regard as a magnificent example of wholesouled patriotism. He has always fought fairly and ably. He has devoted himself unsparingly to the work which has fallen to him. Indeed, he has paid the price of ill-health and much suffering as a result of the expenditure of the reserves of bis strength. I sincerely hope that his services to Australia will remain always in the memory of his fellow citizens,' and will be an inspiration, to young men particularly, to endeavour to emulate them. I can only hope that, with his example before me, I shall always strive to reach the standard that he has set.

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