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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Mr LYONS (WILMOT, TASMANIA) (Prime Minister) - by leave - I regret that the right honorable member for Yarra has found it necessary to relinquish the position of Leader of the Opposition, particularly as that decision has been forced upon him by ill-health. In times such as these we can forget party alignments. I can say on behalf of honorable members who sit on this side of the House that although the right honorable member has always been a hard fighter, he has won universal respect. As a matter of fact I can safely affirm that because of his fine conduct, his sterling character, and the many other attributes that he possesses, he has endeared himself to all. We know that, should he be early blessed with a return to good health, he will regain his old fighting form; and, although he is a sturdy and an able opponent, we shall welcome that event.

To the successor of the right honorable member I offer the congratulations of honorable members on this side. He can depend upon receiving from the members of Cabinet and from honorable members generally, that courtesy, consideration and co-operation which have been freely given to his predecessor.

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