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Tuesday, 1 October 1935

Dr EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Commerce) - by leave- I desire to associate myself with the expressions that have fallen from the right honorable the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons) and the newly appointed Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Curtin), concerning the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin), who for a number of years has ably and creditably performed the duties of Leader of the Opposition, and in addition has discharged important administrative functions. On behalf of the Country party I should like to say how much we appreciated at all times, not only his eloquence, but also the very deep interest thatbe always took in parliamentary debates, as well as the utmost fairness that he invariably displayed. We regret very keenly the circumstances that have compelled him to relinquish his position. We arc pleased indeed to see him back in this House, and trust that, having been relieved of the very onerous duties that he has so ably discharged, he will soon be completely restored to health, and for many years be an ornament to this chamber.

We extend our congratulations to the new Leader of the Opposition, and hope that he will achieve success in that position.

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