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Friday, 25 September 1942

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs) (Leader of the Opposition) . - In endorsing the sentiments voiced by the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin), I express on behalf of the Opposition an appreciation of the kindly thought which prompted him thus to signalize the 78th birthday of our Deputy Leader, and Leader of the United Australia party, the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes). The right, honorable gentleman has spent in public life more years than I havebeen on this earth. He has had a picturesque career. Australia is his adopted land, but none could deny that he has proved himself to be one of the best Australians that this country has had. I visited the right honorable gentleman this morning, and it was gratifying to find him happy and reading the morning paper without the aid of glasses. That he is in full enjoyment of his faculties we all know; in fact, he is more alert than are many honorable members of this House, and I include myself. The right honorable gentlemanis a national institution. He has had experiences, industrial and political, that very few men have shared. He has worked in most of the industries of Australia and travelled by all means of transport from wagon to aeroplane, and his journeys have taken him not only into the remote outback of Australia over dusty and sandy tracks but also to many places overseas. I am confident that all honorable members wish that he may be spared to enjoy many another birthday.

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