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Friday, 2 August 1946

Mr SMITH (Wakefield) .- I join with the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron) and the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page) in congratulating .the Minister" for the Navy (Mr. Makin) upon his appointment as Australia's first Ambassador at Washington. I have been a member of this House for only a few years, but the Minister has been of great assistance to me. I know something about his early career in South Australia. He has always been held in the highest esteem by South Australians, whom he has so faithfully represented in this Parliament. I am confident that in his new office he will do justice to himself and credit to this wonderful country, which he loves so much. I wish him good health in the future, I trust that he will be spared to come back to this country and give to it the benefit of the valuable experience which he gains abroad. I join with pleasure in the sentiments expressed by honorable members who have voiced their appreciation of his splendid work. It is gratifying to hear such praise fall from the lips of honorable gentlemen opposite who are not of the same political persuasion. I wish the Minister every success in his mission.

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