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Thursday, 8 August 1946

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Leader of the Opposition) (1:26 AM) . - I take this opportunity to make a few remarks which may not' be strictly relevant to the bill. The handling of this measure on behalf of the Opposition has been entrusted to the honorable member for

Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) who, as honorable members know, does not propose to contest his seat at the forthcoming elections. I should like to say - and I am sure that I speak for every honorable member-how much his work in this Parliament has been appreciated.

HONORABLE Members. - Hear, hear!

Mr MENZIES - It is most appropriate that a bill designed to extend the scope of humane legislation should have, been in his hands on behalf of the Opposition. Both privately and publicly the honorable member for Parramatta ha.c been most generous in his assistance to proposals for the betterment of human beings. That, I believe, was the object with which he entered the Parliament; and that is the satisfaction that he wilL have as he leaves it. I should like to say, on behalf of my colleagues and myself, how much his splendid work has been appreciated, that we shall remember what he has done, and that he carries our good wishes into his retirement from the Commonwealth Parliament.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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