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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Prime Minister and Treasurer) . - I take this opportunity on the last day of the sitting of the House to express my appreciation of the help of all those who are associated with the working of the Parliament. ' There are, first, yourself, Mr. Speaker, then the Chairman of Committees and the Temporary Chairmen of Committees, v the Clerks of the House, the members of the Hansard staff, the Library Staff, the staff of the Refreshment Rooms, and the Parliamentary Draftsman. Most of all, our thanks are due to the members of the Hansard staff. As I hare said before, 1 feci sure that- our speeches are much better after passing through their hands than they were when delivered. At least that is my experience, and I think that it applies to some other members -of the House, also. Our gratitude is due to all those whose courteous co-operation has been extended to honorable members during the sittings of the Seventeenth Parliament.

I have already referred to the retirement from politics of the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) and the honorable member for Herbert (Mr. Martens). However, no previous reference has been made to the right" honorable member for West Sydney (Mr. Beasley) who will not be in the next Parliament, and I take this opportunity to wish him. well in his new post.

I cannot go so far as to wish good fortune to all honorable members who will stand for re-election at the forthcoining general elections. I can wish Them good health, but, I cannot go much further than that, except in the case of honorable members on my own side of the House. My personal thanks are due to the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies) and the Leader of the Australian Country party (Mr. Fadden) for their courtesy and help in the working of the House. Of course, we have had our differences from time to time, but thu two right honorable gentlemen mentioned have always treated me very generously.

Mr Bryson - Do not praise them too much; there' is an election coming on.

Mr CHIFLEY - I am referring to their personal, riot their political, qualities. I know that I have sometimes been a little impatient in trying to push along the business of Parliament, and I may have been too prone to expect them to curb the enthusiasm of their followers. For that matter, the enthusiasm of my own followers has sometimes been more than was needed. Again, I thank you, Mr. Speaker, and the Chairman of Committees and his deputies, who have been very tolerant in the exercise of their authority, and I extend my thanks to the Clerk of the House and his assistants.

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