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Friday, 9 August 1946

Mr FADDEN (Darling Downs Leader of the Australian Country Party) . - I associate myself and the members of my party with the sentiments expressed by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Menzies). I desire also to express appreciation of the work of yourself, Mi'. Speaker, and your officers who have been associated with the work of Parliament in the last three years , in particular. Everybody will agree that those three years have been very strenuous indeed. So strenuous have they been, that I hope to be able to convince the electors that the members of the' Government, and the Prime Minister in particular, should have a well-earned rest.

I am pleased to take this opportunity lo pay a tribute to the honorable member for Parramatta (Sir Frederick Stewart) and the honorable member for Herbert ("Mr. Martens) for the service they have rendered to the nation. A lump earnt into my throat when I was listening to the honorable member for Herbert making his final speech in this Parliament which he has served for eighteen years. I think I can claim to have known him longer than anyone else in this House has known him. I first knew him when I was a small boy, and a great friendship continued between him and my father. In character as in stature he was always straight. He held deep convictions, and very few persons in the Labour movement have done more pioneering work for the cause of trade unionism than he did. I express appreciation of the work of the honorable member for Parramatta, who is also a man of strong character and deep convictions. Parliament and the nation have been well served by him.

The Prime Minister apologized for being sometimes impatient of delays in the work of Parliament, but no one could be more patient than he. Indeed, hi< patience and tolerance, are great obstacleto any one who sets out to fight him. He has -always been decent, and has kep; other men' decent. In the forthcoming campaign we will fight him as strenuously as we can, but we will _do so in a straightforward manner, and on policy only. There will be no personalities, and may the best man win. ' My thanks also go ou! to the officers of Parliament and all those . who have assisted us in pur work, lt . can be said tha t there has existed in this Parliament a strong sense of comradeship. We have differed politically, but I have always tried to keep such differences out of our private relation*:

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