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Friday, 27 November 1959

Dr EVATT (Hunter) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I join with the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) in. offering good wishes and Christmas greetings to all honorable members. 1 support his observations in relation to. the Presiding Officers. I cannot remember any other time when we were fortunate enough to possess a. Speaker and a Chairman of Committees who really commanded the support and the affection of the House generally. This is a very good thing for the House as an institution.

I.   agree with the Prime Minister's remarks relating to the assistance that we receive. It, comes from so many people so frequently, day by day, that, perhaps we are inclined, to forget it. To the officers who attend upon sittings of the House, and who bring us the documents that are sometimes not so easy to find, we are grateful. I should like to refer also to the Librarian and his officers- who control an institution which is becoming increasingly important not- merely to us, but to Australia. The work that they do is outstanding. I shall not enumerate the other services of the House, all of which are conducted efficiently.

Mr Haylen - Why do we never, mention the members' bar,? The. officers there work very hard.

Dr EVATT - That .is- true. That, is a very generous, statement. The: Prime

Minister is about to leave Australia on an important mission of goodwill to Malaya and Indonesia. Recently we had a visit from the Prime Minister of Malaya. I think that relationships between our two countries are excellent and that they will be strengthened and maintained. The Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia is also of some importance. Without going into details of the purpose of the visit, I may say that I am very pleased that the mission is being undertaken. Although it is not really a political mission in the true sense, we all hope that it will bear fruit.

I want to refer, Mr. Speaker, to the work that you, the Clerk of the House and his assistants performed during the very important visit to Australia of members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The functions which you and the President of the Senate performed, together with the officers to whom I have referred, were outstanding.

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