Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Friday, 25 June 1915

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I should like, in a few words, and with all sincerity, to heartily indorse the remarks which you, sir, have addressed to the Senate, and those with which Senator Pearce has followed you. Honorable senators would have had a good deal to regret if the Senate had failed to record some expression of its opinion of the faithful services rendered by the retiring officer. Mr. Upward's retirement will be the breaking of another of the links that join the present with the past. He is one of those who came here when the Federation was established; and when we look round thischamber we cannot help regretting that many of those who were present at the first meeting of the Senate are no longer with us. Happily, Mr. Upward is still living in circumstances which are full of promise, and we wish him in the yearsthat still remain to him all happiness and prosperity. In addition to the regret that I am sure I share with every other honorable senator upon the retirement of one of the very faithful and competent servants of the Senate, I have also a personal regret that I shall have less frequent intercourse in the future with a gentleman whose hand I have always been glad to grasp, and one who has at all times shown an earnest desire to assist honorable senators in the discharge of their duties here. I do not wish to say anything further than to express a hope that Mr. Upward's non-appearance in this chamber will not in any way prevent him continuing the private intercourse which has been one of the most pleasant recollections of my service as a member of the Senate.

Senator Lt.-Colonel .Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [12.54].- Honorable senators will permit me to say a few words on the present occasion, because it was my privilege to occupy the Presidential chair, and during my term of office to have had the advantage of the assistance of Mr. Upward in the performance of my duties. I may further say that I had the satisfaction of recommending Mr. Upward for the position which he now occupies. When I came into the Senate in 1901, Mr. Upward occupied the position of Usher of the Black Rod, and discharged the duties of that position with such unfailing courtesy that honorable senators felt that they had a personal friend in a gentleman who, because of the nature of his duties, might be brought into conflict with them, in the event of disorder such as has occurred in other legislative chambers. When he was promoted, honorable senators recognised that his promotion was well earned, and "that he was the right man to occupy the position to which he was advanced. Honorable senators have had the opportunity to see how he has discharged the duties of his present position ; and I am able to confirm what the President has said concerning the great assistance which he, and the other officers of the Senate, have rendered the occupant of the- chair in the discharge of important and difficult duties. That Mr. Upward is retiring from the service of the Senate is, I am sure, a matter of great regret to honorable senators generally. We trust that it will be his good fortune to enjoy many pleasant hours in the time to come,- and that it will be very many years before the shadow of George Upward fails to fall upon this sublunary sphere.

Senator Lynch - We hope to see him back here as a senator.

Senator Lt Colonel Sir ALBERT GOULD - Senator Lynch suggests that we may see him back in this chamber; and I am sure we should rejoice to welcome Mr. Upward as one of the members of the Senate. In such an event, wherever he might take his seat, and whatever the views he might hold, he would command the respect and esteem of every member of the Chamber.

The PRESIDENT - This is perhaps a convenient time to adjourn for lunch. It occurred to me that before I left the chamber on the suspension of the sitting, honorable senators might remain in order to give Mr. Upward an opportunity to make his acknowledgments. He has, however, assured me that his feelings on this occasion have overcome him, rendering him unable to speak and adequately express his sense of appreciation of the kindness of honorable senators. He has asked me to express to honorable senators his deep appreciation of the honour that has been done him. He has the deepest feeling of gratitude for the way in which he has been treated by every member of the Senate, and reciprocates fully the good wishes which have been expressed concerning him.

Honorable Senators. - Hear, hear!.

Sitting suspended from 12.57 to 2.80p.m.

Suggest corrections