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Friday, 18 June 1926

Senator Sir THOMAS GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for Home and Territories) [3.54]. - I thank the Leader of the Government (Senator Pearce) and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham) for their kind words of congratulation to myself. I realize quite fully the difficulty I shall have in following such an experienced and capable administrator as Senator Pearce in the Department of Home and Territories, hut I can assure honorable senators that I shall devote all the ability I possess to the administration of the department in the interests of the people generally.

Senator Sir VICTORWILSON (South Australia) [3.55]. - I thank the Leader of the Government (Senator Pearce) and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham) for their kindly personal references to myself. I take this opportunity of saying how much I have appreciated the loyalty of all sections of the chamber to myself. The Leader of the Opposition was correct in saying that we have our differences. If we did not, we should notbe fit to be in public life. The duties of a Minister are arduous, and so many calls are made upon his time and strength that perhaps a rest will not hurt me, but I would rather have taken it voluntarily than have had it thrust on me as it has been on this occasion. I congratulate Senator Glasgow on coming into the Government, and also Mr. Patterson, my successor as Minister for Markets and Migration. I am sure that we can look forward to a very useful term of office from both those gentlemen, and I can speak with some degree of authority when I say that Cabinet, as a whole, is delighted to welcome them. I hope that Cabinet will still work together as a happy family as it has done during the three and a half years I have been a member of it. I shall be here for a few days only, but I may come back to this chamber quicker thau some realize. I should not be doing my duty if I did not say that I realize to the fullest extent the loyalty I have had from the officers of Parliament, and those of my own department, because it is that which has made possible the little success I have achieved in doing the work to which Senator Pearce has so kindly referred. I thank honorable senators again for the many considerations I have received from them. I shall always look upon them not only as senators, but as personal friends.

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