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Wednesday, 30 June 1926

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - In moving

That the Senate do now adjourn,

I should like to take this opportunity to say farewell to you, sir, in your official position as President of the Senate. You have given us to understand that you propose to retire from the chair at the end of the financial year, so to-morrow it will be the duty of the Senate to elect a new President. I am sure that honorable senators on both sides regret that you have seen fit to retire. I desire to express our appreciation of the manner in which you have discharged your duties. We all hope that you will benefit materially in health from the rest from official responsibilities which you are about to take, and that you will soon be found speaking and assisting the Senate in debates on the floor of this chamber. We are also taking farewell of Senator Drake-Brockman, who, for some time, has been Government Whip, and for many years has been one of my colleagues in the representation of Western Australia in the Senate. I feel sure that all honorable senators regret that Senator Drake-Brockman is leaving us, of his own free will in this case, and that his political association with us is about to be severed, temporarily, at all events. I wish to say, on behalf of the Government, that we appreciate very highly the valuable service which he has rendered as Government Whip. He has been more than Whip. Actually he has been available to take up the duties of a minister, and on many occasions has displayed a sounder knowledge of measures that have been before the Senate than could be claimed by ministers themselves. In this respect he has always been very useful to the Senate. In short, he has been invaluable to all honorable senators, and we appreciate very highly the work which he has done in this chamber. We all wish him good luck, the best of health, and success in the future.

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