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Wednesday, 30 June 1926

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) .- On behalf of my colleagues on your left, Mr. President, I join with the Leader of the Senate in expressing regret that you will voluntarily vacate the position of President of this chamber to-night, after thirteen years of service. With the Leader of the Senate, I hope that the rest from arduous official duties which you will enjoy will be beneficial to you, and that, in the near future, we shall see you again on the floor of the Senate taking part in debate as vigorously as of yore. I remember you as a private member. We all realized then your worth and your strength in debate. I hope that it will not be long before we see that vigour restored.

I also share the opinion of the Leader of the Senate regarding Senator Drake-

Brockman. He is relinquishing his connexion with the Senate, not as the result of a verdict of the people of Western Australia, but of his own volition. I echo the wish expressed by Senator Pearce that, whatever path in life Senator ' Drake-Brockman maps out for himself in the future, he will continue to enjoy good health and to prosper. During the past two years, I have had more to do with the honorable and learned senator than have most honorable senators. On one occasion, when he defeated me in Western Australia, he relieved me of my responsibility in this Senate; but when I was again elected by the people to represent them here, I was appointed Opposition Whip, and in that capacity I have frequently had to consult with Senator Drake-Brockman, who has been the Government Whip. During those two years, I found him always courteous and kind. We have fought each other as political opponents, both in this chamber and before the elections; but that has never interfered with our personal friendship. I hope that the day will never come in Australia when political differences will interfere with personal friendships.

I join with the Leader of the Senate in expressing the hope that you, sir, whose health has been impaired by your devotion to the onerous duties of your office, will speedily be restored to your usual good health.

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