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Thursday, 1 July 1926

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - I desire to extend to you, Mr. President, my hearty congratulations on your elevation to the distinguished office which you now occupy. I am surethat I reecho the wish of every honorable senator when I say that I trust you may have a lone and successful career in the presidential chair. Already you have had considerable experience as one of the presiding officers' in this Chamber, so that you now come to the position of President with . that considerable advantage. You will find, as I found during my long period in that Chair, that you will have the sympathy and co-operation of the whole Senate in the discharge of your high duties.' You may at all times rely on the solid support of honorable senators in maintaining the honour and dignity of this Chamber. If my long experience as President will enable me to be of service to you in the future, it will be cheerfully and heartily placed at your disposal. I conclude by wishing you a long and happy career in the high and honorable office to which you have been elected.

Senator McLACHLAN(South Australia) [3.91. - As a South Australian colleague, I offer you my personal congratulations on having attained to the high office whichyou have been chosen to fill. I can speak with a personal knowledge of you extending over a quarter of a century, and I feel that your personal character and probity leave nothing to be desired. I am sure that you will occupy the Chair with that dignity with which you have discharged your other duties in this Chamber, and with credit to your State and to Australia.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. J. Newlands) [3.10]. - I desire to thank the right honorable the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce), the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Needham), Senator Givens and Senator McLachlan for their kind and encouraging words. I feel particularly indebted to my predecessor (Senator Givens) for his very kind and generous offer to place his vast fund of knowledge and extensive experience at my disposal should I at any time require them. I again thank all honorable senators for having elected me to this high office.

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