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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Removal of the Parliament to the Seat op Government at Canberra. Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland - Minister for Defence) [5.14]. - I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

I regret very much that the VicePresident of the Executive Council (Senator Pearce)was obliged to leave the Senate before the adjournment, to catch a train which will convey him to Sydney in time to be present at the reception to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York. His presence here on the present occasion would have been most fitting, inasmuch as he is an original member of the Senate, and the only one of such memberswhonow occupies a seat in this chamber. With those honorable senators who addressed themselves to a motion that the Senate passed recently, I agree thatweowe to the Parliament and the people of Victoria a deep debt of gratitude for having given the Commonwealth Parliament the use of this beautiful building from the inception of federation. I am sure that honorable senators have mixed feelings at this particular time. They can look backwith a considerable amount of pleasure to the sittings that have been held in this chamber, and the extraordinarily good work that has' been done here for the Commonwealth. I trust that . in our new home at Canberra there will be a continuance of the same good fellowship that has characterized the relations of honorable senators during the time that I have been a member of the Senate. I sincerely hope that honorable senators will long be spared to represent their respective States, and that they will live to see Canberra become a city worthy of this great Commonwealth, of which we are all so justly proud.

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