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Monday, 9 May 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I take this opportunity to express the pleasure which it gives me to see you, Mr. President, once more in occupation of the chair, and on the way, as we all hope you are, to the full restoration of your health. I trust that your recovery will be rapid, and that before long you will be in your usual vigour. I also congratulate you, sir, on the distinction that has been conferred upon you by His Majesty the King, and I trust that you may long be spared to enjoy it.

I join with Senator Sir William Glasgow in congratulating the Leader of the Senate, Senator Sir George Pearce, who has also been marked out for distinction on this memorable occasion. I have had many years acquaintance with the right honorable gentleman, and although we may not always have been in agreement on many matters of policy, we have maintained throughout a close personal friendship. I can say of Senator Sir George Pearce that in the discharge of his duties as a Minister he has always brought to# bear on any task entrusted to him great zeal, outstanding ability, and an earnest desire to achieve success. I trust that he also will long be spared to enjoy the distinction that has been conferred on him.

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