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Thursday, 6 October 1927

Senator Sir WILLIAM GLASGOW (Queensland) (Minister for defence) [9.56] . - I point out to Senator Givens, and to honorable senators generally, that the staff at Federal Government House have not been in Australia very long, but the practice is adopted which obtains all over the world of issuing invitations to those who observe the courtesy of entering their names in the Governor-General's book. On a previous occasion, when there was an occurrence similar to that referred to by Senator Givens, the Clerk of the other House entered the name of every member in the book kept for that purpose at Government House. I do not know whether honorable senators consider that they should haveextended to them privileges that are not enjoyed by other members of the community. Every one is aware that certain courtesies are required in society. I use that term in a sense different from that appliedto it by Senator Givens. All that is asked is that the courtesy which is expected from the GovernorGeneral should be extendedalso to him. Senator Givens is fully aware that in every British dominion certain courtesies are extended to Vice-regal representatives. A further consideration of the matter, I am sure, will convince him that honorable senators shouldnot expect to be absolved from doing that which other members of the community are expected to do. I do not object to his having drawn attention to the matter : but I suggest that honorable senators should see that their names are entered in the book which is kept at Government House, or that which is available at No. 2 Secretariat.

Question resolved in the affirmative. Senate adjourned at 10 p.m.

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