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Thursday, 15 December 1927

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) [3.25]. - I move -

That the Senate do now adjourn.

I should like to extend to you, Mr. President, the Chairman of Committees, and to honorable senators generally best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. I also extend similar greetings to Hansard and to members of the staff generally. We are adjourning after what has really been the first session at Canberra, and I think that we may return to our respective homes feeling that we have been occupied usefully, and that legislation has been passed that will be of advantage to the Commonwealth. In the performance of our legislative duties in this new home we have found that the officers of the Senate ana Hansard have, as has always been the case, assisted us most materially. As Leader of the Government, and speaking on behalf of my fellow Ministers, I desire to extend to honorable senators on both sides our appreciation and thanks for the courtesy which they have invariably extended to us. Although we have at times been faced with strenuous opposition, and have had a little difficulty in convincing honorable senators opposite that they were wrong and we were right, the execution of our political duties has left us with our personal feelings unruffled, which is the spirit in which legislative proceedings should be conducted.

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