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Thursday, 28 November 1935

Senator COLLINGS asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is the statement, appearing in many of the principal newspapers of the Commonwealth, to the effect that the Governor-General elect is to be initiated into his high office in Melbourne, official ?

2.   Is the reason given, viz., that Sir Alexander Hore-Ruthven desires to go to Tasmania, considered satisfactory, seeing that Melbourne is only a few hours' journey from the National Capital - Canberra ?

3.   Will the Government arrange for the installation of the new Governor-General to take place in Canberra?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Prime Minister has supplied the following answers: -

1.   Yes. 2 and 3. Full regard was given to the various aspects of this matter before the decision was reached that the ceremony would take place in Melbourne. Preliminary arrangements for the ceremony are being made, and it is not proposed to vary the decision already announced.

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