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Tuesday, 10 March 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - On behalf of members of the United Country party I support the motion. The memory of our late illustrious sovereign will forever remainundimmed in the minds of his subjects in Australia.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable senators standing in their places.

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE (Western Australia - Minister for External Affairs) [3.7]. - by leave - Imove -

That the following resolution be transmitted through His Excellency the Governor-General to His Majesty the King: - " We, the members of the Senate in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, offer our congratulations on Your Majesty's Accession to the Throne, and desire to assure Your Majesty of our loyalty and allegiance, and to express our earnest hope that Your Majesty'sreign may be a long and successful one, and marked by the prosperity and progress of the countries comprising the British Empire."

All honorable senators will, I feel sure, agree with me that the motion is not merely a formal expression of loyalty, because for many years His Majesty King Edward VIII. has impressed his personality on the peoples of the British Empire over which he is now the ruler. His interest in the life of the people and in the progress of the countries constituting the Commonwealth of Nations which we call the British Empire, is real. He comes to the throne at a time when there are dark clouds on the world's horizon; at a time when the governments of many countries, and especially the governments of Europe, are called upon to exercise the wisest statesmanship to avoid those calamities which seem to threaten our civilization, and we pray that God may so guide him and those who advise him, that he, like his late lamented and beloved father, may use his influence to ensure the peace of the world. We believe that that will be his earnest endeavour.

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