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Thursday, 17 September 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - My remarks shall be brief, for some months ago I had the pleasure of supporting Senator Abbott's motion in this Senate. I congratulate him on his address and initiative in beginning what I believe to be a long-range plan, designed to secure world peace and understanding. Although it is only on rare occasions that I have cause to do so, I congratulate the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) upon the sentiments he expressed in seconding the motion. Whilst I do not deny for one moment that the Senate has a right to address His Majesty the King, particularly on a subject so important as is this, I question the thought that has been expressed that this is not a matter that concerns the Government. As the Government includes members of the Senate, it must bear its share of our collective responsibility.

Senator Duncan-Hughes - Ministers are involved only as individuals.

Senator HARDY - That is so.

Senator Collings - The resolution will go through the President.

Senator HARDY - But the Government is an integral part of the Senate; how can it fail to take its share of the responsibility? I am satisfied, however, that not for one moment do Ministers question the advisability of this motion, although they may question how it is to be brought into the realm of practical politics so that the international thought exchange which has been advocated so eloquently by Senator Abbott may be established.

Senator Abbott - It will not be the function of this Government to call that convention.

Senator HARDY - I intend to support the proposal in every way I can do so, because I believe that although some of the principles it embodies may be of longrange in their application we should not be carrying out our public duty as leaders of the nation if we failed to endorse it.

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