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Wednesday, 23 September 1936

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) . - Concerning establishments for the Governor-General I support what my leader (Senator Collings) has said. I do so because, in addition to the Governor-General, Australia supports six State Governors, some of whom have reached the dignity of being earls or lords. Some of them are very distinguished men, but up to the present time all have been content with one Government House.

Senator Collings - So was Sir Isaac Isaacs.

Senator J V MACDONALD (QUEENSLAND) - I believe so. For 35 years we have had a number of distinguished gentlemen occupying the post of Governor-General. T do not propose to go over the list, but one of them was Lord Tennyson, who was a sou of the poet. All of those gentlemen were satisfied with one official residence, and for the life of me I cannot see why the Governor-General should have establishments ad lib maintained by the people.

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