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Friday, 11 December 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) .- I feel, Mr. President, that this is not an occasion when any honorable senator should seek to give expression to feelings which were engendered in the minds of some of us during recent weeks while the action which has now been taken by His Majesty was mostly the subject of conjecture and idle rumour. I agree entirely with most of the remarks made by the Leader of the Senate in his message to the Parliament and the people, particularly those in which he stressed the regret which will be felt at the determination of His Majesty to perform the act of abdication. We of the Opposition feel that regret as strongly - I do not suggest more strongly - as do the members of the other parties in this chamber. We believed that in His Majesty the Empire had a king out of the ordinary, and we anticipated that as a result of his education, his training, and his experience, he would become the most democratic monarch of all time, and one from whom we could expect great things. We were looking forward to a wonderfully successful and fruitful reign and we regret exceedingly that circumstances have arisen which make that hope futile. We of the Opposition will give place to no other section of the community in our loyalty to his successor.

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