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Friday, 18 June 1937

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Very early in the speech delivered by the Governor-General yesterday, His Excellency referred to the portions of Australia which he had so far had an opportunity to visit, and to the fact that everywhere he was confronted with undoubted proof of the loyalty of the Australian people and a splendid spirit of confidence in the future of the Commonwealth. Although these imported gentry - these expensive gentlemen - have to be financed out of the taxation levied by the Parliament, I agree with the expenditure incurred until it exceeds the limits of decency. I do not refer to the more than adequate salary paid to the Governor-General, to the very fine perquisites he receives, or to the palace at Canberra, all of which are justified, but I do object to the fact that official residences are provided in other capital cities for these gentry.

The PRESIDENT (Senator the Hon. P. J. Lynch). - Order! To whom is the honorable senator referring?

Senator COLLINGS - There is no need for mo to particularize.

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