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Tuesday, 1 July 1941

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandLeader of the Opposition) . - Mr. President, it has been a distinct privilege for inn, as Leader of the Opposition, to escort you to the Chair. I am confident that you will get full support from every honorable senator in maintaining the honour and dignity of the high office to which you have been called. I think that the Leader of the Senate (Senator McLeay) was slightly ill-advised to make the remarks that he did make regarding absentee- senators, because he knows that it is not possible for the Opposition to give pairs in a ballot of the kind which has just been taken. The voting, therefore, has been carried out strictly in accordance with the Standing Orders. That is all I desire to say at this stage: except to add that we expect that honorable senators on the Government side will be as loyal to the gentleman who has been elected President, as we on this side have always been to his predecessors in that high office.

SenatorE. B. JOHNSTON (Western Australia) [3.3GJ. - As a fellow Western Australian, Mr. President, and also as one who sat with you in the Legislative Assembly of that 'State for some years, and who was a member of that Parliament while you were a member of the Upper .House of that legislature, I should like to add my congratulations to you upon the good fortune -which resulted in your election.

Senator Armstrong - But the honorable senator did not vote for Senator Cunningham.

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