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Wednesday, 2 July 1941

Senator CRAWFORD (Queensland) . - On the 30th June last, I completed 24 years of service in the Senate. I have reason to believe that for eighteen of those years every (member of this Parliament was my personal friend, and that there existed between me and each member a friendship which I appreciated and heartily reciprocated without exception. However, for the last six years, a certain member of the Senate has maintained an attitude of hostility towards me; and it is upon that matter that I now, reluctantly, find myself obliged to speak. The first evidence of this development occurred in connexion with the preselection of a candidate from among Government supporters for the presidency of the Senate. On the following clay, the 24th September, 1935, the follow ing report appeared in the Melbourne Age : -

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