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Thursday, 27 November 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Leader of the Opposition) . - I endorse the remarks of the Acting Leader of the Senate (Senator Keane) as to the way in which you, Mr. President have presided over the Senate. Every honorable senator regrets that the distinguished Leader of the Senate (Senator Collings) is unable to be present, through sickness. We regret also the absence, for the same reason, of Senators Lamp and Uppill. I could not let this occasion pass without saying that the thoughts of all of us are with Senator Wilson, who is overseas with the Australian Imperial Force.

To you, Mr. President, the Opposition extends its best wishes. Every member of the Opposition appreciates the generous treatment that he has received from the stall during the year.

Having had experience ourselves in the control of departments, it is fitting that we on this side of the chamber should say to the members of the Government that we appreciate the difficult task which confronts them. We wish them health and strength and the best of luck in tackling these difficult and important problems. I trust that in the New Year the international situation will be much brighter than it is to-day.

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