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Wednesday, 6 May 1942


Senator ALLAN MacDONALD (Western Australia) . - I join with the

Postmaster-General (Senator Ashley) and the Leader of the Opposition (Senator McLeay) in congratulating theGovernment upon having secured the services of Sir Owen Dixon for the important post of representative of Australia in the United States of America. We all know that he has had a brilliant legal career, and is well suited for the important po'st to which he has been appointed at Washington. It is indeed pleasing to know that his service abroad will count as service for the purpose of his pension as a member of the High Court Bench, and all doubt on the matter is to be removed by the passage of this bill. It seems to me that the Government should have congratulated the Right Honorable R. G. Casey, our retiring representative at Washington. This opportunity should have been seized by the Government to commend Mr. Casey upon the valuable services rendered by him to the Commonwealth, and upon the fact that he has been elevated to a very high position as a member .of the British Cabinet. It falls to the lot of few Australians to gain such a distinction, and, although Mr. Casey is no longer associated with Commonwealth administration, 1 feel sure that he will remain a good Australian and will continue to represent the Commonwealth overseas. It is not possible for him to forget his native country, as I believe he represents about the third or fourth generation of his family in this country. He is to be congratulated upon the great work he did for Australia.







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