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Friday, 13 November 1964


Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia Minister for Defence) (Minister for Defence) - by leave - Mr. Deputy President, I should like to draw your attention and the attention of the Senate to the fact that yesterday Sir John McLeay, Speaker of the House of Representatives, equalled the longest term of service for a Speaker. Sir John today establishes a new record term of office as Speaker. He was elected to the position of Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives on 29th August 19S6 and his period of service of eight years and 76 days yesterday equalled the record term of Sir Frederick Holder, who was the first Speaker of the House of Representatives and who held office from May 1901 until July 1909. I am sure that 1 speak for all honorable senators when I express my congratulations to Sir John, and 1 am sure it would be the desire of the Senate, Mr. Deputy President, that you convey to him the best wishes of this House.







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