Database House Hansard
Date 26-11-1941
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 16
Electorate Fremantle
Party ALP
Speaker CURTIN, John
System Id hansard80/hansardr80/1941-11-26/0261


Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - I move -

That the House do now adjourn.

I take this opportunity, Mr. Speaker, to express the wish, on behalf of honorable members generally, that the recess will be pleasant to you. I also offer to you our thanks for the manner in which you have presided over our deliberations. To the Chairman and Temporary Chairmen of Committees we are deeply indebted for the work they have done. I feel a special obligation to the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Fadden) and, indeed, to the leaders of the Opposition parties, for the great help they have given to me as a novice in my office as leader of the House. The Leader of the Opposition has not only been considerate to me; I should like it to be understood that I regard his attitude towards me as one of complete generosity. We are also very much indebted to the Whips, particularly the Government Whips, who have not lost a division in this chamber. To the Opposition Whips 1 also offer the thanks of my colleagues because they have played the game fairly by invariably seeing to it that their own side registered a few votes less than ours. To the officers of the House, particularly the Clerk and the Clerk Assistant, this Government, and, I have no doubt, previous governments, are greatly indebted for the aid they have given to Ministers in this chamber. The Parliamentary Draftsman has had a great deal to do, and I also express our thanks to him. Whether I have been on this side or the other side of the House I have always expressed our deep obligation to members of the Hansard staff for the way in which they do their work. The members of the Parliamentary Library and the Parliamentary Refreshment Room staffs have also served us with the diligence that has always been characteristic of their work in the past.

As this session has been devoted predominantly to financial matters, the House will not mind my paying a special tribute to the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley) for the way in which he has handled his very important and complicated work.

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear!

Mr CURTIN - I realize, of course, that the very great labour falling to the Treasurer would have been too great a task for one man. He had the able assistance of the Minister for Homo Security (Mr. Lazzarini).

Honorable Members. - Hear, hear!

Mr CURTIN - I should like the country to know that. I feel greatly indebted to the right honorable member for Yarra (Mr. Scullin) for the work he has done during this session. I do not desire to make invidious distinctions, but it is obvious to the House that in respect of the important financial measures we have considered, the Treasurer, the Assistant Treasurer and the right honorable member for Yarra constituted a team that has rendered great service to not only the Government but also the country. I thank them for that work. To members generally, I offer my compliments. I sincerely hope that the recess will enable them to visit their constituents, renew acquaintances, and also gain some refreshment of spirit as the result of relief from parliamentary duties. But more than anything else I hope that before the House meets again the course of the war will have turned most definitely in our favour, aud that the cause for which we stand, will be in sight for earlier vindication as the result of victory than is at present indicated. We have no sense now of defeatism. The spirit of victory pulses strongly through all the democratic countries, and is as vibrant in the Commonwealth as it is in any other part of the Empire, because the issues that are at stake have appealed to the men and women of this country from the day that the conflict commenced. They will remain clearly before our eyes until the war is ended; and it will not be ended until the cause of free men and free women is recognized the world over.

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