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Tuesday, 9 May 1961

Mr MENZIES (Kooyong) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) . - Mr. Speaker, may I remind the House that to-day marks the sixtieth anniversary of the opening of the first Australian Parliament on 9th May, 1901. It is also the thirty-fourth anniversary of the opening of this Parliament building by the late King George VI., who was then Duke of York.

Over these 60 years Australia's growth and development have, I feel sure, been far beyond the vision of even the most farsighted member of the first Parliament. Equally important over that period, Sir, has been the preservation and strengthening of this Australian Parliament as a free and truly democratic institution. As members of the twenty-third Australian Parliament we are grateful to those who have gone before us, and who have contributed so much to the high standard of national service to which this Parliament is dedicated.

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