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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator GIVENS (Queensland) . - As a matter of abstract opinion I do not approve of the Commonwealth sending a large parliamentary delegation to the Old Country, but I am confronted with the fact that an invitation was issued by the Government of Great Britain to the Commonwealth Parliament to be represented at the Coronation celebrations, and the Government, rightly or wrongly, had accepted the invitation. They had no right to accept the invitation on behalf of the Parliament unless they were prepared to pay the fares of members to and from Great Britain. I should like to say that from the time the matter was first mooted until to-day, I have never entertained the idea of going to the Old Country, or taking part in the proposed delegation. If I visit Great Britain, I should like to do so at a quiet time, and entirely at my own expense. I do not think I would enjoy a series of Imperial pageants.

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