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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaVicePresident of the Executive Council) (by leave).- I move -

That the Parliament of the Commonwealth expresses to the Parliament, the Government, and the people of Victoria, its grateful thanks for their generous hospitality in placing the Parliament House of the State of Victoria at the disposal of the Parliament of the Commonwealth .

It is fitting that the Federal Parliament, before leaving Melbourne, should express to the Government, the Parliament, and the people of Victoria, its appreciation of their hospitality in granting to it the use of these magnificent buildings during the last 26 years. The Commonwealth has been treated generously by the Parliament of Victoria, and the relations between the two legislatures have, on the whole, been of a most cordial character. I believe that I speak for every honorable senator when I say that we deeply appreciate the public spirit that prompted the offer of these buildings to the Parliament of the Commonwealth at the inception of federation, and the maintenance of that spirit in granting us their continuous use ever since. The Government desires to make some recognition of the action of the State of Victoria. It, therefore, proposes to ask Parliament to vote the sum of £50,000 to be spent on these buildings in such a way as to constitute a permanent memorial of the fact that for the first quarter of a century in the - history of the Commonwealth, the national Parliament met in them. It is also proposed, with the consent of the Government and the Parliament of Victoria, to place in a suitable position in the buildings a tablet on which will be recorded that important historial fact. We feel that before we leave this city, which for over 26 years has been the temporary seat of the Commonwealth Government, we should invite the members of the Parliament of Victoria to meet us so that we may have the opportunity to convey to them, and thus to the people of Victoria, our appreciation of Victoria's treatment of the Federal Parliament. To that end it is proposed to hold a banquet in Queen's Hall, to which the members of the Victorian Parliament will be invited. There is no need for me to say more. 1 feel sure that the motion will receive the unanimous support of honorable senators, and that it will be accepted by the Parliament, the Government and the people of Victoria as a genuine expression of our appreciation of the spirit in which their generous offer was made, and in which we have accepted their hospitality during the first quarter of a century of this nation's history.

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