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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia [8.7].) (I have very much pleasure, Mr. Deputy President, in associating honorable senators sitting on your left with the motion that has been moved by the Leader of the Government in the SenateSenator Pearce) in connexion with our occupancy of these buildings. It would have been most discourteous on our part had we vacated them without in some way placing on record our very grateful appreciation, and our thanks to the Parliament, the Government, and the people of Victoria for having made available to the Commonwealth Parliament these palatial buildings at a time when it was houseless and homeless. Without any condition other than that they were to be handed back in good order and repair, Victoria placed these buildings at the disposal of the Commonwealth. In such circumstances, it is only fitting that we should record our thanks for its most generous gift. We leave this place with mingled feelings of pleasure and regret - pleasure at the recollection of having enjoyed the hospitality of the Parliament and the people of Victoria; regret that our association with them, for the time being, will be severed. We shall carry with us the historical associations of these buildings. They have echoed not only the voices and sentiments of the men who were primarily responsible for the federation of the six States, butalso the voices of those who preceded them, and within these buildings laid the foundation of Victoria's present prosperity. Every honorable senator on this side of the chamber heartily appreciates the generosity and hospitality of the

Parliament of Victoria. During the quarter of a century that the Commonwealth Parliament has had the use of these buildings history has been made. When we first entered them the Commonwealth was a nation in its swaddling clothes. Since then it has passed from childhood to youth, and from youth to lusty manhood, until to-day it is in the full noon of its nationhood. We leave these buildings for our own home in our own place. In the nation's own Parliament House history will continue to be made. I hope - and I know that my hope is echoed by every member of this Parliament - that the progress which this young nation has made in the 26 years during which its Parliament has met in these buildings will continue after we gather in our new home. I heartily support the motion.

Question resolved in theaffirmative.

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