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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Dr EVATT (Hunter) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - -First of all, lt want to support the remarks of the Prime Minister (Mr. Menzies) concerning the present Governor-General. He has had a very distinguished term of office and all honorable members will be pleased that a suitable opportunity will be taken by the Parliament to express its feelings to him.

With regard to the distinguished gentleman who is to succeed him I want to say only two things: First of all, it is well known to the House and to the country that the policy of the Australian Labour movement is to appoint Australians to this great post. I do not wish to debate the matter, but I do not think the House would have me speak about it without saying that.

Secondly - and subject to that comment - I agree with the Prime Minister's reference to the new appointee who has had a very distinguished career indeed as Speaker' of the House of Commons and who is a man of great distinction.

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