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Wednesday, 11 March 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - On behalf of the Country party, I support the motion. The Empire and the Commonwealth have sustained a great loss through the passing of our esteemed ex-Governor-General, Lord Forster. Upon his appointment, Australians generally recognized that in him we had not only a distinguished statesman, but also a great sportsman. It is interesting to recall that he was a member of the English elevenwhich, met the Australian cricketers in their tour of 1893. While he was in Australia he made our interests his interests, and our people were his people. We mightwell sum up his character by repeating the words which he uttered on his introduction to us. On that occasion he remarked -

I am a tremendous believer in the British Empire, and in any influences calculated to consolidate the Empire and draw the Dominions closer together.

After a very successful term of office, Lord Forster's parting words were -

I hold a firm belief in the future greatness of this land of sunshine. With sad and grateful hearts we bid you farewell.

During all the years which he spent in England afterwards, Australia had in him a permanent ambassador, and a champion of its interests.

Question resolved in the affirmative, honorable senators standing in their places.

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