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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) . - I rise to endorse Senator Hardy's remarks. I recollect an important speech delivered by the Leader of the Senate (Senator Pearce) last year on this subject, and I appreciate the evidence of the improvement which has already taken place in the Department of External Affairs. Praise for the Current Notes on international affairs has been conveyed to me from several quarters in South Australia. I should like the Leader of the Senate to give us an assurance that this department will not he stinted of funds ; because it is the earnest desire of all honorable senators that its work, which will be more important in the future than it has been in the past, shall be continued and extended. On important occasions such as the approaching coronation it would be fitting that senior officers of the Department of External Affairs should be considered for a trip to London in order to obtain desirable experience in the British Foreign Office. If the Minister will give me that assurance, I shall not elaborate upon this point. I congratulate him and the department on its excellent work.

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