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Thursday, 26 November 1936

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I compliment the officers of the Department of External Affairs upon their despatch and ability in producing the Current Notes on international affairs. I also commend the leading officials of the department for the tact, ability and diplomacy which they have exhibited. I take this congratulate the Minister for External Affairs (Senator Pearce) for the diplomatic manner in which he has managed the department, especially in view of the fact that Europe recently passed through a crisis in which Australia was directly concerned. In my opinion, he has shown himself a diplomat. Apparently the right honorable gentleman in framing his policy, has been advised by Australians, and I hope that this department will continue to be administered by Australians, and that our diplomatic service will be of advantage to us. I would again, like to refer to the fact that the department has been administered by Senator Pearce, who has revealed in his parliamentary life that he is not only a diplomat, but also an Empire parliamentarian. Some day he may be called a statesman.

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