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Wednesday, 28 April 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE - I have seen some reports in the Press to the effect that the Governor-General has asked that his departure be marked by the granting of a holiday to school children. I did not know that the granting of the holiday had been restricted to Victoria and New South Wales. If that is so, it might be a cause for further interstate warfare when it becomes general knowledge. I am sure that His Excellency the Governor General in making this suggestion had in mind only a method of showing, as a departing gesture, his goodwill to Australia and particularly to Australian children. But the question of interpretation, I suggest to the honorable senator, remains a matter for determination by the authorities concerned. I would not consider t appropriate that action should be taken for or on behalf of the Commonwealth Government to question in any way an interpretation which a State Government might place on the request made by His Excellency.

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