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Friday, 20 June 1902

Sir WILLIAM McMILLAN (Wentworth) - I agree with the Attorney-General that, in saying good-bye to His Excellency the Governor-General, we need not dwell upon the circumstances whichhave brought about his departure. In going, he has, at any rate, the consolation that he takes with him the universal respect, and I might almost say affection, of the people of the Commonwealth. It is a pity that our first Governor-General, a man whom, if we could have made our choice from the whole of the peers of the realm, wouldhave been selected by the people of Australia for the position, should feel bound to bring his term of office to a close within eighteen months of the inauguration of the Commonwealth. This House joins with the people of all the States in the feeling of deepregretat his departure, and in the hope that he may be spared for many years to safeguard the rights and the interests of the Empire.

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