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Wednesday, 2 March 1904

Mr REID (East Sydney) - I have great pleasure in seconding the motion. I am gratified to be able to say that the Speaker in the first Federal Parliament was successful in earning the entire confidence and approval of honorable members belonging to all political parties. I may, perhaps, be permitted to add that in the midst of the congratulations which I shall presently offer to the Speaker on his re-election there will be a certain tinge of regret, because I feel that the distinguished capacity for public affairs of the honorable member who is the subJect of the present motion, is such that his removal from the arena of active politics will be a great loss to the people of Australia. Whilst, however, I feel that sensation of regret in the midst Of our unanimity of praise and congratulation, I wish also to say that honorable members on this side of the House view, with great pleasure and satisfaction, the confidence which the second Federal Parliament is now showing in the Speaker of the first Federal Parliament.

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