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Wednesday, 8 June 1904

Mr LONSDALE (New England) - I had almost felt inclined to support the position taken up by the Postmaster-General, but after the speech of the honorable member for Darwin, I feel rather disposed to go the other way. The honorable member for Darwin asks us to be republican and democratic in our contempt of titles, and yet he has proved that the greatest Republic of all is, from end to end, full of titled people. Wherever people are called democratic or republicans, they are found to be favorable to titles.

Mr O'malley - Hear, hear; that is quite true.

Mr LONSDALE - And even the ladies of the United States are obtaining all the titles thev possibly can.

Mr O'malley - The American ladies are buying the titles of foreign roosters.

Mr LONSDALE - Then it is an exchange of titles for money.

Mr O'malley - And beauty.

Mr LONSDALE - If the honorable member for Darwin feels so strongly on this matter as he would like us to believe, he ought to do away with his name of " King," and call himself citizen O'Malley. Personally, I am entirely opposed to titles being used in any way in our civil service. I cannot . understand any man using in his civil service duties a title which he has received for duties of quite another description ; and such a practice is altogether against our feelings and desires. I am rather surprised that the right honorable member for Swan should have introduced the subject, and, though I do not always agree with the Labour Party, I am glad to do so on the present occasion- It is extremely " small " on the part of the men who desire these so-called dignities. If I were a captain or a colonel-, I should certainly discard the title in my capacity as a civil servant. Instead of indicating dignity and honour, such a use of titles indicates simply smallness of mind. I hope that the PostmasterGeneral will stand by his guns, and that we shall not have these follies introduced into our Public Service.

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