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Wednesday, 6 February 1929

Mr BRUCE (Flinders) (Prime Minister and Minister for External Affairs) . - Subsequent to the dissolution of the last Parliament, the people of Australia learned with much concern of the serious illness of His Majesty the King. Throughout the Empire and, indeed, the world, his condition evoked the deepest sympathy and anxiety, and was for many weeks so serious that his life was almost despaired of. I think, therefore, that on this the first day of the meeting of a new Parliament, it will be the wish of every honorable member to express, on behalf of the people of Australia, our sympathy with His Majesty and with Her Majesty the Queen and the members of the Royal Family; our sincere gratification at the improvement which has been noted in the condition of His Majesty during the last few weeks, and our profound hope, as loyal citizens of the Empire, that he may be fully restored to health in the near future. I therefore move -

That we, the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, avail ourselves of this earliest opportunity to express our deep sympathy with His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen and the members of the Royal Family in the illness of His Majesty.

We are much gratified by the improvement which has already taken place in His Majesty's state of health, and fervently hope that a complete recovery may speedily be effected.

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