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Thursday, 11 September 1958


Sir ARTHUR FADDEN (McphersonTreasurer) (Treasurer) (12:10 PM) . - Mr. Speaker, J should be less than human if I were not profoundly affected by the sentiments expressed in the speeches that have just been delivered. This is a democracy, and as I have said more than once, all the good fellows in this Parliament are not on just one side of the House. Democracy could not work if that were so. Just as you cannot have all spin-bowlers in a cricket team, so in a democratic parliament you must have a team, representative of all phases of our way of life, and capable of expressing all thoughts and all convictions. I have always recognized that. I shall always remember my friends among you - good fellows wherever you sit. I thank Harold Holt for the sentiments expressed in his speech. It is particularly pleasing that those lovely sentiments and sincere thoughts should emanate from Harold, because, as he said, he and I came into the House together as young fellows - he much younger than I. In 1937 he moved the adoption of the Address-in-Reply to the Governor-General's Speech, and I seconded it. It will always be one of my happiest political memories, one which I shall always have with me, Harold, that 0U friendship never abated, and we never had a cross word. The confidence I had in you in the early stages has never weakened. In fact, it has been consolidated and fortified with the effluxion of time.

I should be one of the happiest men in Australia to-night, but believe me I am not. The courage that I had when I decided to get out of politics has dissipated like icecream in the sun, as the days have gone on. To-night I am very sad to leave this place. Parliament is very important. It is the real basis of our existence, from whichever angle you like to look at it. We have our different views, our different convictions. our different policies and our different objectives. If we did not have them, God help democracy! But we play the game under the Marquess of Queensberry rules. We can have our battles here, just as we can have our battles in the boxing ring, and still observe the rules. We have to recognize each other's point of view, and the point of view of the people whom we represent. Each of us, I suppose, represents at least 40,000 people, and we are the representatives of their thoughts and their point of view.

I do not want to make a long speech. Generally no notice is taken of me when I do. I have always found that the fellow who talks the least stays here the longest. I hope that I go out of this place without an enemy. As far as I am concerned, anyhow, that is so. I hold no personal grudge or bitterness against anybody.

My party has been most loyal to me. Its members have tolerated me, followed me, and had confidence in me. The loyalty I have enjoyed has come not only from the Australian Country party. It has come also from the Liberal party, with which we have formed a composite government. I do not suppose that any man has ever been more endowed by Providence with friends so tolerant and understanding. I always think that the best word in the Australian language is " mate ". As long as Australians adopt the principle of mateship as expounded by Henry Lawson, we shall all stick together and face any difficulties that confront us. We may be divided on policies, but in the ultimate we are united in the general objective of Australianism and the personification of matehood

If I spoke for a week, I could not adequately express my innermost feelings, and anyhow you would not stay here for a week to hear me. I thank you, Harold, particularly, for it was you who began these speeches. I thank you, Robbie, and you, Dr. Evatt, for the characteristic kindness and tolerance that you have always extended to me. I thank you. Bruce, and each and every other one of you.

I was particularly pleased to hear the references made to my wife. There is only one woman in the world who would put up with me, and I got her. We are all great blokes, and we can all throw our chests out, but the driving force - even if it is only a nagging :one- -comes from a good wife. I am reminded of the story of two fellows, one of whom asked the other, " Bill, have you seen my old woman? " Bill said, " I think 1 did once, Jack ". Jack said, " You know, she is one in a million ", whereupon Bill replied, " I thought she was won in a raffle ". I am also reminded of the story of the man who said to another, " 1 shall never forget the day I got married. I got a hell of a fright ", whereupon his friend said, " Yes, I see you have still got her ".

Be that as it may. Of course, 1 am going to miss this place. When I made the announcement that I was retiring, a friend of mine, a justice, asked me, " What's all this nonsense Artie, about your getting out of Parliament? " I said, " There's no nonsense about it, I am getting out ". He said, " What are you going to do? You wont be able to carry on. You'll miss it all." I -replied, " Yes, and the fellow you sentenced to ten years in Boggo Road gaol will miss that place when he gets out! "

Leaving this place is not :going to be easy, it .-is a great social leveller. It is a great .factory of .fraternity. I repeat that all the good blokes are not just on one side. I thank you all very -sincerely, particularly 'for the references that you have made to my good -wife, because whatever little -success I .have achieved would .not have been ^.possible but for the tolerance shown ito me by my wife and the sacrifices made -by my family.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House, adjourned at 12.20 a.m. (Friday).







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