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Wednesday, 20 December 1905

Senator Lt Col GOULD (New South Wales) - On behalf of the honorable senators who usually sit on the Opposition side of the Chamber, I desire to say that we heartily reciprocate the kind wishes expressed by the leader of the Government. I should like to add an expression of my appreciation of the manner in which we have been treated by you, Mr. President, and by the Chairman of Committees, in the conduct of debates, and to place on record our acknowledgment to the clerks, to the Hansard reporters, and to the whole staff connected with this building, for the efforts which they have made to assist us. We have had many battles to fight in this Chamber, and although they have been strenuous, they have left no trace of bitterness in the minds of any one of us, so that we can honestly and cordially wish each other success and prosperity. I hope that, when we meet again, we shall all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

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