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Wednesday, 3 December 1930

Senator BARNES - I ask leave to make a statement- in regard to the matter.

Leave . granted.

Senator BARNES - I have to announce for the information of honorable senators that the Acting Prime Minister has this day received from the Right Honorable the Prime Minister (Mr. Scullin), a cablegram intimating that His Majesty the King has been pleased to appoint the Right Honorable Sir Isaac Alfred Isaacs, K.C.M.G., Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, in succession to His Excellency Lord Stonehaven.

As the commission appointing Sir Isaac Isaacs has not yet arrived from His Majesty the King, I am not in a position, at present, to indicate definitely the date on which he will assume office, but I anticipate that it will be about the middle of next month.

I.   am gratified, and I believe that the people of Australia are, that at last we have one of our most distinguished citizens appointed to the very high and honorable post of Governor-General. The' career of Sir Isaac Isaacs is familiar to all honorable senators. He has held with great distinction the highest positions in the gift of the people of Australia, and I feel sure that he will add lustre to this new appointment, notwithstanding that he follows in the footsteps of other great men.

Senator Lynch - What is the term of his appointment?

Senator BARNES - I am not conversant with the terms, but I feel sure that his appointment will please 95 per cent, of the people of Australia. Sir Isaac Isaacs is, and has always been, a loyal citizen of Australia and of the British Empire. He has done his best to facilitate the progress of this country. As a member of the judiciary, he has balanced the" scales of justice as- truly as it is possible for any human being to do, and I believe that there will be no regret on the part of any citizen of Australia, regarding the conferring of this distinction upon him.

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