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Friday, 15 June 1906

Mr DEAKIN (Ballarat) (Minister of External Affairs) . - In moving -

That the House do now adjourn,

I desire to read a cablegram just received by the Governor-General from the ActingPremier of New Zealand, through the Governor of that Colon) -

From His Excellency the Governor of New Zealand to His Excellency the GovernorGeneral.

Am desired by my Government to inform you that your Excellency's message has been communicated to them and people of New Zealand. On their behalf 1 have to thank your lordship, people of Australia, Parliament and Ministers of the Commonwealth, for their generous and sympathetic appreciation of the work and character of our late Prime Minister. His death whilst engaged in projects for further benefit and welfare of Australasia is peculiarly sad, but it is consoling to reflect that he died as he had lived, in the service of the people who loved and trusted him. As he himself said, he would rather wear than rust out. Sorrow that has been manifested throughout Empire is tribute to his striking personality and to his Imperial ideas, which have made his name wherever the British language is spoken. Sympathy of our nearest neighbours, the people of great Australian Commonwealth, is intensely appreciated by all New Zealanders, ' and is only another proof of good feeling and warm regard which the people on both sides of Tasman Sea have for one another.

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