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Tuesday, 5 September 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I desire, by concurrence of the Senate, to submit a motion, without notice. I beg to move -

That an humble address of congratulation be presented to His Majesty the King as follows : -


We, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia in Parliament assembled, beg leave to approach Your Majesty and offer our respectful congratulations on the occasion of the Coronation of Your Majesty and your gracious Consort.

We desire also to convey an assurance of our loyal attachment to your Throne and person, and of our sincere hope that Your Majesty's reign will be distinguished, under the blessing of Providence, by watchful care to maintain the laws of the Empire and promote the happiness and liberty of your subjects.

Senator MILLEN(New South Wales)

I2-S3]- - I beg to second the motion which has just been submitted by the VicePresident of the Executive Council. In so doing, I may direct attention to two points which occur to me in reference to the important occasion of which we are now proposing to take official notice by a resolution of the Senate. The first point is this. This motion appeals, I am sure, to the members of the Senate - as I believe it would appeal to the citizens of this country outside if submitted to them - not merely as sounding a note of congratulation to the distinguished personage who has been called to the throne the Empire, but as a noti fication to the world at large that Australia recognises that she is not only an integral portion of the Empire, but intends so to remain. Further, I desire to observe that we may pass this motion - as I am sure we shall do - with additional pleasure from the reason that, for the first time of our history, we have now called to the throne a Sovereign who is personally known to many of us, and who has personally made himself acquainted with Australia. T am sure that I shall have honorable senators with me when I venture to express the hope that circumstances will be so fortunate to us - and I may add so favorable to His Majesty - that he may again be -afforded an opportunity to visit this country. If he should see an opportunity of so doing, I venture to say that there is no portion of the Empire in which he will be more cordially welcomed than in this Commonwealth of ours.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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