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Transcript 690


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Menzies, Robert

Period of Service: 19/12/1949 to 26/01/1966

More information about Menzies, Robert on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 18/02/1963

Release Type: Speech

Transcript ID: 690

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Speech by the Prime Minister,, te Rt. Hon. Jes
Your Majesty, Your Royal Highness
It's my very great privilege as Prime Minister
your Prime Minister, Malam of Australia to offer you and
His Royal Highness a very, very warm welcome once more to this
country. I know that we had a little arrangement that speeches
should be reduced to the minimum,. a matter of , ihich T think I
might safely say Your Majesty warmly approved, but you can't
expect, really, in this place of Parliament which is the house
of speeches, and with myself and then the Deputy Prime Minister
and then the Leader of your Opposition in this country, to let
the occasion pass without saying something. But I assure you,
Ma'am, we will reduce it to a minimum.
The first thing that I want to say is to remind everybody
of something you said when you were here last, when you
referred to the fact that in the constitutional structure of
Australia Parliamentary, executive, judicial you are there.
You are, indeed the Head of this House. " Be it enacted by
the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty" and, therefore Matam,
you are among your friends, and in one sense, among your
collea gues. We, of course, are also delighted to see His Royal
Highness, Prince Phailip, who has been here a few times not
enough but a few times and who has a standing among us
which I don't need to describe because he has been conscious
of it so many ' times.
Ma'tam, there are a lot of interesting people in the
wo. Jid vho 3-lke to discuss the Monarchy. There arc clever people
in the world at least so I understand who have discovered
that all sorts of things ought -to be done to the Monarcny to
democratize the Monarchy, to do something to it, to do something
to what we all are proud to say is the most democratic Monarchy
in the whole wide world. ( Applause) We pay no attention to
that; whon we see you, we see you as our Queen, we see you as our
Sovereign Lady, we see you as -th successor of monarchs who, in
this very century, have by their own conduct and their own
standards and their ownm genius, helped t o preserve our Monarchy
in a viorld in which crowms have been tumbling and disasters have
beset mankind. And we are proud to think that so far from
abrogating any of our liberty because we are your subjects we
know that we add to our liberty because we are your subjects as
are scores and scores of millions of people around the world,
and out of all our joint allegiance to you comes an addition to
our freedom, not a subtraction from it.
Your Majesty, it is a proud thought for us to have you
here, to remiind ourselves that in thiis great structure of
Government which as evolved and of which this Parliament is one
of the fruits, you if I may Use the expression are the
living and lovely centre of our enduring allegiance. ( Applause)
Ma'am, I say one thing more and one thing only. You
today begin your journey around Australia. It is a journey you
have made before. You will be seen in the next few~ eeks by ./ 2

hundreds and thousands and, I hope, by millions of your
Australian subjects. Mothers will hold their children up
to look at you as you go by, and they themselves, and their
husbands will have a look at you as you go by. This must
be to you now something that is almost a task. All I ask
you to remember, in this country of yours, is that every man,
woman and child who even sees you with a passing glimpse as
you go by, will remember it remember it with joy, remember
it in the words of the old seventeenth-century poet who wrote
those famous words " I did but see her passing by
And yet I love her till I die"

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