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Thursday, 1 December 1983
Page: 3138


Mr DONALD CAMERON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House- (1) notes that the Federal Government chose the day after the Federal Parliament rose for a 10-day adjournment, and after the Prime Minister left the country, to impose a total ban on the historic Queen's Medal which has been awarded annually to the best rifle shot in the Australian Army since 1924;

(2) notes that the Government's heavy hand was applied only a matters of hours prior to the annual competition being held;

(3) deplores this pandering to the whims of the socialist left and the use of such an historic trophy to speed up the Government's new apparent intention to sever all connections with the Monarchy and Great Britain; and

(4) calls on the Government to reinstate the Queen's Medal as the top honour for the Army's champion shot and abandon its now known plan to place a similar ban shortly on Australians being issued with the Victoria Cross for valiant service in a theatre of war, because it carries the name of a former monarch.