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Wednesday, 13 May 1942


Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) .- Twice by questions without notice and once on the motion for the adjournment of the House, I asked the Minister forthe Army (Mr. Forde) to announce the decision of the Government regarding the right, of certain troops to wear the grey colour patch, which is the distinguishing mark of the Australian Imperial Force. I informed the Minister that members of an artillery unit in Queensland, who had enlisted for service in Australia and abroad, had been ordered to remove from their tunics the colour patch of the Australian Imperial Force. That these men remained in Australia was not their choice. They wished to be despatched overseas, but considerations of defence demanded their retention in Australia. The Minister for the Army had informed rne previously that last weekend he would discuss with General Sir Thomas Blarney, General Officer Commanding the Allied Land Forces in the South Pacific area, the advisability of permitting these men to wear the colour patch of the Australian Imperial Force. As the troops affected were greatly disturbed by the order, I ask the Minister whether he hasyet reached a decision. If he has not, I urge him to expedite his consideration of the case, and permit these particular men to wear the distinguishing colour patch.







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