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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr FAIRHALL (PATERSON, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Defence) - The Government has spent a good deal of time dealing with the suggestions that have been made to recognise the Anzacs, Approach has been made to the Commonwealth Relations Office to investigate the possibility of having a medal struck under Royal Warrant. This has been found to be impracticable largely because of the lapse of time since Gallipoli and, secondly, because it would tend to be unfair to the other military groups from Commonwealth countries which were involved with Australian and New Zealand forces in that campaign. However, the Government has decided that it would like to see Gallipoli recognised in some Australian way. lt now proposes that there should be developed a medallion of suitable proportion and per haps from that a miniature version struck for a lapel badge. The work of designing this medallion has been placed with a well known Australian sculptor. Solid drafts of the medallion are in the hand and are being assessed by the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board. I think that fairly soon we will be able to make some practical headway. Unfortunately, the medallion will not be available for the coming Anzac Day but I would hope that it would appear shortly after.

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