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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr FAIRHALL - The honorable gentleman is getting the matter a little confused. I did point out that the time which had elapsed since Gallipoli was one of the factors that militated against the issue of a Gallipoli medal under Royal Warrant. The honorable member asks whether the issue of medals by other countries would be un fair to Australians who participated in the Gallipoli campaign. I should point out that Australia has always subscribed to the British system of medals and awards. It is thought that if we depart too far from that system we will simply down grade the value of British awards. For all of these reasons it has been decided that Australia would move suitably to commemorate Anzac but not in the form of a medal, which would be difficult to arrange under Royal Warrant.

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