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Friday, 6 October 1911

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I would suggest to honorable senators that it may be desirable on this clause to take a vote as to whether we shall maintain the Bill in its present form, or limit it to the question of the illegal wearing of naval and military decorations. U we strike out clauses 3 and 4 of the Bill, and retain clause 5, the measure will impost a prohibition upon the unlawful use of these decorations.

Senator Givens - If a man has legally purchased a medal, why should he not wear it?

Senator MILLEN - Because it is a certificate that the wearer has done something which entitles him to wear it. If I were a mere collector, there is no reason why I should not include it in my collection ; but there is a reason why I should not pin it on my breast and parade the streets to excite the wild admiration of Senator Givens. If I did that I should be committing a fraud. 1 ask honorable senators to agree with me and take a division on this and the next clause, in order that they may be negatived.

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