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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - The purpose of this clause in omitting the words " any war " is to apply the term " returned soldier " to a soldier who served in any war and not merely in the recent war. There are, of course, decorations given for other wars, such as the South African and the Egyptian wars, and the alterations proposed by clause 27 will include decorations of those wars. The clause will apply to any person who falsely represents himself as being entitled to wear a decoration of those wars.

Senator Elliott - What is the necessity for the omission of the words, " any war "?

Senator PEARCE - I have explained that. The new definition will apply the term " returned soldier " to soldiers who saw service in any war. At present the definition of "war," honorable senators will find, means the war between His Majesty the King and the German Emperor, which commenced on the 4th August, 1914. The proposal is to include in the. definition any war in which His Majesty is or has been engaged.

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