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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator DUNCAN (New South Wales) . - I quite agree with the Minister. We should be very jealous with respect to the honours won by our soldiers. 1 would object to any extension of the privilege further than to the mother or widow. It may be asked, " Why should not the sister be permitted to wear it?" The phrase " female relative " is altogether too wide. It permits the wearing of a soldier's decoration by a connexion who may not have been friendly to the soldier prior to his departure for the war, or who may have opposed or been indifferent to his enlistment. We should be extremely careful not to cheapen a military decoration. I had thought, at one stage, that a father might be permitted to wear his son's medal; but I perceive that that would not be fair to many old soldiers who value above all else their medals and ribbons, bespeaking, as they do, honorable service in earlier campaigns.

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