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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I agree with the Minister's amendment. I would prefer to see the provisions narrowed rather than widened, because of the sentiment attached to these decorations. But I have in mind the case of a young woman who made a home for destitute children and reared two little lads, who, . when they were grown up, went to the war. If one of those boys had gained some military distinction and unfortunately had lost his life, the present provisions with regard to military decorations would not meet the case of that woman.

Senator Pearce - There is, in the Australian Soldiers Repatriation Act, a definition of the word " mother," and that would bo applied in the case mentioned by the honorable senator. Senator' SENIOR. - I was diffident about mentioning this particular case at all, because I do not want to widen the provision unnecessarily. I would prefer that the possession of any of these decorations should be regarded as a symbol of courage and distinguished service. Things that are precious are usually the things that are rare. These decorations are very precious to the mother or widow of a soldier.

Senator Gardiner - Or the sister.

Senator SENIOR - No doubt; but there is a great .deal of difference between a sister's and a mother's love.

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