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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator PRATTEN (NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I am sorry. the Minister for Deence (Senator Pearce) has not seen fit to withdraw the clause. While I quite see the Minister's point of view, I think the majority of honorable senators favour close female relatives being allowed to wear a deceased man's decoration if they so desire. The proposal brought forward by the Minister originally was to cut out the right of any female relative to wear a deceased man's decoration; but he has since agreed to allow a mother or widow or foster-motheror step-mother to do so. There does not seem to be a very great difference between us now. If the section were allowed to stand as it appears in the existing Act, without any amendment whatever, it would read -

Nothing in this section shall prevent a female relative of the person upon whom a military decoration has been conferred from" wearing the decoration after the decease of that person.

That seems practically to* fulfil the desire of the Senate, and I am sorry that the Minister has not seen fit to leave things as they were. It would save a considerable amount of time, because further discussion of the matter will, I think, be merely splitting hairs.

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