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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator GARDINER (New South ^ Wales) .- On Friday last I gave notice of an amendment, and as I believe this is the place in which it should be inserted, I move -

That nothing in this Act shall prevent a military medal or decoration being worn on a watch-chain or as a brooch or pendant.

I do not wish to detain the Committee by entering into a lengthy discussion, and have merely moved this amendment in the interests of persons who are desirous of wearing a military decoration in the manner set out in the amendment, provided, of course, that such persons do not claim to be those on whom the decoration was originally conferred. I cannot see that there is any difference between exhibiting trophies won by brave men., and displaying medals won by individuals. The principle is the same, and the only difference is that trophies are exhibited in school grounds or public parks, and medals are displayed by people who cherish the names of those who won them. Knowing the feeling of the military authorities, and the possibility of misunderstanding arising, I quite realize that there must be a strong hand to prevent impersonation, but I do not think such a contingencywould arise in this instance.

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