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Wednesday, 11 May 1921

Senator FOSTER (Tasmania) . - This clause needs serious consideration because during the war period a number of colourable imitations of badges which were worn at that time were objected to. These badges had a certain sentimental value in the eyes of a great number of people who possessed them, and I cannot see how anything serious is likely to result if they are allowed to remain in use. Honorable senators will doubtless remember that there were thousands, or, perhaps, hundreds of thousands, of miniature badges representing the rising sun which was the distinctive badge of the Australian Imperial Force, and many of these were made into brooches and other forms of jewellery.

Senator Pearce - It is not intended to cover those.

Senator FOSTER - It appears to me that they will be covered,

Senator Cox - The article mentioned by the honorable senator is not a colourable imitation.

Senator FOSTER - I think it is.

Senator Pearce - If it is in the form of a brooch it is not a badge.

Senator FOSTER - At any rate, during the war period several jewellers were informed that they had no right to sell rising-sun brooches or distinctive badges bearing a regimental number.

Senator Pearce - But that was repealed.

Senator FOSTER - I think this will be the means of re-enacting it.

Senator Bolton - I have seen women wearing a small gold rifle as an article of jewellery. Would not that be allowed ?

Senator FOSTER - Not if it was the distinctive badge of some particular regiment. I believe the 13th Regiment has a small imitation of his Satanic majesty as its badge. These men became known as " The Devil's Own." So any emblem of that nature would be a colourable imitation of a regimental badge. I want to be quite sure that no undue harshness will be inflicted upon innocent people by the operation of this clause.

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