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Friday, 9 October 1936

Senator BRAND (VICTORIA) - I ask the Leader of the Senate, if the' Government will consider the desirabilty of attaching to the proposed contingent of 150 returned soldiers, who are to attend the coronation, the 31st Battalion (Cairns) band, the champion " A " grade baud of Australasia, all the members of which are militia men ?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - Numerous suggestions that members of various organizations, including bands, should be permitted to attend' the coronation, have been referred to a subcommittee of Cabinet. I do not know whether representations have been made on behalf of the band mentioned by the honorable senator, but if so they will have been referred to the sub-committee and full consideration given to them. The Government decided that the line would have to be drawn somewhere, and consequently it has been unable to accede to all the requests made, many of which are of great merit. When further particulars are received from overseas, a statement will be made by the Prime Minister as to the exact nature of the delegation to be sent.

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