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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) .- I rise to seek clarification of clause 1 9 which I am reading in conjunction with clause 4 which relates to definitions. A service decoration has been defined as meaning any order, medal, badge, clasp, bar or other insignia. This includes the ribbon of any such order, medal, badge, clasp or other decoration and any colourable imitation, representation or miniature of any such order, medal, badge, clasp or other decoration. Lines 14 and 15 on page II of the Bill indicate that the Minister, or a person or any authority authorised in writing by the Minister to grant permits under this subsection, may grant permits in writing to specified persons to make and sell or otherwise dispose of service decorations.

I should like to know whether the practice which has existed through the years, whereby recognised tailors, who perhaps make uniforms or provide other clothing for servicemen, are permitted to provide replacement ribbons, will be allowed to continue. Some such tailors had quite a stock of practically every decoration in miniature. In fact, the miniature medal is not an official decoration but I point out that it has become a custom when attending certain functions to wear miniature decorations. Will there be any departure from the practice of permitting miniatures to be manufactured and sold? Will there be any restriction under this definition of specified persons? As ribbons are specifically mentioned in the definition, will the people to whom I have referred still be permitted to replace worn ribbons?

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