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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I rise to say very quietly to Senator Murphy that his comments were as inaccurate, as misleading and as deliberately malicious as they were intemperate. He has entirely misconceived or misrepresented the position. As I have explained, these awards and medals are issued by Royal Warrant. That at least should set Senator Cormack's mind at rest. If I have to give a specific instance, I do: The Australian Service Medal during the war was given by Royal Warrant. The awards which have recently been issued to Australian soldiers in Vietnam have been issued by Royal Warrant. There is a channel open to members of all the services in relation to recommendations for awards.

This is completely different from the situation in respect of the award in this year of a medal to commemorate the famous Anzac campaign of 50 years ago in all of the circumstances that I have attempted to describe. I regret that I can make it no plainer than I have made it. If I have not made myself understood, I am sorry. I suggest that those who did not understand what I said should read it in " Hansard " tomorrow - with the exception of Senator Murphy, whose view of anything I regard as completely contemptible.

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