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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) - I shall not take up too much of the Committee's time. I rise to remind honorable senators that we are dealing with honours and awards - cherished, precious and prized - that are given for long and honorable service or distinguished bravery. They are prized not only by those who obtain them by Her Majesty's warrant but also by a curious element in the community that endeavours to obtain them illegally. The value of the awards must be protected. Although I am not extremely fond of the process that is provided for in the proposed sub-section, I believe that an onus should be cast upon a person who procures ribbons and decorations for sale on behalf of Her Majesty to take precautions to prevent unbalanced, neurotic elements in the community from obtaining such awards or decorations and flaunting them in the public view. In essence, this provision is designed to protect the value of honours and awards that are given to members of the armed forces. In those circumstances, I feel constrained to accept it.

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