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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator CORMACK (Victoria) .- I enter the debate with an enormous amount of diffidence. Matters dealing with common law have been discussed by Senator Wright and Senator Cohen who are distinguished lawyers. But I intervene to make an observation. 1 consider that the bestowal of honours by the Crown is something which is outside and beyond the normal and usual pattern of the traffic in goods. I am of the fundamental opinion that awards and decorations, which are the peculiar province of the Crown - in this case, Her Majesty the Queen - must be protected to the absolute limit which Parliament is willing to concede.

Based on my own personal experience in war and in post-war circumstances, as were mentioned by Senator Paltridge, I consider that there has existed a vast area where the honours and awards have been prostituted by the sheer refusal of elements inside the community to acknowledge that this is in fact the case. The clause to me is perfectly clear. If an agent or a servant of a merchant or a shopkeeper disposes of an award, which is peculiarly Her Majesty's award, it should properly be no defence for the proprietor to say that it was done without his knowledge.

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