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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Sir EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Will the Minister for the Army give consideration to the strikingof a special defence medal and a campaign star for those members of the Australian Imperial Force who, through no fault of their own, were prevented from serving overseas, and so were debarred from participating in the general distribution of medals throughout the Empire? Thefirst class to which I refer is composed of those who joined the 1st Armoured Division, immediately after it was formed at the beginning of the war, and who several times were on the point of departure, but, owing to the character of the warfare being waged,were not sent overseas. Others who are entitled to special consideration are those who served overseas, but for a lesser period than the number of days necessary to enable them to qualify for the Campaign Star.I know it is not practicable to issue an empire medal, but many of these men were absent from their homes for six years, and as they were available for service in any theatre of war they should have some recognition.

Mr FORDE - Sympathetic consideration will be given to the suggestionof the right honorable member. As soon as I can obtain the information which he desires it will be supplied to him.

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