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Friday, 6 October 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - It is obviously impossible to accept the amendment, because we have already passed a clause which imposes a penalty upon any person who pledges a naval or military decoration. That being so, surely the person who receives .such a decoration should be equally liable. I wish also to say that the threat made by Senator Rae is rather unworthy of him. I have not attempted to bludgeon the Bill through in any way, and I do not think he is treating me fairly when he says that, unless the amendment be agreed to, he will " stone- wall " the Bill until 4 o'clock in the hope that it will never be heard of again. I am entitled to respectful treatment from the honorable senator, and, even if his threat were made in jest, it will not so appear in Hansard.

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