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Tuesday, 20 October 1964

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) -I desire to ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate several questions dealing with a matter in which my Party is not keenly interested-

Senator Paltridge - In which your Party is not interested?

Senator BROWN - My Party is not interested in the giving out of honours and awards because we do not believe in them. But the people of Australia are interested in this matter and, having lived here now for 50 years, I ask, as a good Australian, the following questions - Is it true that the Prime Minister has the sole prerogative of recommending persons to be honoured by the Queen? Is it not time that this archaic system was ended? Should there not be an Australian honour? This, for instance, could be called the Southern Cross award, or something like that. Should not a committee of prominent Australian people be set up to deal with this matter of honours?

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