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Tuesday, 20 October 1964

Senator PALTRIDGE - I understand from the honorable senator's question that while his Party is not interested in the conferring of royal honours and awards, it may be interested in the making of what may be described as an Australian award by a Prime Minister.

Senator Brown - On real merit.

Senator PALTRIDGE - The practice which has been adhered to over the years is the practice which I believe commends itself to the vast majority of the Australian people who regard highly the Queen of England as the Queen of Australia by enactment of this Parliament and by affection. Respecting Her Majesty in this way, the people regard the awards which are granted as being made by Her Majesty.

Senator Brown - That is not my point. My point is that the Prime Minister has the sole right to recommend persons for honours and awards.

Senator PALTRIDGE - I shall endeavour to answer that point to the best of my ability if 1 am permitted to do so. I have a note of your question.

Senator Brown - I apologise.

Senator PALTRIDGE - I understand that the practice in the past has been for the Prime Ministers of all Commonwealth countries to make recommendations for awards. In Australia Prime Ministers have acted on the advice of the Premiers of the States in some cases or have taken the initiative themselves on the advice of other people when it has been appropriate that such advice should be sought.

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