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Tuesday, 29 May 1928


Mr THEODORE (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is it not a fact that in these matters His Majesty acts only upon the advice of his Ministers, and that in respect of honours for Australian citizens, His Majesty's Imperial advisors act only on the recommendation of an Australian Government ?


Mr BRUCE - The conferring of honours is entirely the prerogrative of the King. The constitutional practice which has now been established is that His Majesty acts entirely on the advice of his Ministers, but the conferring of honours is entirely within His Majesty's discretion, and he may exercise his prerogative in this regard even against the recommendation of his advisers. But, with the exception of the Victorian Order, no honours are conferred by His Majesty unless there has been a recommendation from his responsible Ministers. In this particular matter it is the Prime Minister - not the Government - that is concerned. In regard to Australian honours, His Majesty acts upon the advice of the Australian Prime Minister; in the conferring of British honours, he acts upon the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and similarly in conferring honours on the citizens of other dominions, he acts on the advice of the Prime Ministers of the dominions concerned.







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