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Thursday, 7 June 1928


Mr COLEMAN - I ask the Prime Minister if, when Australian citizens are concerned, the Australian Government is consulted before such honours are conferred? I submit that the people of Australia are entitled to know the procedure followed in these matters.


Mr BRUCE - I imagined that the procedure was understood by everyone. On all questions affecting Australia His Majesty acts on the advice of his Ministers in Australia. None other than His Majesty's Ministers in Australia make recommendations to His Majesty in regard to Australian matters.


Mr THEODORE - Then we are justifiedin assuming that a recommendation was definitely made and, that being so, I ask why the Prime Minister showed discrimination between Sir George Wilkins and Mr. Herbert Hinkler, both of whom performed great feats.


Mr BRUCE - I have already indicated that I decline to give any information, or to discuss this question in the House.







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