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Wednesday, 31 May 1972
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Mr JESS (LA TROBE, VICTORIA) - I ask the Minister for the Army whether he has seen a report that an Australian Army major has been recommended by United States forces for the award of the United States Soldiers Medal for gallantry in Vietnam. Is the report correct that this award cannot be accepted? If so, can the Minister give the House the policy on overseas decorations and awards?

Mr KATTER (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - I am afraid that my reply to the honourable member will have to be brief. Actually the question of an award to Major Clark or any serviceman involves the 3 Services, and therefore the matter comes under the authority of my colleague the Minister for Defence. I am quite sure that the honourable member will have no difficulty in conferring with his colleague on this matter.

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