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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 18

Mr KEOGH (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) -Has the attention of the Prime Minister been drawn to the publication during the parliamentary recess of an honours list sponsored by certain of the Premiers who still quaintly regard themselves as leaders of sovereign States instead of parts of the nation? If these honours were of the type correctly rejected by the Australian Government as no longer fitting for Australian citizens, can he tell honourable members what action the Government has taken to introduce an Australian honours system and when he expects to make an announcement of its introduction?

Mr WHITLAM - I do not believe it appropriate for me to make a comment about the relations which the States, which are British colonies, have with the British Government concerning the award of British honours. The Australian Government does not believe it appropriate to give titles and it does not believe it appropriate to give awards which have some Imperial connotation. The Australian Government has recommended to the Queen of Australia that she confer awards on members of the armed forces or the uniformed services for outstanding service in period or gallantry. The Australian Government has not given its time to devising any form of Australian awards. It may be that it is appropriate to have awards of a distinctly Australian character for members of the armed forces or uniformed services. I must confess, however, that my colleagues and I have been engaged in matters of greater priority.

Mr SPEAKER -So I miss out, do I?

Mr WHITLAM -Dame Myrtle will receive one.

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