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Friday, 6 October 1911

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I am not at all surprised at one who, like Senator Walker, has a great regard for doctrines laid down in the Old Country, supporting this measure. But I point out in all seriousness that, though persons of conservative tendencies may attach an altogether exaggerated veneration to these bits of trinkets, and may want to impose all sorts of penalties on other people who do not, nevertheless, we ought to have sounder reasons given for the passage of this Bill. That does not account for my opposition to the measure, but certainly accentuates it. The Minister actually said that even if I were to live to be a veteran I would probably never gain a medal for good conduct. I really think that I am entitled to ask him to withdraw that serious reflection upon me. It has strained my loyalty to the party almost beyond breaking point.

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