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Thursday, 12 October 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) .- I have listened to the discussion of this clause, and I think that the Bill is entirely unnecessary. I would like to ask the Minister how it is to be enforced even if it be placed upon the statute-book? These decorations can be worn in Northern Queensland and in the Northern Territory. Are we going to send an officer into these remote parts in search of a man simply because he has chosen to wear a medal which does not bolong to him? I again ask how it is proposed to enforce the measure should it become law?

Senator E J RUSSELL (VICTORIA) - By every member of the police force in Australia.

Senator SAYERS - The police take very little notice of what legislation we enact here unless the occasion calls for it.

Senator Rae - The Bill may be used as a weapon of persecution in odd cases.

Senator SAYERS - I do not think that. But the time of the Senate is being uselessly occupied in discussing a Bill of this description, and I intend to vote against it.

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