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Friday, 6 May 1921

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) .- I dealt with, that matter in the honorable senator's, absence., I explained that I thought the Committee should go through the Bill as it is now, postponing all clauses referring to the Army Act. The

Committee will still be in possession of tlie Bill, and it will be possible then to recommit the clauses it is necessary to amend in view of the decision of honorable senators on the proposal to incorporate the Army Act. There is no reason why we should not now consider all clauses that are not affected by that decision.

Senator Elliott - It is difficult to follow the Bill if it is not before us as it must be amended to give effect to the Committee's decision.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 28-

Section 80b of the principal Act is amended by omitting sub-section (2) thereof and inserting in its stead the following subsection: - " (2) For the purposes of this section any ribbon appropriate to be worn with a military decoration shall be deemed to be a military 'decoration." Section proposed to te amended. - 80b. (1) A person shall not, unless lawfully entitled thereto (proof whereof shall lie upon him), wear or make use of any military decoration.

Penalty: Twenty pounds.

(2)   Nothing vn this section shall prevent a female relative of the person upon whom a military decoration has been conferred from wearing the decoration after the decease of that person.

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