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THE HOME SERVICES REPLY TO R.S.A. COMMENT "When the preliminary organisation plans for our association were under consideration the design of the proposed badge was fully discussed with R.S.A. headquarters in order that there should be no conflict." says a statement issued by the Auckland branch of the New Zealand -Home Servicemen's Association, with the authority of Dominion headquarters. The statement is made in reply to reported comments made at the R.SA., conference in Wellington last month regarding the sumlarity between the badges of the two organisations, the us 6 of the same date clips to denote financial membership and the wearing of the badge on the right lapel. It is pointed out that after a number of badge designs were submitted to the R.S.A., „it expressed its approval in writing of the existing design. This formal consent was necessary in order to satisfy the Registrar of Patents before copyright was given. At the time application was made to have the H.o.A. badge brought under military decorations and badges, no opposition Was offered by the R.S.A. "When the matter of the date clip was being considered, R.S.A. headquarters was asked by letter if it would agree to our use of the same type of clip and formal approval was received subject to supplies being received from the manufacturers," adds the statement. Our headquarters was advised by the R S.A. to deal direct with the manufacturer. If, as a result of the resolution passed at the R.S.A. conference, it formally withdraws its consent to the use of the same date clip, and if it can be shown that it has a legal right to the sole Use of that clip, the matter Will be considered by our association*

Right or Jjfeft Lapel? "With regard to. the wearing of the badge on the right or left lapel, we klnow of no legal authority to say that badges shall be worn m any special position. Therefore, we will be guided by our own opinion. "Although the remit to the R.S.A. conference objecting to our use of the date clip was. sponsored by an Auckland sub-branch of the R.b.A., many members of that association have told us they are pleased to see us wearing our badge on the right lapel and with the same date clip, says the statement. Those R.S.A. members <?,nd our association hold the view that no matter which of the service organisations we belong to we are all servicemen who gave our services to the country to the best of ouf ability and were directed to do so, Whether at home or overseas. . c „ "We regret the necessity of a public statement on this matter, as we feel there are many much more important and vital matters _ affecting the welfare of ex-servicemen which require all the time and energy we can give," the statement concludes.

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BADGE DESIGN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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BADGE DESIGN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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