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Tuesday, 31 March 1987
Page: 1768

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that whereas:

1. They are completely satisfied with the design of the existing Australian National Flag.

2. They are aware it properly reflects the immutable characteristics of Australia, namely:

(a) The Union Jack, itself the creation of three Christian crosses, represents the nation's historical origin and the source of its language and law;

(b) The Southern Cross on an azure blue background signifying its geographical location on this planet Earth;

(c) The large star depicting the advent of Federation in 1901.

3. They know the flag has been a source of inspiration to generations of Australians in peace and war.

4. They recall that millions of native-born Australians and newcomers to these shores from other parts of the world have become united under its proud symbolism.

5. They are certain that any change to the flag will produce division in the Australian community.

Your petitioners therefore pray that your honourable House will:

Propose and pass a motion that ``the existing Australian National Flag be changed only with the approval of the nation as expressed in a referendum''.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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