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Wednesday, 29 April 1987
Page: 2179

To the Honourable the Speaker and the Honourable Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The humble Petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia 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;

(c) The large star depicting the advent of Federation

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 at an early date discuss and give a speedy passage to the Flags Act Amendment Bill which provides that the Australian National Flag can only be changed by a referendum of the people.

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