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Thursday, 28 February 1985
Page: 292

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

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 3 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 place in space.

(c) The large star depicting the advent of Federation in 1901 and each point depicting a State and the Territories of the Commonwealth.

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 its form or to its acceptance as the sole Australian National Flag will produce division in the Australian community.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, should ensure that the existing Australian National Flag remains sacrosanct from change and remains the sole National Flag.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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