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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1901


Senator HANNAN (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Prime Minister aware that a proposed Australian national anthem called 'God Bless Australia' and composed by Wing Commander Whitehead, an Englishman, was played on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's radio program 'AM' last Friday? Is the Minister aware that the proposed anthem has created more than ordinary interest and support? Without in any way criticising the present Australian anthem, will the Minister hear the proposed anthem- I will sing it for him if necessary -


The PRESIDENT - Order! That would be out of order.


Senator HANNAN -Will the Minister hear it and allow this English composition to be entered in the current ballot, despite the composer's place of birth, as I understand the words of the present anthem were also composed by an Englishman?


Senator MURPHY -I regret that I am unaware of any of the matters to which the honourable senator refers. As to hearing the honourable senator sing the song to which he referred, I do not see why that burden should be added to the other burdens of office.







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