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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 2538


Senator LILLICO (TASMANIA) -I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate whether he can say what system will be used or has been used in conducting a gallup poll in relation to the 3 songs which it is proposed to place before the people who will be asked to express their choice of a national anthem. How are the people whose opinion is to be sought to be chosen, or how have they been chosen? In the choosing, what criterion will be or has been used? Is the Minister aware that the Sydney 'Sun' conducted its own gallup poll, which included the present national anthem as a choice, with very decisive results?


Senator MURPHY -I understand that the decision on the new national anthem is to be made by a selected group of persons who will comprise a fairly substantial sample of the Australian community. In that way a determination will be made fairly inexpensively but in such a way as to be representative of the opinion of the Australian people. I am not sure how the questioning will be done and so on, but I will endeavour to find that out for the honourable senator. I am not aware of what was done by the newspaper referred to by the honourable senator.







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