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Press Statement, E. G. Whitlam, 2 July 1973

The Prime Minister, Mr Gough Whitlam, said that entries are now invited from the public for the words and music of an Australian national anthem in accordance with the terms of the Australian National Anthem Quest announced by the Prime Minister on 14 April.

Mr Whitlam said public response to the Quest had been deeply encouraging. The project had aroused enormous interest throughout Australia. More than 2500 entries had been received for the initial stage of the Quest in which entries were invited for words alone. The range and number of entries confirmed the Government’s view that the Australian people wanted a distinctive national anthem reflecting Australia’s new sense of national pride and purpose.

For the second stage of the Quest, composers may write music set to their own words or to those of a collaborator. Alternatively they may use one of the sets of words submitted by members of the public in the first stage of the Quest.