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Thursday, 13 September 1984
Page: 956

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled. The Petition of the undersigned citizens respectfully shows:

That: the Australian flag symbolises the continuity between Australia's past, its present and its future;

The presence of the Union Jack on the flag represents not a subservience to Britain, but a reminder of our inheritance of the fruits of hundreds of years of struggle for individual liberty against the forces of tyranny and oppression;

Nonetheless recognises the rights of the Australian people should they wish as a people to change the design of their flag.

Your petitioners humbly pray that no change be made to the Australian flag except with the consent of the people in a referendum.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.