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Tuesday, 15 May 1973
Page: 2055

Mr ARMITAGE (CHIFLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - 1 direct a question to the Prime Minister. I preface it by referring to the decision to hold a competition for an Australian national anthem. 1 ask: Could the honourable gentleman give the House details of the timetable in respect of that competition, including when it is anticipated that Australia will adopt its new national anthem?

Mr WHITLAM - The entries for words close at 5 o'clock on 31st May. I believe it might be of interest to honourable members if

I were to table the entry form for words for the Australian national anthem quest. The quest was launched on 12th April. There have already been 2,000 requests for entry forms. Some 500 finished entries have been received. There have been 200 inquiries from overseas. A number of distinguished Australians have accepted my invitation to act as judges in the quest. The judges of words will be Professor Manning Clark, Mr David Williamson, Mrs Kath Walker and Mr Ross Campbell. The judges of the music entries will be Mr John Hopkins, Mr Peter Sculthorpe, Mr Don Burrows and Mrs Maria Prerauer. I should express the Government's appreciation of the willingness of those eminent Australians to assist the competition. Their participation and the ready response of the public leave no doubt that the anthem quest will help to stimulate a renewed sense of national pride and to meet the wish of the majority of Australians for a distinctive anthem of their own, as every other nation already has.

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