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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1055

Senator Sir MAGNUS CORMACK -I present the following petition from 26 citizens of the Commonwealth:

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament Assembled:

That whereas our National Anthem, 'God Save the Queen', is a perpetual reminder of the Monarchy as a major feature of our Constitutional heritage;

And whereas the changing of the National Anthem without consulting all the people would deprive the electors of their right to a free choice on such a major question;

Therefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that the Senate, in Parliament assembled, will take the most urgent steps to ensure the right of every Australian elector to have a vote at a National Referendum, Senate or Federal Elections for the retention of the present National Anthem 'God Save the Queen', before the Commonwealth Government attempts to substitute a new Anthem.

And your Petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

Petition received and read.

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