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Thursday, 21 March 1985
Page: 678

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of certain citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

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

That 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 Australians 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.

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