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Monday, 21 May 2018
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms

WHERAS the Commonwealth Coat of Arms (COA) is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia and signifies Commonwealth authority and ownership and it is used by Australian Government departments and agencies, statutory and non-statutory authorities, the Parliament and Commonwealth courts and tribunals. AND WHEREAS the centre of the shield includes symbols of Australia's six states with the border of the shield symbolising federation. The shield is held up by the native Australian animals the kangaroo and the emu, which were chosen to symbolise a nation moving forward, based on the fact that neither animal can move backwards easily. A seven-point gold Commonwealth Star sits above the shield. Six of the star's points represent the Australian states and the seventh point represents the territories. A wreath of gold and blue sits under the Commonwealth Star. Gold and blue are the Commonwealth COA' 'livery', or 'identifying', colours. AND WHEREAS the people of the then Australian Colonies, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution thereby established. AND WHEREAS there is currently no Crown in the crest of the Commonwealth's COA, adding doubt to the Commonwealth's relationship with the Crown.

Will the House act to add the crown to the crest of the current COA, above the federation star, to signify the current allegiance to, and the protections offered by the crown to the people of Australia?

from 4 citizens (Petition No. EN0505)