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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 3797


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (17:05): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Australia Day is the national day of celebration for all Australians. Every year on 26 January, Australians celebrate what unites us as a nation: the history that makes us who we are, the country we love and the values and institutions that underpin it. The Australian national flag is Australia's national symbol and has become an expression of Australian identity and pride since it was first flown in 1901, especially for Australia's Defence forces who have served under it. I invite all senators to join me in celebrating Australian National Flag Day on 3 September. The coalition government will never change the date of Australia Day or the Australian national flag or the Australian anthem.