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Monday, 7 May 1984
Page: 1620

To the Honourable the President and the Honourable Members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned electors of the Commonwealth of Australia respectfully showeth that:

1. We are completely satisfied with the design of the existing Australian national flag.

2. We are aware it properly reflects the immutable characteristics of Australia namely:

The Union Jack-itself the creation of three Christian crosses-represents the nation's historical origin, and the source of its language and law.

The Southern Cross on an azure blue background signifying its place in space.

The large star depicting the advent of Federation in 1901.

3. We know the flag has been a source of inspiration to generations of Australians in peace and war.

4. We recall that millions of native-born Australians and newcomers to these shores from other parts of the world have become united under its proud symbolism.

5. We are certain that any change to the flag will produce division in the Australian community.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that your honourable House will: Propose and pass a motion that 'the existing Australian national flag remains sacrosanct from change'.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.