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Wednesday, 4 December 1985
Page: 2865

To the Honourable the President and the members of the Senate in the Parliament assembled. The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia showeth that whereas:

1. They are completely satisfied with the design of the existing Australian National Flag.

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

(a) The Union Jack, itself the creation of three Christian Crosses, represents the nation's historical origin and the source of its language and law;

(b) The Southern Cross on an azure blue background signifying its geographical location;

(c) The large star depicting the advent of Federation.

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

4. They 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. They are certain that any change to the flag will produce division in the Australian community.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Parliament will give a speedy passage to the Flags Act Amendment Bill which provides that the Australian National Flag can only be changed by a referendum.