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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 124

(Question No. 753)

Senator Peter Rae asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 5 December 1985:

Have the cassettes of `God Save The Queen/Advance Australia Fair' (National Anthem/National Song-joint cassette) been destroyed; if so, (a) why were they destroyed, and (b) what was the cost involved.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

Yes. (a) The proclamation by the Governor-General on 19 April 1984 of `Advance Australia Fair' as the National Anthem and `God Save The Queen' as the Royal Anthem meant that the cassettes issued under the Government's national symbols free-issue program to eligible organisations were incorrectly labelled.

(b) About 4,000 cassettes worth about $3,100 were destroyed in accordance with audit requirements. A cassette with a label identifying `Advance Australia Fair' as the National Anthem was substituted.