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Wednesday, 12 April 1989
Page: 1489

(Question No. 754)

Senator Watson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support, upon notice, on 20 December 1988:

For what reason is the royal cypher progressively being removed from Australia Post vehicles and post boxes.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

It is the Government's wish to have symbols of national unity, in particular, the Australian flag and the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, displayed in appropriate places at all official buildings and establishments, both within Australia and overseas.

In view of the government's wish, the Australian Postal Commission reviewed its policy regarding use of the royal cypher in 1983, and determined that the Commonwealth Coat of Arms would be displayed in place of the royal cypher, on newly constructed buildings and on new or refurbished mail vans, trucks and posting boxes.