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					SENATOR CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI – WELLS
           LIBERAL SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

                            MEDIA RELEASE

   Celebrate Australian National Flag Day
Illawarra based Liberal Senator, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells today called on residents
to show their national pride and celebrate Australian National Flag Day by flying the
Australian National Flag.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said she encouraged local schools, organisations,
businesses and community groups and homes in the Illawarra to proudly fly the
Australian National Flag and commemorate its 106th birthday.

“Australian National Flag Day commemorates the first occasion the flag was flown,”
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“On this day 106 years ago, the then Prime Minister Edmund Barton, announced the
results of a world wide competition to select our National Flag.

“In the Illawarra, the flag has become a cherished national symbol, proudly waved at
sports events, on significant occasions and at schools. Last Friday, I had the pleasure
of attending a flag raising ceremony with the students from Warilla Public School.

“Our flag is also a popular focus of pride in times of celebration and a powerful
symbol of unity in times of sorrow.”

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the Australian National Flag’s design was chosen in an
international competition from more than 32,000 entries.

“The three elements of the flag’s design represent part of our heritage as a nation,”
Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.

“The Union Jack recognises Australia’s historical links with Great Britain, while the
seven pointed Commonwealth Star symbolises the unity of Australia’s six states and
its territories.

“The Southern Cross - visible only in the skies of the Southern Hemisphere - is a
reminder of Australia’s location in the world.”

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said Australian National Flag Day provided a significant
opportunity for Australians to celebrate the significance and symbolism of our flag.



            Media Contact: Peter Poulos (02) 4226 1700/ 0427 430 284
SENATOR CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI – WELLS
          LIBERAL SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

                           MEDIA RELEASE
“I encourage people in the Illawarra to mark Australian Nation Flag Day by flying or
displaying the Australian National Flag on 3 September,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells
said.

Ends.

3 September 2007




            Media Contact: Peter Poulos (02) 4226 1700/ 0427 430 284

				
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