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The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at the Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales at 11.00 am on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

The Prime Minister has announced that flags will be flown at half-mast on the day of Mr Whitlam’s State Memorial Service.

The message issued on the Commonwealth Flag Network has information on the protocols for half-masting flags.

30 October 2014

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The Australian National Flag was first flown in Melbourne in 1901. For over a century now it has been the primary expression of Australian identity and pride.

You can receive immediate advice on how to fly the flag on special occasions by registering for the Commonwealth Flag Network alert.

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The Australian National Anthem, proclaimed in 1984, identifies Australia at home and overseas. It unites the nation and is a public expression of joy and pride in being Australian.

The anthem is used at important public ceremonies, sporting and community events. The words of the Australian National Anthem are available for download on this site.