Petition the Surf Coast Shire to lower the Rainbow Flag immediately
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We are residents and/or ratepayers of the Surf Coast Shire.
We object to the Shire flying the Rainbow Flag in an attempt to influence the Australian Parliament's position on marriage equality.
We do not support the Shire using its facilities, which ultimately are owned by all members of our community, to promote the political or social views of individual Councillors.
We are particularly upset that the flag is more prominent to people approaching the Surf Coast from Geelong (Victoria) than the Australian, Aboriginal and Shire flags. We believe that its prominent placement undermines the status of the Australian flag as a symbol of our National identity, the Aboriginal flag which recognises the original owners of the land on which we live and work and the Shire flag, which is a unifying symbol of the identity of the Shire and all its communities.
We petition the Shire to lower the Rainbow Flag immediately.
Please note: this petition makes no comment on the issue of marriage equality. We are petitioning solely about the role of the Shire as our representative, the importance of the Shire not using our resources for political purposes that are outside its role and responsibilities and the importance of respecting the unifying symbols of the Australian, Aboriginal and Shire flags.
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