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Emblems - why do we have them?

Why do we have national and state emblems? In this country, Australia, we eat our national emblem and here in this state, Victoria, we are driving our faunal emblem to extinction.
The national emblem, the kangaroo, on our prestigious coat of arms is also on the menu.
You don’t have to go far to get a serving. I don’t think we eat emus, also on the coat of arms, are a source of oil would you believe. As for Victoria’s faunal emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum its numbers are under threat with the seemingly accelerated logging in Victoria. Especially in the Toolangi/Mount Saint Leonard area currently, just north of Melbourne. If they managed to survive the tragic bush fires of 2009, they are now having their habitat wiped out courtesy of our government’s logging regime.
The Helmeted Honeyeater Victoria’s bird emblem, be warned you could be next.
It puts a new meaning to having and not having our emblems.

Journal Comments

  • Keith Reesor
  • Peter Krause