Cultivating a flower for our flag

By Ian Warden
Updated April 18 2018 - 11:01pm, first published August 21 2012 - 3:00am

Platypuses are sensitive creatures so please keep from them the sensational disclosure, made later in this column, that the designer of Canberra's controversial coat-of-arms thought their species ''lacked dignity''. That's why there are no platypuses on our coat of arms and why he, the arms' designer, employed swans instead.

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