Federal MP Patrick Gorman calls for black swan to represent WA on World Emoji Day

Jul 18, 2020

By PerthNow

“How lucky are we to live in WA?”

You might be flicking your mates this message a lot recently, but a sandgroper pollie has made it his mission for us to be able to add a little symbol of WA to the end of our state praises with a new, lighthearted campaign.

This World Emoji day, Federal Member for Perth Patrick Gorman is calling for a Western Australian emoji to represent our great State in tweets and texts across the globe.

Directing his proposal to the “United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Emoji Regulation” - which is of course, not a thing - the emoji enthusiast, who has 21 in his Twitter bio alone, is pushing for a back swan emoji.

“IT IS TIME FOR A WESTERN AUSTRALIAN EMOJI,” Gorman announced on his Twitter this morning.

As our State’s official bird emblem, the black swan has proudly been flying on the State flag since 1953 and WA’s most well-known symbol - appearing on the WA coat of arms, badge and represented in our colours.

The Labor MP is generating plenty of support from his social media followers, with hundreds of likes across his Facebook and Twitter pages.

Australia is currently represented by the newly-introduced koala and kangaroo emojis, which appear on the national coat of arms.

It’s unlikely Gorman’s humble push for a black swan will result will make an appearance in the next iOS update, but we get the feeling this won’t be the MP’s swansong on emoji inclusivity.

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