The entries belonged to Ivor Evans, a fourteen-year-old schoolboy from Melbourne; Leslie John Hawkins, a teenager apprenticed to an optician from Sydney; Egbert John Nuttall, an architect from Melbourne; Annie Dorrington, an artist from Perth; and William Stevens, a ship's officer from Auckland, New Zealand. An expert panel of Australian judges assessed the entries and selected what was basically the current Australian flag as the winner and this was proclaimed in February 1903. A dvance Australia stamp series featuring the National Flag, Reconciliation Ensign and Sporting Ensign. Yet, the flag of Canada is only 47 years old. The aborigines already have a flag, Just be happy with that! It is not a violation of free speech to outlaw burning of the flag because it is not speech.
The Southern Cross references our place in the world and is highly significant in Aboriginal mythology. Every published opinion poll indicates our flag is more popular than it has ever been — the demographic where support is strongest is among those aged 14 to 24. It was Australia that held the world's first flag design competition — the way in which our flag was chosen, as much as anything else, shows the world what sort of people Australians are. We do not need to change it. My father lost two of his brothers as children because my grandfather could not afford hospitals, medicine and food, at time when this was considered basic rights.
There are some who urge Australia to consider changing its flag. Paul Keating publicly championed the cause of a new flag during his term as prime minister, including on a state visit to Indonesia. I am doing a project and i have to do some surveys and i have found out from the surveys that people think it should be changed because it needs to include the aboriginal flag and it has the british union jack on it and we are not british. These changes were not considered to be disrespectful to our Naval and Air Force officers who served in wars under different flags. The Southern Cross is important to Aboriginal mythology and the Union Jack represents the European settlement that came from Great Britain which is reflected in our language, rule of law and system of parliament and government.
Our present flag dates from only 1953. The Australian flag's colours of red, white and blue are neither Australia's official green and gold nor its traditional blue and gold. The aborigines already have a flag, Just be happy with that! Advocates of change in Australia believe that another flag design would be more effective in representing Australia than the current flag. The Union Jack in the upper left corner or canton acknowledges Australia's origin as a British settlement. People forget this, but even as Americans were fighting the British, in the early days they saw themselves as fighting for their rights as Englishmen. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about our national symbol — but shouldn't we first ask what most Australians want? It fixed the number of stripes at 13, for the original Thirteen Colonies, and increased the number of stars to 20, the number of states at the time. With more states being added, it would be difficult to not create new flag designs.
On 6 June 1994, the Sydney Morning Herald reported the deputy prime minister, , as saying that the Labor government was committed to its timetable for changes to Australia's flag by the Centenary of Federation in 2001; beyond commissioning a national survey that year, no further action was taken. Before that, no government in history had thought of inviting its citizens to design their national symbol. However, the current Australian flag implies that Australia is a colony, homeland, protectorate or dominion of Great Britain, like Hong Kong or the Falkland Islands. May was and olympics have been held under this flag and if we change it not many nations would be able to recognise at as the Australian flag. All 7,000 designs were ultimately rejected. In particular, the flag is difficult to distinguish from a variety of flags based on the British , most notably the of New Zealand and the state. The present Australian flag also fails to be instantly recognisable, confusing foreigners, as it is too similar to many other countries.
It is the right and privilege of all Australians to fly the national flag and display it with pride and dignity in accord with the rules of flag etiquette and protocol. Minds move slowly: and Australia is still Britain's little boy. More than 7,000 designs were received, so you would think they would surely find a great design in there somewhere. Poster released by Ausflag prior to the , displaying some of the many other flags containing the Union Jack in the canton The Australian flag debate is a periodic question over whether the should be changed, particularly to remove the from the , but also to possibly introduce a completely new design without the Southern Cross. In response to polls showing increasing support for a new flag, the Coalition government under established in 1996 and introduced legislation, the Flags Amendment Bill 1996, to make a change more difficult.
Ausflag supports the idea of a new flag for Australia. And that is where the wandering should end. The Southern hemisphere symbol of the Southern Cross should be retained although it is not unique to be used on its own. This is why the British Virgin Islands, New Zealand, Bermuda, Fiji, and the Hawaii state flag have a Union Jack in their flag, because at some point they were subject to British influence. The Union Jack represents the uniting of England, Scotland and Ireland which forms Great Britain but this is simply not a key part of what it means to be Australian. Furthermore, the history behind the struggle in earlier years often resulted in violence as Indigenous Australians were dispossessed of their land Australian Museum, 2015. So are we Aussies who seek the status of a unique and individualistic flag actually giving up the benefits to be had by aligning our brand with the shared history and beliefs of a commonwealth of nations? On the other hand, there are other groups that believe differently whom are called the pro-flag groups.
To feature the flag of another country on our flag is perceived as subservient and illogical. It is technically a British Blue Ensign defaced by the stars of thesouthern cross and the Federal star. All of the aspects within the flags design has a significance to Australia. I think that's one which the people of Australia sort of have to show a level of interest in… But on our flag I would keep it as it is. In 1997 Monash University donated Australian Reconciliation Flags to every secondary college in the State of Victoria. The coffins of Australia's war dead were draped with the Union Jack.
In the Korean War, Australians fought under the United Nations' Flag. It is understandable for indigenous Australians to note January 26 as the start of a hostile occupation which led to massacres and cultural destruction. It is usual for national flags to change from time to time as a nation evolves. All attempts to protect the flag short of a Constitutional amendment have failed in the end. Denise Whitehouse, Senior Lecturer, Design and Cultural History, Faculty of Design, Swinburne University. As well as the Australian flag, it also already appears on the flags of , , , and. It was taken as a representative of Australia, as you can only see it from the southern hemisphere.
A flag is a symbol that endures even as the nation changes. Just over 26 per cent of our 24 million Australians were born overseas and many were granted their citizenship on January 26. The Union Jack on the flag is symbolic of an ongoing subservience to Britain. In 1953 the Australian Parliament enacted the Commonwealth Government Flags Act 1953 to confirm, not to establish, the flag as the Australian National Flag. The Southern Cross, po … sitioned on the right hand side of the flag, is a constellation visible from all of Australia's states and territories, and which was vital to early ships' navigation.