A new flag for contemporary Australia
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Photo: One of six statues on Mount Welcome near Roebourne WA. Each statue represents one of the immediate neighbours of the Ngarluma people and each are facing towards their home land.
"I am just hoping people will think more about who we are as a nation in a modern and fast changing world and the pressing need to formalise that in our own unique flag"
I created this web site to communicate my concern for what I see as Australia’s lack of a strong, unified and independent sense of national identity.
This is evidenced by our apparent inability to cut our symbolic ties with mother England by retaining an outdated and obsolete national flag.
I hope the website can progress the thinking of ordinary Australians on the need for a new national flag and to encourage them to start actively seeking alternatives to the current design.
My contribution to this process is to offer some design ideas of my own.
I Am Australian – The Seekers
Waltzing Matilda – Paul Thomson
A Flag of Our Own – John Willliamson
My flag designs all share the common theme of a traditional blue background, the Commonwealth Star and/or Southern Cross and an adaptation of the aboriginal flag or colours from the aboriginal flag. The defaced British Ensign (Union Jack) has been removed.
Our Indigenous peoples suffered greatly at the hands of the ‘white invaders’ and the defaced British Ensign is a direct link to those past colonial powers responsible for that suffering. It is time to remove that link and give due respect and recognition to the original custodians of this great southern continent we now call Australia.
This is the key to our real national identity.
It is the ground under our feet that we now belong, the same ground that has been populated for millennia by our indigenous peoples, this is the ground and the continent we now share,
THIS IS WHO WE ARE.
"To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong,
we must have one people, one nation, one flag."
8. In this design I have attempted to address some of the criticisms made of previous designs.
One criticism was that previous designs were too ‘Aboriginal’ for a flag that was striving to represent national unity and that there should be more compromise by all concerned. By omitting the black band I have further distinguished the design from that of the Aboriginal flag and at the same time allowed that flag to remain more uniquely Aboriginal. The current flag and the Aboriginal flag now contribute two colours each to the new design.
Another criticism was that the black, yellow and red bands made the design too similar to the German flag (also the Belgium and Ugandan flags). By omitting the black band the design is now more uniquely Australian.
Yet another criticism was that with five or more colours, previous designs were ‘too busy’ or had too many colours for a national flag. The majority of world flags have either three or four colours. By omitting the black band this design now has only four colours and still retains the symbolism of reconciliation, inclusion and unity.
9. This design brings a return to the three colours of the Aboriginal flag with the addition of a silhouetted kangaroo overlaying the red and yellow bands. The blue background and Federation Star represent our colonial past and current national identity. The silhouetted kangaroo and red and yellow bands represent our unique southern continent girth by sea. It also represent a modern nation moving toward reconciliation with it’s indigenous peoples. The southern cross remains as a symbol of unity for all Australians.