Why do we need a new flag ..... what's wrong with the one we have?

The flag is not uniquely Australian

Of over fifty sovereign nations in the Commonwealth, only Australia and New Zealand still retain British Ensigns as their national flags.

As a defaced British Ensign it is an Imperial flag which signifies our subordination to Britain.

Australians have not always "fought under" the present flag...

We adopted a new National Anthem without it being thought of as disrespectful...Adopting a new national flag should be no different.

It is time to ... give due respect and recognition to the original custodians of this great southern continent we now call Australia.

Creating a flag of our own would demonstrate our ability to.... be dynamic enough to adapt to the conditions and circumstances of a fast changing world.

It is vital for our future development that we are perceived by our neighbours and the rest of the world as a mature, independent nation

Australia′s flag has changed many times. Our present flag dates from only 1953. It is usual for national flags to change from time to time as a nation evolves.

Our flag is not uniquely Australian, it is virtually indistinguishable from the New Zealand flag and has been mistakenly raised on the international stage on several occasions.

There are over fifty sovereign nations in the Commonwealth, some have remained monarchies, some have become republics. Only two (Australia and New Zealand) still retain British Ensigns as their national flags. In 1965, Canada changed its flag from a British Red Ensign to the red and white Maple Leaf. The Canadian Maple Leaf flag has been an unqualified success in giving Canada its own national and international identity and national pride. Canada remains a Constitutional Monarchy.
As a defaced British Ensign it is an Imperial flag which signifies our subordination to Britain. It implies that Australia is a colony, homeland, protectorate or dominion of Great Britain. In Heraldry, the upper left hand corner of the flag (called the canton) is the position of honour. The implication is that Britain still commands our loyalty more than does Australia.

Australians have not always “fought under” the present flag. The only war (undeclared) where servicemen “fought under” Australia′s current flags was the Vietnam War. The Australian Naval Ensign and Australian Air Force Ensign have been changed since the major wars. These changes were not considered to be disrespectful to our Naval and Air Force officers who served in wars under different flags.

Australia changed its National Anthem from God Save The Queen to Advance Australia Fair in 1984. We adopted a new National Anthem without it being thought of as disrespectful to our ex-servicemen who fought wars for Australia under a different national anthem. Adopting a new national flag should be no different.

Indigenous Australians suffered greatly at the hands of the ‘white invaders’. The defaced British Ensign is a direct link to those responsible for this  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.

To sustain the viability of any entity whether it be a small business or a whole nation, it must be dynamic enough to be able to adapt to conditions and circumstances in a fast changing world. Creating a flag of our own would demonstrate our ability to do this.

It is vital for our future development that we are perceived by our neighbours and the rest of the world as a mature, independent nation, not as a child still clutching at its mother′s skirts.

* Some of this information was sourced from Ausflag

"To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong,
we must have one people, one nation, one flag."

Pauline Hanson

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