flag pride

Flag Pride

23 January 2024

1.2 MINS

This Australia Day, have a little flag pride. Australians should be proud of their flag as a powerful symbol of our national unity.

As Australia Day approaches, I’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate the symbol of our shared land and history that is the Australian Flag.

Our flag, based on the British Blue Ensign and showcasing the Union Jack, Commonwealth Star, and Southern Cross, has for many years been a symbol intended to represent every Australian, whether they be of European, Indigenous, or any other heritage.

As Tony Abbot has said, Australia is a young nation with an “immigrant character.” Our flag is intended to encapsulate that character and represent us all.

However, since 1995, the Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag have been flown as official flags of Australia. This was largely done as a gesture of “reconciliation” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and has arguably fostered a sense of division rather than unity.

This seems inevitable, as having multiple official flags implies multiple nations, rather than the fact that we are all Australians. Indeed, the term “First Nations” suggests that Indigenous Australians belong to a separate nation, which I suspect contributed to the defeat of the Voice to Parliament proposal at the recent referendum.

Now, many local councils fly a vast range of flags, even related to one’s sexual preferences, further breaking us down into increasingly obscure identity groups.

Every Australia Day, the inevitable debate about celebrating Australia Day and the Australian Flag reoccurs, largely because the media amplifies the voice of a relatively small group of activists. So, I’ve taken the opportunity to create a video discussing our flag as a symbol of unity, and how absurd the division has become.

You can watch that video here:

As we head into Australia Day, my hope is that we can all celebrate the blessings of living in Australia, whatever our heritage may be.


Image courtesy of Pexels.

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  1. Barbara Bluett 23 January 2024 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Brilliant speech sir. So sensible.

  2. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 23 January 2024 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    What a ridiculous situation where we fly several flags including the gender flag. We must be the laughing stock of the World . Time to prohibit officially flying these other flags from Parliament buildings, at schools , etc. As for “The Fresh Food People ” their food is so “fresh “it was months out -of -date and put me in hospital ! I believe that Supermarket is Overseas owned , so, I guess it’s profits go Overseas and they pay probably minimal tax ? If that is the case, it is easy to see that that company has no loyalty to Australia and wants to abolish “Australia Day “. On ” Australia Day “I will wear the Australian Flag to a restaurant where we have our Book Group meetings and I defy anyone to complain !

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