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Our beloved Australian Flag remains under attack by a small minority of republican flag changers.

Without a mandate, and notwithstanding their landslide defeat in 1999, the republicans are in the process of removing all symbols of the Australian Crown - an institution they see as a constraint on republican politicians. 

The republican newspaper The Age says that since everyone knows the Flag will change after some unknown (politicians’) republic is adopted, the Australian Flag should be changed now.

Leading republicans opened a major campaign aginst the flag which culminated in a programme on national television on the eve of ANZAC Day, 2010. In a subsequent official inquiry this campaign was ruled to be misleading.

The principal feature of Australia Day 2011 was the endorsement of flag and constitutional change by those chosen as Australians of the Year by the politicians’ Australia Day committees.

The republican flag changers deliberately ran dead during the 1999 republican referendum campaign to assist the republican case, although the republican movement had earlier endorsed an exhibition of new flags to coincide with the 1998 Constitutional Convention as well as a touring exhibition .  Most of these proposed new flags were of the  beach towel variety with one  proposed flag which can only be described as obscenity, and a gross one at that.

Republicans argue that three established facts about our Flag are untrue.



First that Australian Flag was adopted after an open public competition with very wide participation and support which was concluded under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia;

Second that there was never any requirement that our Flag include the Union Jack,and

Third, that it is the Flag under which Australians have served and died.  



All are absolutely true. And Australians overwhelmingly love their beloved Australian Flag.

Republicans long opposed any requirement for a vote by the people on any change being inserted in the Flag Act or into the Constitution. They were especially annoyed when Parliament did this, and especially by the requirement that in any vote, the existing Flag be included for consideration.

(Most federal republican politicians had to go along with this reluctantly when they realised the changes would pass both houses – they did not want to be on the record opposing this , although previously they planned a change to take effect before 2000 without any vote by the people.) 

A group of prominent republicans continues to campaign for a new flag. They have been careful to ensure none hold office in the republican movement, no doubt to give the impression the two campaigns are entirley separate. There can be little doubt that were a politicians' republic to be imposed, the Flag would be next in line. 

 

 



Warning: stunt alert. Australia Day Councils on notice Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Thursday, 01 December 2011

Be warned. The republicans are planning yet another stunt -   or two - for 2012.  One will certainly be against the flag, which was the subject of stunts this year on Australia Day and in the year before on Anzac Day.

On next year's stunt, leading republican Peter FitzSimons has let the cat out of the bag.

On 27 November, in The Sun Herald, he referred to the American comedian and commentator, Stephen Colbert’s report on the recent visit to Australia of President Obama, and the announcement about the use of the Darwin facility by American marines. 

Stephen Colbert warned his listeners that Darwin could be another quagmire for the US.

''After all, Britain invaded 200 years ago - and they're still there.''

To which Mr. Fitzsimons says:

 “Never fear. AusFlag - devoted to getting Australia a flag of our own - had our annual general meeting on Tuesday evening and our campaign for next year will be moving up a gear.”




..other stunts...


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Paul Keating: To join Asia, shred your beloved flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Monday, 28 November 2011
As the party's national conference approaches, former Prime Minister Paul Keating says Labor will succeed if it pushes the republican agenda, repeating the mantra that to succeed in Asia we must turn the constitution upside down and shred our Australian flag.



But weren't they trying to do precisely that under his leadership when he lost the election in the 1996 landslide? Why should republicanism grow the Labor Party?  A minority of 28% of the nation's youth want it according to research by Morgan polling.  the republican movement is but a shadow of itself in the nineties.

Brendan Nicholson reported in The Australian (28/11) that Mr. Keating had explained that Labor had always been the party of conviction while the Liberals were a party of convenience."When the convictions drop, when the reason for being dissipates or becomes opaque, then the people prone to support Labor drift elsewhere," he said."We can't go round and say, 'By the way, we're borrowing the monarch of another country and, by the way, we're sharing her with 16 other countries and, by the way, we've got the Union Jack in the corner of our flag, but we're safe little Australians, we'll wave our flags, he told Channel 10'"The place has got to grow up.

"Things like the republic, the basis of a decent reconciliation, not pretending we have this great continent that is closed to everybody, these are the big issues that will get young people moving, getting people back to supporting the Labor Party."





...Queen's Birthday...

 

 Mr Nicholson reported that Paul Keating's comments came after a Labor senator urged a NSW Young Labor conference to back his push to get rid of the Queen's Birthday long weekend.  The report continued:Matt Thistlethwaite said that would be a symbolic first step towards restarting the move towards a republic.Australians for Constitutional Monarchy executive director Jai Martinkovits said Senator Thistlethwaite should recall that Australians overwhelmingly rejected a republic at the 1999 referendum.Julia Gillard's spokeswoman said the issue of the Queen's Birthday holiday was a matter for the states. The Prime Minister recognised that there was no consensus for a republic at present.

 

 
Paul Keating -Australians ordered to shred flag, become republic Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
   
 
 

Paul Keating says Australians must remove the Crown – their oldest institution - from the constitutional system and shred their Australian flag so that they may be part of Asia.

The former prime minister gives no evidence that the governments and peoples of Asia either expect this or that there would be any advantage in doing so. 

Indeed, it is more likely that changing the constitution, abandoning our allegiance to the throne and shredding the national flag in such a craven and infantile act merely to curry favour with foreign powers might receive the contempt which it would so obviously deserve.

When told by the ABC’s Leigh Sales that a lot of Australians aren't sold on this prescription, he leans forward and aggressive barks this order:

"They have to get sold on it.”

They have to get sold on it.

 In 1996, Mr Keating lost the Australian general election in a landslide.

 

[This is an extract from the 730 program broadcast on the ABC's national television network on 7 November 2011]

 

 
Paul Keating - waving that embarassing flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Wednesday, 09 November 2011
    
 
 

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, speaking here to the Sydney Writers Festival on 30 October 2011, declares that the major "geologic" events in Asia are the reason why Australia must become the republic we would now be had he not lost the lost the 1996 election.

During the course of the interview in front of an audience apparently mainly made up of supporters, he delivers a very personal attack on the Royal Family.

He suggests, with a gesture, that the House of Windsor is incapable of the renewal that former ALP leader and Governor-General Bill Hayden had recently described.



...major geologic changes...




He calls for a move to a politicians' republic on the basis of major "geologic" changes in Asia .

But he does not explain, nor does his audience or interviewer ask just what geologic changes in the structure of the Earth , especially its rocks, soil, and minerals, has to do with Australia making such a major constitutional change.


...embarassing flag....


 

He believes our trading partners are concerned that we are still attached to a "worn out old monarchy". Apparently trade is no longer about quality, delivery and price.

He confirms that he told The Queen on behalf of the Australian people that the Crown is "an anachronism".

He also attacks the flag as "embarrassing".

He tells Kerry O'Brien that had he been prime minister in 1999 he would have won the referendum which he says went down but "not badly". In fact, the referendum was lost nationally, in all states and 72% of electorates.

Had Mr Keating won the 1996 election, it would have been most unlikely neither that a constitutional convention would have been held. It is doubtful that Mr Keating would have allowed the equal funding of the Yes and No cases. He would not for example allow the appointment of any non-Republicans to the Republic Advisory Committee.

Indeed it is unlikley that the No case would have received any public funding from a Keating government.

I would have thought that this would have only confirmed in the minds of the Australian people that the republicans were up to something and this would have resulted in an even greater No vote.




...his republic...





Mr Keating claims ownership of the 1999 model, apparently approving the significant change Malcolm Turnbull made to it at the Constitutional Convention. This was that the president could be removed without notice, without reason and without any effective appeal

He describes how he had offered the Liberal Party a model which they should have accepted, one where the president retained the governor- general's reserve powers, the Senate could still block supply, and where the president was chosen as a joint sitting.

This was hardly a generous offer. Any change in the reserve powers on the blocking of supply or on the Senate's powers would have been most unlikely to be approved by the Australian people. Both Mr Keating and his predecessor Mr Bob Hawke were well aware of this. That is why they made no attempt whatsoever to initiate changes to these two aspects of the constitution.

 
Paul Keating slams Australia - and the Australian National Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Thursday, 03 November 2011

Can the person who privatised our bank and our airline, who introduced reforms which were a capitulation to the forces of greed, who gave us crippling interest rates and who finds the Australian flag an embarrassment please shut up or move to a republic, asks Bruce Mullinger of  Kurnell in  NSW in a letter published in The Australian (2/11)

He was responding to Paul Keating slamming our Australian National Flag at his book launch.

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He likened Australia to a child clasping at the Queen's coat-tails, waving an  “embarrassing little flag”  .

According to Vicki Champion in the Daily Telegraph (31/10) he said Australians were "people uncertain of their values, holding on to the Queen's coat-tails while waving those embarrassing flags" and were more alone now than at "any time in our history".

He said we had to find our security in Asia “... as ourselves, not as some derived society tied to an old and worn European monarchy, waving little flags with a Union Jack on the corner."
  ...anachronism...
 In his book, Mr. Keating describes meeting The Queen and telling her many Australians felt the monarchy was an anachronism that was becoming obsolete.  ( “Keating is the anachronism, not the monarchy,” 22/10)

 

...anachronism..

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When republicans banned the Australian Flag flying over Bondi Beach Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 September 2011
 

The coming Royal Visit led to a nostalgic look on Facebook at a great event during  first 1954 Royal tour, the Bondi Beach Surf Carnival. There were enormous crowds 40,000 at the beach and 60,000 at vantage points. (We'll post something on that very soon.)

But republican Bevan just had to post a note about this on ACM’s Facebook page. He claimed to be sorry for  those who couldn't get into the surf that day until the Queen and the Duke left.

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Well, our republican Bevan must have never been near a surf carnival.

Bevan, in Australia, we usually close the beach during a surf carnival. The beach stays closed even if the VIP’s leave.  

Bevvie, get over it.

The people said No in 1999. Bevvie, try and get out a bit. Trying to design a republican model must be getting you down. Go to a surf carnival and enjoy yourself.

Actually, Bondi featured twice in the push by republicans to change the flag and the constitution.  But for me Bondi and the referendum are intertwined.



...Bondi and 1999...



I often think of Bondi when I think of the 1999 referendum. First, one of our leading young monarchists handing out Vote No leaflets was attacked and spat on by republican campaigners at the polling booth at the beach.

Later Malcolm Turnbull, now the local member, conceded defeat somewhat prematurely on the evening of 6 November 1999. ACM, waiting at the Convention centre because the Sydney Council banned us from the Town Hall, wanted him to wait until the West Australian results came in.

As Kerry Jones explained, this would have been a courtesy to the people of that state, and acknowledgemnt that Australia is not just the inner elite parts of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne .

But Malcolm  insisted. In the course of his speech he said that if Prime Minister John Howard was remembered for anything, it would be as the man who broke the heart of the nation.

Looking across Bondi Beach on the following day, a Sunday, all I could see was a nation at play, happy in itself and comfortable in our Commonwealth.

The only tears shed the night before came from a handful of celebrities at the ARM victory parties, and perhaps from Mr. Turnbull.

You see, Malcolm's successor, Greg ,let the cat out of the bag when he later revealed that the other millionaire celebrities were tight fisted. Malcolm was overwhelmingly the principal benefactor of the republican movement.

 

 

...Mate for a Head of State...

 

Remember the disastrous “Mate for a head of state” stunt in 2005-2006?  Bondi featured there too. The high point was to be a series of “sausage sizzles” on the Sunday before Australia Day, 22 January 2006.

And what publicity they had had in the media! It must have been worth millions.


They had Peter FitzSimons and other media celebrities on side with a substantial media promotion. Some reports were balanced, for example, 2GB’s Jim Ball and Channel 7’s David Koch, both of whom ran stories where the other side is allowed to speak.    

So you would think with all that, in a city of over 4 million people and a state of about 7 million people, a few interested members of the public would have turned up for the main feature of the day, the widely advertised “Beachside Brunch & Sausage Sizzle”  between 10:30am-12:30pm in the Biddigal Reserve, a pleasant grassy rise just a hop step and jump to North Bondi Beach?    

The republican movement’s big guns duly arrived for their sizzle, commandeering the only public barbecues at the end of the beach. We wondered whether Waverley Council, still mired in the controversies over its ban on our Australian flag flying over the Bondi Pavilion, and charging lifesavers to park their cars, actually consented to moving out ordinary Australians for the purposes of this political campaign?  

So who turned up? An observer told us forty six, and a journalist from The Australian who interviewed me said “about fifty.”

But that included the republican big guns and the media! 


A protest went to The Australian. There were over 300. Sausages, that is. Were they republican sausages?   

 

...no Australian Flag may fly over Bondi, declare republicans.....


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Our National Flag and the ABC Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The ABCs publicity campaign for the 21 September instalment in its comedy series "At home with Julia", was controversial. The ABC chose to feature a scene in which the Prime Minister is on the floor with her partner in her office engaged in a sexual act, their bodies partially covered by an Australian flag .

Critics pointed out that this is a national symbol under which soldiers sailors and airmen have fought and paid to supreme sacrifice. It was said that the national broadcaster would most likely consider it culturally insensitive to use a foreign flag or the Aboriginal flag in similar circumstances.

It was also said that the programme demeaned the office of Prime Minister.

A Chinese media network told ACM that the Chinese would be shocked by reports of this program. You

This report was broadcast by the National TV network, Channel 9.
 
Australia v Ireland - The Anthems and the Flags - Rugby World Cup, 2011 Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Sunday, 18 September 2011

This clip is of the opening of the Rugby World Cup match between Australia and Ireland in Auckland on Saturday 17 September 2011.The teams enter led by their flag bearers and then two anthems are sung, the Australian National Anthem  and then a stirring song specially commissioned by the Irish Rugby Union, Ireland’s Call.

 The Irish Rugby Union is drawn from the three provinces of the Republic (Leinster, Munster and Connacht Branch) and the United Kingdom Province of Ulster. That is why they were led into the arena by two flagbearers.

At events outside of Ireland neither Amhrán na bhFiann, the anthem of the Republic of Ireland, nor God Save The Queen are played.  Ireland’s Call is now also used in other athletic competitions where there is an all-Ireland team, including cricket and athletics.




The first verse and the chorus are sung:

Come the day and come the hour
Come the power and the glory
We have come to answer our country's call
From the four proud provinces of Ireland

Ireland, Ireland
Together standing tall
Shoulder to shoulder
We'll answer Ireland's call
  

Ireland's rousing 15-6 win puts them at the top of the table. Warm congratulations to the Irish. 
(This was from the Fox Sports transmission) 
 
Australian Flag flies, Anthem booms in Rugby World Cup Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Monday, 12 September 2011

For the first time in the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup in Auckland New Zealand, the Australian National Flag flies and the National Anthem rings out across the stadium as the Wallabies play the Italian team.


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Australia beat Italy 32:6. This short clip is from the live broadcast by Fox Sports on 11 September opens with the Italian team just finishing their anthem . .

 

 

 
National Flag Day 2011...republican campaign to mislead the people Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Sunday, 04 September 2011

Why do Australian Republicans constantly try to mislead Australians about our flag? In this clip about the superb celebrations in Sydney organised by The Australian National Flag Association on 2 September 2011 for the birthday of our flag, you will see a leading republican claim that the King - and not the Australian people - chose our flag. This of course is completely untrue.

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[ After breaking out the Flag ]


And note, incidentally, that the republican flag changers do not tell the people what new flag they want. They just tell us about their hatred for the flag which has been with us from the very year in which the Commonwealth of Australia was born. 

In announcing the conditions of the Flag contest in the Commonwealth Government Gazette of 29 April 1901, our first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton said:

"The award of the Board (of Judges) will be final and the prize given in accordance with their decision, even if the design be not accepted by the Imperial authorities (in Great Britain)."

And that is what happened. The winning design was essentially the flag we see today which on 3 December 1901 was raised over the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne.

Later, on 20 February 1903 the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 8 announced that that King Edward VII had by Proclamation approved the design for the Flag of Australia. The King, of course, was acting as a constitutional monarch, that is on the advice of his ministers.  He certainly did not "choose the Australian flag."




...minor changes...




 

The flag was changed slightly in 1908 by the addition of a seventh point to the Federation Star to represent the Australian Territories. The other six points represented the Australian states.

On 2 December 1953   the Flags Act 1953
merely clarified that Australia's National Flag was in fact the Blue Ensign while the Red Ensign was to be flown at sea by Australian commercial ships.Yet the Australian Republican Movement,  against all the evidence denies generations of Australians fought  under the Australian Flag .

This is in their current campaign against the Australian Flag which can be found in their 2011 Essential Republic Handbook. They even claim there that “the current flag was not the flag during World War 1 or World War 2.”



This of course is as ridiculous as saying that the addition of a new star to United States flag to represent a new state means that this is a completely different flag.


  ...official finding - republicans misled the people... 





 

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