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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. 

 

 



Don't even think of changing our beautiful Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 25 January 2015

Here's a splendid defence of our flag by our young executive director Jai Martinkovits in the Australia Day edition of the Dubbo Weekender:

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If there is one thing that unites Australians young and old, it’s a love of their Flag and all that it represents.

In fact, in a recent poll, Roy Morgan Research put support among the youngest age group, 14 to 17, as high as 80%, with 7% undecided. And support across all age brackets was found to be 69%, with 5% undecided.

...Australia Day...


This weekend, Aussies right across the country are celebrating our national birthday – Australia Day. As well as appreciating a good excuse for a holiday, Aussies will take a moment to reflect on our glorious way of life, which so many of our forebears fought and died to protect.


It has been said that the success of any nation – or, shall we say, it’s way of life – is dependent upon the quality of its institutions. And it’s those very institutions and values which have so clearly allowed our nation to prosper, which are encapsulated in our National Flag of “Stars and Crosses”.


It is truly the people’s Flag – proudly adopted in 1901 following the results of a public competition, which attracted more than 32,000 entries.

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Sneaky plan to ditch Australian flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Monday, 09 June 2014
Once again, the republicans have let the cat out of the bag. They've learned their lesson of the 90s. There are two fundamental points.

 The first is sneaky - leave changing the flag until after they have achieved a politicians' republic.

The second  is that their only argument is about  an Australian head of state.

That's why ACM's consistent argument that we already have an Australian head of state is so important.

We would not argue this if it were not correct. We have very strong legal advice that the Governor-General is the Australian head of state.

If you have any doubt that this is and will always be the republicans' only serious argument, just look at the official Yes case in the 1999 referendum.

It's not argued once there. It's argued nine times. The republicans laboured this as the referendum approached. By then they had  abandoned all of their other arguments.

 

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....the policy....

 

 

The chief media flag bearers of republicanism these days are The Sydney Morning Herald and the Age.

On 30 May 2014 they gave their aside a full page for their current chief Republican strategist  Rhys Muldoon piece to editorialise on  the gist of the current Republican campaign.This no doubt represents the views of the broadsheets.


He wrote: ''Yet I, for one, think it wise to hold off on debate over the flag. While I think our flag is very attractive, it would, of course, have to change. To what, I don’t know. But I do think the flag design can come later. At the moment the question is very simple, and should be simple. It is this: Do we want an Australian head of state? That’s it. Yes or No. If we agree that we do, we then move forward. But let’s not get lost in the whos and hows just yet.''

Sneaky isn't it? And note the absolute centrality of the head of state argument.

 
 
Foreign newspaper pushes flag change Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 29 March 2014

Now New Zealanders have a powerful foreigner telling them what to do about their Flag.  Just as Australians had the IRA's Jerry Adams telling them to vote Yes in 1999.

The New Zealand Flag has attracted the ire of the New York Times.  
And they're warning Aussies who'll be next.

''Mavbe one less Union Jack'' declares the imperial headline on their editorial of 21 March 2014. That says it all. ''Mavbe one less Union Jack''

The Times says the present flag  proclaims New Zealand as a South Pacific outpost of the British Empire, and quotes  critics who say it is too like the Australian flag. 

 

 

 Photo: Now New Zealanders have a powerful foreigner telling them what to do about their Flag.  Just as Australians had the IRA's Jerry Adams telling them to vote Yes in 1999. The New Zealand Flag has attracted the ire of the New York Times.   And they're  warning Aussies who'll be next.   ''Mavbe one less Union Jack'' declares the imperial headline.  Says it all. ''Mavbe one less Union Jack''

 

 
Surely they are not serious Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 27 March 2014

This proposed new flag is described as an "inclusive flag symbolising reconciliation".

Imagine its fate in a referendum. Perhaps it could be used as a beach towel.


 The designer, Dr John Blaxland, spoke  with Tom Elliott on 3AW. The post says there has been a lot of talk about it. You can listen to the interview here

  

 

 

 
New Zealanders overwhelmingly opposed to ditching their Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 20 March 2014

Unlike the Keating government in Australia, when the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key wanted to change the flag,  he agreed that the final decision should be with the New Zealand people in a referendum to be held to coincide with the September election.

In this briefing, David Flint says the PM was no doubt surprised that he had little support from the New Zealand people almost three quarters of whom  are opposed to his plan to ditch the NZ Flag.

Realising that if he went ahead with the referendum, it would not only be lost but could become the major issue and therefore result in losses to his party. 

So he has had to backtrack and postpone  the referendum to sometime during the next term.

 
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