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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. 

 

 



Call to trash flag and repeat multi million dollar referendum Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 06 April 2013
 

In the April May issue of the magazine for seniors, 50 Something, Rosemary Desmond talks with journalist, author and prominent republican flag changer Peter FitzSimons. On one page there’s a very nice full page photograph of Peter FitzSimons and his family outside Mawson’s house in Antarctica.

Among the questions are “You’ve interviewed every Australian Prime Minister from Gough Whitlam to Julia Gillard. Who was the most s memorable and why?”

Peter FitzSimons chooses Gough Whitlam and Paul Keating who is “an absolute standout.... He put us on the road to a republic, even though we have not yet achieved it.”

...republic...


Another question is the inevitable one, whether, after the end of the reign, Australia will become a republic.

We have to become a republic.…tomorrow,” he insists. “ I find it completely ludicrous that in the 21st century, we are still stuffing around with system that has an English woman is the head of state,” ignoring the fact that the Governor–General is head of state.


He says he would simply “change one thing. The Prime Minister selects the Governor- General and instead of getting the Queen to sign off on that, we should get the Australian Parliament to sign off on it and everything proceeds as before.”

But, Mr FitzSimons, millions and millions of dollars of taxpayers funds were diverted from such matters as yet schools and hospitals for the republicans to come up with me he will be made with just that model. Most of the politicians and the media barracked for it in the referendum but when it actually went to the vote, it was rejected nationally, in every state, and in 72% of electorates.

You might as well flush the millions and millions of dollars this will cost down the drain. But the republicans won't be paying. Once again it will be the taxpayers. The republicans have been very smart int pushing their costs onto the taxpayer. To date there have been twelve - twelve- votes and inquiries.

And if you read my 1999 book Cane Toad Republic, Mr. FitzSimons, you’ll see that whenever the same question has been put again in a referendum – even up to 5 times - the people have never changed their mind.

Mr FitzSimons makes two other points. Just like the former New South Wales Premier now Foreign Minister Bob Carr, he’d have the President still called Governor-General at least at the beginning. Bob Carr it isn’t a good person to follow in matters concerning the Crown. He made the disastrous error of turfing the Governor out of Government House.

This was so very unpopular Paul Keating blames it for his losing the 1996 election.

The other point is that he still wants to get rid of our Flag. He points out he is on the board of the Aussie flag trashers, AUSFLAG. Knowing the Australian people just don’t want to change their flag, their latest strategy is to try and slip in a separate sporting flag for the Olympics, the Ashes and things like that.

Nobody has fallen for that.

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Republican flag changers: Just tell the truth Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint and Luke Hantzis   
Sunday, 24 February 2013

A frequent myth perpetrated by republicans is that the national competition for our national flag required that the Union Jack be part of the design.

Their massive 2010 offensive culminated in a 60 Minutes programme. This was  broadcast nationally over the Channel 9 network - and with remarkable arrogance - on ANZAC Eve 2010. 

Leading republican Ray Martin repeated this myth, but was caught out - and not only on this, as our report "Official:Republicans misled TV viewers over Flag" reveals.


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[Sir Edmund Barton ]


Mr. Allan Pigeon,President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian National Flag Association filed  a meticulously argued complaint  with the television regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority. They upheld the complaint and found the programme had misled the public.

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[ Sir Edmund Barton, daughter Stephanie, and Lady Barton - Source Daily Telegraph ]

 

..official rules... 

 

 

The rules for the competition follow:

 

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette Number 27 (1901) 

Commonwealth of Australia

Prime Minister's Office

29th April, 1901

Design for a Federal Flag

 

The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia invite competitive designs for a Federal Flag, such designs to be forwarded by post or otherwise not later than the 31st May, 1901.  

The designs will be judged by a Board to be appointed by the Federal Government for the purpose, and a sum of £75 will be paid to the designer of that selected as the best.  

Each competitor will be required to forward two coloured sketches--one for the merchant service, and one for naval or official use--not less than 6 inches by 3 inches in size.  

All designs must be indorsed on the cover "Commonwealth Flag," and must be addressed to "The Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, Melbourne."  

Each design must bear a motto or nom de plume, and must be accompanied by a sealed envelope bearing on its face the motto or nom de plume with which the designer signed, and enclosing the name and address of the designer.  

The successful design will be submitted to the Imperial authorities.  

The award of the Board, however, will be final, and the prize will be given in accordance with their decision, even if the design be not accepted by the Imperial authorities.

Edmund Barton

   
 
Adman flag changer Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 17 February 2013

Most readers of the journal Spectator Australia would have been annoyed to see in their 2013 Australia Day issue a piece by advertising executive and ABC panellist Russell Howcroft.

This was a promotion pure and simple of Ausflag’s latest act of desperation, its so-called “sporting flag”.  This would be an embarrassment even as a  beach towel. 

It has an enormous Southern Cross on a blue background, no Federation Star and two clashing over- wide stripes, green and orange, on one side.  

You will appreciate that the colours don’t exactly go with one another. It is a ghastly mess

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The fact is that Ausflag is obviously exasperated that since it began its campaign to shred our Australian flag change, support for the flag has only strengthened.

So the latest tactic is to slip in this sort of sporting flag to be used, they say, only on sporting occasions. This is of course just the thin edge of the wedge.

If they ever persuaded the nation  to fly this monstrosity on sporting occasions, they’d soon be campaigning for it to replace the Australian flag.

Their unsubtle argument is that people get confused by the similarities between the Australian and New Zealand flags and the fact that the union Jack appears on both.

It doesn’t seem to matter that European tricolours are very confusing indeed and certainly lacked the individuality of the Australian, New Zealand and British flags.
The republicans at Ausflag couldn’t care less what Australia’s flag is, provided it doesn’t have the detested Union Jack on it. In the same way the the only thing they can agree on about the Constitution is that the foundation institutions, the Australian Crown, must be stripped from it.

 

 

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Republican movement leader condemns Australian Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 11 February 2013

A former chairman of the Australian Republican Movement, and its National Campaign Director during the referendum, has come out and confirmed what everyone knows.

The republican agenda is  both to bring on some sort of politicians’ republic and to change the Flag.

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Greg Barns still speaks for the ARM as the links to videos at the foot of this report demonstrate. He writes  writes on the ABC website The Drum that to be fully integrated into Asia, Australia and New Zealand must fundamentally change their constitutions and shred their flags.

Why should we do this?  Because Mr. Barns has decided, unilaterally, that they say to Asia say to Asia that “we hanker after the colonial past.” Presumably our attachment to the rule of law, the Westminster system and to our language, do not create a similar impression.

I have travelled in Asia. My mother was born there. I have never been told by any Asian, ministers, judges, editors , journalists  or anybody else that we hanker after our colonial past, that we must change our constitution or shred our flag.Mr. Barns and the ARM are “verballing” all Asia to slip through their agenda to ram a politicians’ republic down our throats and to shred our Australian Flag.



...full integration...



 Mr. Barns says that when it comes to Asia, do not “walk the walk” -whatever that means.

And does “full integration” mean something like the European Union as Kevin Rudd proposes?

Let us hope that before we are rushed into that the people are first asked in a referendum whether they want to enter such a union.





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Shock ABC republic, flag change prime time TV promotion Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 05 February 2013

The ABC promoted shredding our flag and changing to a politicians’ republic in a curious segment  in  its flagship current affairs programme, Q&A.


Tim Levinson is also known as Urthboy, a hip hop artist and manager of record label, Elefant Traks. He appeared on the ABC’s Q&A programme on 4 February 2013, the first for the year.  Other panellists were Coalition politician Christopher Pyne, former Coalition politician Amanda Vanstone, Labor politician David Bradbury , and journalist , author and feminist Anne Summers.

Although moving to a politicans’ republic was not mentioned on the programme the chairman Tony Jones did so in a special mention at the end when he invited Mr. Levenson to sing in an American accent a ditty entitled “Empire Tags.”  

Most if not all members of the panel are republicans. Ms. Vanstone and Mr. Pyne are outspoken supporters of some form of politicans' republic. Certainly, no known defender of our constitution or flag was there.

Readers may wonder why the ABC is promoting these issues.

 
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