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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. 

 

 



First republican campaign for 2013 - shred the Aussie Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 03 January 2013

Well-known republican, Harold Scruby, has launched the first republican campaign of 2013. He told AAP’s Daniel Fogarty that an announcement by the Fijian Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, that the country will change its flag is “embarrassing” for Australia.

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[ Australians serving under the Flag in the First World War]



Harold Scruby was a noted campaigner for the Yes case in the 1999 referendum, calling for the cleansing of the electoral role of Australian residents who were British citizens.

Following the current republican strategy of hiding from the people what changes they want to the Constitution,  Mr. Scruby does not say what new flag he is pushing to replace our Australian flag.


...hogwash....



In an editorial on the nation’s leading talkback program on the Macquarie Radio Network,  Andrew Moore said he wished Ausflag would just go away.

Harold Scruby’s announcement that Australia was somehow embarrassed was, he said, “hogwash”.

On the one hand republicans claim all Australians will be united under politicians’ republic,” said  Jai Martinkovits, ACM’s Executive Director, “but on the other hand they seek to undermine the national symbol of our unity, our Australian Flag.”  

Bert Lane from the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA) has told AAP said the current flag reflects our history and that it was a "stupid statement" to say it was embarrassing that Fiji would be changing their flag before Australia.




...destroy our Flag and our heritage ...


 

"Ausflag, they want to destroy the Australian flag," said Mr Lane, the immediate past president of ANFA Western Australia."A lot of people love our flag. The symbolism on the Australian national flag - we have the Union Jack to talk about our heritage and our history ... we have have the Southern Cross on there to identify our place on the face of the earth."

Mr Lane said the Australian flag was the only flag to be designed by the people, for the people, in a competition that attracted 32,823 entries.He said there was also a lot of military history and pride attached to the current Australian flag.

The overwhelming majority of Australians will agree.

...the ARM link...

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Flag Day, 3 September, 2012 Print E-mail
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Written by ACM   
Sunday, 02 September 2012
 

The Australian National Flag Association will hold its annual rallies in support of the Flag on Monday 3 September, 2012.  Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the birthday of our Australian Flag.

In Sydney, a massive Australian National Flag will be unfurled over Martin Place. The rally begins at noon.

The Woolloware High School Band will play. Entertainer Dianna Hammond will be MC and vexillographer John Vaughan will speak. Details of the events in Queesland may be seen here and in Western Australia here.

 

 

 


 
Australia's Flag - Did you know? Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 30 August 2012

 

• The Australian National Flag is the only flag to fly over an entire continent.

• The Australian Flag was the first national flag chosen in an open public competition.

• The prize for the design competition (£200) was a substantial sum of money in those days – representing nearly a years’ wages for an average worker.

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Spoilers target London Olympics Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Sunday, 05 August 2012

The republicans just can't help themselves. Instead of actually working out what they want and then putting it to the Australian people they prefer to mount a series of stunts. But why try to spoil the Olympics?

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While the country is concentrating on supporting the Australian team at the Olympics, the republicans have stooped to trying to spoil this great event just to achieve their negative and destructive agenda.

They are doing this with an unsubtle pincer movement.


One side of the pincer is to attack our Australian Flag. The other is the Constitution, which - whatever its faults - is one of the world’s most successful.



..Republican attack on our Flag at the Olympics...


Republicans hate our flag and want to shred it. But they consistently refuse to say what their preferred new flag is.

In his Sun-Herald (5/8) column, the leading republican Peter FitzSimons targets the wonderful Australians women's rowers, Sarah Tate and Kate Hornsey who won silver in London. The British were first and the New Zealanders third. So the beautiful flags of the three countries were raised.

But here is a video by the republicans blatantly using this moment to campaign against our flag.







Instead of rejoicing in the great performance of the Australians, the republicans complain about the similarities between the three flags.

Have they looked at other flags? The Australian National Flag Association has. Here they are.



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...using the Olympics to campaign against our constitution....


Apart from the Flag, the republicans are targeting our Constitution at the Olympics. Then they want to get rid of the crown, an integral part of the constitution. But since 1999 they steadfastly refuse to say what precisely will be in the new constitution.

Australians should not forget the politicians’ republic they tried to impose in 1999. Remember, it was the best model which the best minds in the republican movement could design. They had teams of constitutional lawyers, professors of law and politics, judges, attorneys-general, Queen’s Counsel, barristers to draw on.

And you, dear taxpayer, paid for it. The process cost millions and millions of dollars, diverted from education, health, water and any other worthwhile budget.

And what did they come up with? They produced the only republic in the world – indeed in recorded history --where a prime minister could sack the president at any time, without reason, without notice and without appeal.

What possible justification was there for the republicans to try to give any prime minister such dictatorial powers?

Australians should also ask themselves why was the media/ political establishment was so strongly in favour of turning any prime minister into a potential dictator? If you know the answer, we suggest you post it to the Facebook version of this comment.

In addition the republicans constantly repeat their fabrication that The Queen don't support Australia, ignoring the receptions she has given over the years to support Australian athletes.

Speaking to Channel 9 presenter, Leila McKinnon, at the London Olympics, Prince William and Prince Harry praised the prowess of the women's rowing pair Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley. Prince William and Catherine met Australian athletes, and were photographed by AAP with Australian slalom silver medallist Jessica Fox.



There’s a time and a place for everything. And there is no place for political stunts during the Olympics.

Instead of being such spoilers, why don’t the republicans go on a retreat and work out just what new constitution and what new flag they are proposing?

Apart from the Flag, the republicans are targeting our Constitution at the Olympics. Then they want to get rid of the crown, an integral part of the constitution. But since 1999 they steadfastly refuse to say what precisely will be in the new constitution.

Australians should not forget the politicians’ republic they tried to impose in 1999. Remember, it was the best model which the best minds in the republican movement could design. They had teams of constitutional lawyers, professors of law and politics, judges, attorneys-general, Queen’s Counsel, barristers to draw on.

And you, dear taxpayer, paid for it. The process cost millions and millions of dollars, diverted from education, health, water and any other worthwhile budget.

And what did they come up with? They produced the only republic in the world – indeed in recorded history --where a prime minister could sack the president at any time, without reason, without notice and without appeal.

What possible justification was there for the republicans to try to give any prime minister such dictatorial powers?

Australians should also ask themselves why was the media/ political establishment was so strongly in favour of turning any prime minister into a potential dictator? If you know the answer, we suggest you post it to the Facebook version of this comment.

In addition the republicans constantly repeat their fabrication that The Queen don't support Australia, ignoring the receptions she has given over the years to support Australian athletes.

Speaking to Channel 9 presenter, Leila McKinnon, at the London Olympics, Prince William and Prince Harry praised the prowess of the women's rowing pair Kim Crow and Brooke Pratley. Prince William and Catherine met Australian athletes, and were photographed by AAP with Australian slalom silver medallist Jessica Fox.

 

...a time and a place...



There’s a time and a place for everything. And there is no place for political stunts during the Olympics.

Instead of being such spoilers, why don’t the republicans go on a retreat and work out just what new constitution and what new flag they are proposing?

 
Australian National Flag Day Luncheon, Hobart 3 September Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Monday, 09 July 2012

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A flyer can be uploaded here.

 
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