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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. 

 

 



Irish eyes are smiling Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 01 February 2012

Having been raised in Irish politics, wrote Philip O'Carroll from , Fitzroy North, Victoria in a letter to The Australian (1/2), I was never indoctrinated to love the English.

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 But knowing Australia was going to be claimed by some European power, I say we are lucky it was the British. We speak English, and from England inherited its superior legal system and centuries-deep democratic values.

The Union Jack says more about our way of life than anything else you could put in a corner of a flag.
 
I say let's proudly keep it.

 
Republican cringes at the Australian Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 28 January 2012

A republican call has been made in an Australia Day piece in The Australian both for a new flag and a new anthem (“Let's use our national day to set national goals and make our country stronger,” 28/1).

It is proposed these be unveiled with the inauguration of a (politicians’) republic.

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Pending the realisation of some vague undefined politicians’ republic  a “distant prospect” Australia Day should be “reshaped”.

 The proposer is Troy Bramston, a former adviser and speechwriter to Kevin Rudd , a former President of NSW Young Labor and Secretary and Vice President of the NSW Fabian Society. A frequent commentator he is a prominent republican.

He worked for years with the Australia Day Council and claims the Australia Day address was his idea, which explains a lot.

Was it his idea to invite and English knight, Sir Michael Parkinson, to tell us to become a republic?




...purge symbols...

He wants a purge of all of our national symbols, and cringes every time he sees the Australian Flag. 

He very carefully does not repeat the usual republican untruth that Australians did not fight under the National Flag during the world wars.

He says it was not the ”sole” flag, using the artifice that the blue ensign was not “official “until legislation in 1953.

This is not so. It was approved under the Royal Prerogative in 1903. This was announced in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 8 of 1903 which states that King Edward VII approved the essential designs for the flag of Australia, known as the Commonwealth blue ensign, and for the flag of the merchant navy, known as the Commonwealth red ensign.


...Presidential visit to the House..

Mr Bramston has another proposal – one which will make most Australians laugh at its naïveté - to bring to Australia the US President’s State of the Union address to “set national policy goals for the year ahead and articulate a unifying vision for the nation.”

A unifying vision? 

 It is typical of republicans that they have little appreciation of the differences between a politicians’ republic  like the US and our crowned republic.
 

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Flying the flag not racist Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Drivers who fly Australian flags on their cars to celebrate Australia Day are "more racist" than people who do not, concludes Univeristy of Western sociologist and anthropologist Professor Farida Fozdar. These conclusions were reported by Todd Cardy in PerthNow (24/1).

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 This rather curious exercise involved Professor Fozdar and a team of assistants surveying 513 people at the Australia Day fireworks on Perth's Swan River foreshore last year to find out whether there was a link between flag flying and racist attitudes. 

There are three points to make about this survey.  

First it is not, nor does it claim to be, a scientific assessment.  It should not be treated as an accurate assessment of the opinion of those who fly flags from their cars and those who don't .

Second, rather than racism, this survey is more likely to be an indication of the difference between those who are extroverts and those who are not.  People who fly the national flag from their car are more likely to be willing to declare their opinion on important issues.  The act of flying the flag is a public declaration of patriotism.  People who do not should not be assumed to be unpatriotic, there are more likely to be less extroverted.  They will be less inclined to declare their opinions to perfect strangers, and perhaps be tempted to give an opinion which they think will please the interviewer.

Third, an affirmative answer to most if not all of the questions should not be interpreted as necessarily racist.  For example, many people believe that the nation's most important values are in danger.  To believe this is not to necessarily racist.  It is a view held by a number of people of non-Anglo-Saxon origin. 




....the survey....





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Voice of republic and New Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Wednesday, 07 December 2011

The Age is probably Australia's most aggressively republican newspaper, but one still published under a royalist banner. The newspaper takes the view that as our Australian Flag is doomed under a politicians' republic, we might as well shred it now.

It was interesting then to see Neil Brown's comments about the newspaper in his column in Spectator Australia (26/11)on a speech given recently by Greg Hywood, the CEO of Fairfax.


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 “I suppose that when your company owns what it refers to as one of the world’s great newspapers and its circulation is down to 195,000, you have to find an excuse for this decline,” he writes.He says that Mr. Hywood’s explains that readership is many times higher than circulation and, hence, more important.

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[ Once a journal of record ]
In addition, Neil Brown says The Age has clearly adopted the tactic  that if the product is so bad that people will not pay for it, you should just give it away, thus boosting the phantom circulation and readership numbers at the same time. “This is why you can scarcely move in Melbourne these days without having a free copy of the Age thrust at you,” he adds.





...repelling readers...




He says there is something about the Age itself that is repelling so many people and encouraging them to buy a different newspaper or none at all.

“It is not just that the Age is clearly now so left-wing, automatically alienating many people, but that it advocates a dreamy idealistic world of political correctness, refugee rights, government controls, support for every new tax that can be imagined, extreme environmentalism and anything else on the Greens’ agenda.

“Its predictability in supporting every such cause has made the paper so boring to average readers that they will not buy it and will not even read it for longer than it takes to pick up a caffe latte in Chapel Street.”He thinks that the plan to post the written output of his journalists into a dazzling array of so-called platforms,  will probably not work.

 “Depression, “ he says “ is just as contagious if spread through an iPhone or a newspaper. “  
 
 
Warning: stunt alert. Australia Day Councils on notice Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
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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