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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. 

 

 



Flags of Australia address Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 23 April 2011

THE PRESIDENT & COMMITTEE of the        

The English-Speaking Union
(New South Wales Branch)              

extend an invitation to you and your guests to a


Luncheon

 ON:Tuesday 3 May 2011 

AT: Noon for 12.30 pm

IN: the
Elizabeth Room 

AT: The Sir Stamford at Circular Quay
93 Macquarie Street Sydney 

(Between Albert & Bridge Streets)

Guest Speaker:

John Christian Vaughan

                                                               


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Pigs might fly Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 26 March 2011
The split in the republican movement continues unabated.

This surfaced the republican movement vice chair and media director furiously wrote  to me and accusing me of lying.

All I had done - on the basis of what the movement's deputy chairr said on national television - was that the republican movement seemed to be reconsidering decision on a campaign for a plebiscite during the Royal Wedding.

The movement’s second most senior  officer has now defiantly gone into the media to push the campaign - the one  which their media director says they don't have and have  proposed.

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[ I say campaign during the wedding! No wait until I've worked out my model republic!]



Writing in the Canberra Times on Thursday 24 March (“King William? No thank you”) Professor John Warhurst, deputy leader of the republican movement declares his unequivocal support for this campaign:

“As the Royal wedding looms, there is no better time than now to dethrone the monarchy and for Australia to finally become a republic.”

The message could not be clearer. Professor Warhurst says he even delivered the very same message the day before to school students at a national convention in Canberra.

 So not only are republicans irreconcilably divided over the form of some unknown  politicians’ republic they would foist on a reluctant and disinterested nation, they are now shown to be divided over tactics and strategy.

 





...you’re only a PTIBBI...




 The republican movement has made two allegations about me.

 First, that I am a PTIBBI.

That is “perma-tanned Indonesian born blow in”.

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[ Guess which one is the PTIBBI ]



These comments tell us much about those who make them. 

 




...you lied...

 





Second, the movement said  I lied twice.

One was when  I said that Gerry Adams,  who denies any involvement with the Irish Republican Army, came to Australia to campaign for the yes case in 1999. Which he did.

The other allegation of lying relates to the present evident dysfunction in the movement concerning whether or not they campaign for a republic to coincide with the Royal wedding.

And they ask the Australian people to trust them with an unknown politicans' republic and an unknown new flag.


 By the way, they do say they are no longer going after the Australian  flag.

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Official: Republicans misled TV viewers about our Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Just before ANZAC Day last year 2010 leading republicans Ray Martin and Peter FitzSimons launched a well planned media assault on the Australian National Flag.

This began with a meeting at the Leichardt Town Hall in Sydney.

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Extracts were included in a segment of a Sixty Minutes programme broadcast nationally across the Nine Network.

To add to the provocation, the broadcast was on the evening of ANZAC Day, 2010.

The nation was outraged. The network was no doubt delighted by the ratings.

(You can read about the programme in the five principal reports on this site listed below in Schedule 1 below. There are in fact 15 reports in which we have referred to Ray Martin’s campaign - they are listed below in Schedule 2  below. Extracts from the official ruling follow. )



...official ruling....



The programme repeated some of the republican myths about our Australian National Flag. Now, two of those concerning the origin of our Flag have been exposed as completely untrue.

This was an attempt to denigrate the origins of our Flag and that there was an unwritten rule requiring entrants to include the Union Jack in any flag submitted.
 

 ACMA, the Federal government’s broadcasting regulator  ruled on15 February 2011 that the programme was misleading. (Investigation Report No. 2450. File No.ACMA2010/1515 Queensland Television Ltd)

ACM says the broadcaster failed to present factual material accurately.

This means that the republican case for flag change is based on myth.

 


...Ray Martin’s claim...


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The Eureka Myth Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by John Christian Vaughan   
Friday, 04 March 2011
The development of a ‘national flag’ was related to the victory at Trafalgar as Royal Navy’s White Ensign used exclusively at the sea battle was admired as the banner of the World’s supreme force that protected the ‘crimson threat’ of British Subjects in the vast and growing Empire.

 By the 1820s the constellation of stars, the Southern Cross was acknowledged as a patriotic symbol by many of the new settlers and was then woven into many Aboriginal legends.

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A local patriot, Captain John Bingle and his friend, Captain John Nicholson RN, Harbour Master of Sydney designed the first flag of ‘stars and crosses’ in 1823/24 known as the Australian National Colonial Flag.

 It was said to have been officially adopted by the then Governor of New South Wales.


The attractive design featured the naval White Ensign emblazoned with four stars of the Southern Cross. Australia had acquired a flag symbol that was to inspire hearts and minds and eventually lead to a unique public competition that resulted in our Australian National Flag in 1901.



...Australian Federation Flag...

 

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By 1831 a variant of first Southern Cross flag had been drawn up by Captain Nicholson. It was illustrated in the 1832 NSW Calendar and Post Office Gazette.

The new Australian flag , known initially as the New South Wales Ensign and later the Australian Federation Flag was based on a White Ensign pattern with a central blue cross where five, eight pointed stars dominated the design.

This Southern Cross flag, popular though unofficial, was honoured as the ‘national’ flag of Australia for some seventy years.

 It was runner-up in the competition for the Australian National Flag in 1901 and strongly influenced other designs including the Australasian League flag 1851, Murray River 1853 and Eureka Stockade flag, 1854.




...Eureka myth...



It is a myth that the Eureka flag flown at the stockade rebellion in 1854 was the first Southern Cross emblem.

The acknowledged designer, Henry Ross of Toronto, Canada, would have been influenced by the popularity of already existing starry flags and the 1831 design had its colours reversed to a blue field and white cross and the Union Jack deleted.

 The Eureka flag was lost to general public imagination until after WW11 when, for mainly political reasons it was re-discovered and promoted as a ‘rebel’ symbol.
In the latter decades of the 1800s notable patriots arose such as Sir Henry Parkes who focused attention on the benefits of Australian Federation.

 Campaigning succeeded in the creation of a new nation, the Commonwealth of Australia on 1 January 1901 and Australians democratically chose, from 32,823 entries the Australian National Flag on 3 September 1901 now proudly celebrated annually as Australian National Flag Day.
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Everything you want to know about the Flag. Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
John Vaughan, who so ably leads the Australian National Flag Association, told listeners everything they wanted to know about the Australian Flag on the  ABC’s Radio Overnight programme, Talking Point.

This was  broadcast on 14 February 2011.

Mr.Vaughan was interviewed by Trevor Chappell.


You may hear the programme here. 

And to the cranky flag changer  whom you can hear towards the end of the programme, Australia is and has long been well and truly independent.


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