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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. 

 

 



David Morris Australian Flag bearer Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 22 February 2014

Aerial Skiing silver medallist David Morris has been named Australian Flagbearer for the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony, reports Taya Conomos on the Australian Olympic Team website, 22 February 2014.

Morris, Australia’s one and only male aerials medallist, was offered the position by Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman yesterday and had to keep it a secret until it was revealed this morning in Sochi.

It’s a privilege, I’ve always dreamed of this. It’s awesome,” said Morris, who spoke to media with the Australian flag draped around him.

To be selected to represent the Team and what we stand for is just amazing.”

The 29-year-old dual Olympian is one of the most charismatic members of the Team. Since leaping to an inspired silver medal, Morris has been out supporting his teammates every day sporting an Australian flag on his back- you could say he’s been practicing.

I watched Chumpy in the Opening Ceremony- he did a very good job," he said adding ''maybe I'll dance.''

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
Our Flag and New Zealand's Print E-mail
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Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 01 February 2014

Republican flag changers say we must trash our Australian Flag because its similarities with the NZ Flag. 


  So what - we speak the same language and our laws are similar. Should we change them too?


 Just look how similar these flags are.  Not one is as beautiful as ours nor indeed as meaningful.


 None comes even close.

 

And remember, republican politicians in the nineties planned to change our flag without our consent.

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(Note: This image from ANFA contains the flag of the former Yugoslavia and the former flag of Belarus)

 

 
Part of our collective identity Print E-mail
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Written by Senator Cory Bernardi   
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Our flag is part of our collective identity.

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Within its weave, its colours and its design is the entire history of our nation and the people have called it their ''home''. Changing symbols that go to the core of the national identity are not  reform; changes such as these are an act of vandalism, a radical assault on the foundations on which our country has grown to be the envy of other regional  neighbours.

Abolishing the flag is essentially a repudiation of principles on which our great stress placing us like with another and involves much more than just updating a design or airbrushing  out our British heritage; it would inflict the woes of an amnesiac upon us all – like forgetting one's parents.

Only the radical is wilfully and maliciously forsaking his patrimony; this is a moral crime, and one which a people will ultimately pay for by a loss of community consciousness, and therefore a loss of direction.

 

[Senator  Cory Bernardi, The Conservative Revolution, 2013, Connor Court,  Ballarat, pages 90-91]

 

 

 

 
Republican model proposed - ACM refuses support Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by ACM   
Monday, 20 January 2014

Since the referendum, the Australian Republican Movement has studiously avoided revealing what changes they are planning for both the Constitution and the Flag. Up to 1999 they indicated they wanted a model where the politicians chose and controlled the president. From the floor of the Convention the ARM invited everyone to view an exhibition of new flags which was being put on at the same time.

We refused to be even seen there.

Then as the referendum approached the ARM openly supported a travelling exhibition of new flags. Notably absent from each exhibition was the Australian National Flag. But the ARM endorsed travelling exhibition included an obscene homophobic racist flag.

Now the ARM steadfastly refuses to reveal one word of the changes they are proposing to the Constitution. They pretend that the Flag is not one of their targets, but the republican standard bearer, The Age has let the cat out of the bag over this. The Age says that no one seriously believes that the Flag will survive a (politicians') republic, and since that is inevitable we might as well change it now.



But now a new proponent of republican change has emerged, and he has a model. He sought ACM's support, but we have of course refused.

 
The Flag - Our Entire History Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Senator Cory Bernardi   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Our flag is part of our collective identity.

Within its weave, its colours and its design is the entire history of our nation and the people have called it their ''home''.

Changing symbols that go to the core of the national identity are not  reform; changes such as these are an act of vandalism, a radical assault on the foundations on which our country has grown to be the envy of other regional  neighbours.

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Abolishing the flag is essentially a repudiation of principles on which our great stress placing us like with another and involves much more than just updating a design or airbrushing  out our British heritage; it would inflict the woes of an amnesiac upon us all – like forgetting one's parents.

Only the radical is wilfully and maliciously forsaking his patrimony; this is a moral crime, and one which a people will ultimately pay for by a loss of community consciousness, and therefore a loss of direction.

[Senator  Cory Bernardi, The Conservative Revolution, 2013, Connor Court,  Ballarat]

 
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