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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. 

 

 



The republican plan to change the flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 06 December 2006

ImageThe republicans are extraordinary. Without a mandate they want to remove all the symbols of the Australian Crown - an institution they see as a constraint on republican politicians.  The republican movement is now coy about what sort of republic they want. The answer is quite clear. Any republic will do. Republicans recently attacked the anthem and they definitely plan to change the flag. The republican newspaper The Age has said so. The republican flag changers deliberately ran dead during the 1999 republican referendum campaign to assist the republican case. There strategy was to change the flag after we became a republic, but not to tell the people of this.  In those days, a plebiscite was not necessary. Parliament could of course repeal the requirement that there be one.  If you have any doubts about the republicans’ strategy to change the flag after a republic is attained, but to pretend this will not happen under a republic, this extract fro the ABC AM programme archive of Tuesday 24 August, 1999 reveals all. And remember, the Keating government was planning to change the flag before the Centenary of Federation -- without the people having a vote. None of the flag changers wanted legislation for a plebiscite, although they could hardly oppose it when John Howard introduced it. All flag changers are republican, and at the time of the referendum, all republicans - at least those leading the campaign- were flag changers. The ABC transcript is headed: “Ausflag says republic should bring a change of flag.”

 

 

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Paul Keating and The Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 22 November 2006
The Honourable Paul Keating remains active in Australian politics. He campaigned strongly against the recent changes to federal media law, but curiously remained silent when his former minister for immigration, the Hon. Chris Hurford suggested Mr. Keating overruled him when he wished to deny permanent residence and citizenship to the controversial cleric, Sheik Taj el-Din al Hilaly. When pursued by journalists after speaking on some matter of no doubt public importance, he shouted at them to “nick off”.  In Spectrum, 11-12 November 2006, The Sydney Morning Herald journal, he was interviewed by Tony Stephens.  He believes one reason the stage play “Keating!” has proved popular is “that what he calls "the game" - politics and public debate - is now without humour.” 
"The game is very dour. It's prim and proper and stitched up. The vernacular Australian has virtually gone. But satire can get a lot across. It can cut out the humbug".
Tony Stephens reports that Mr Keating believes another reason is the unsolved or unsettled issues in the national debate. Readers will not be surprised that Mr. Keating named “the” republic as an example. The use of the definite article here is of course wrong. Rather, Mr. Keating is speaking of “a” republic. From the way the republican movement is behaving, it means “any old republic’ provided we get rid of the Crown, which provides leadership beyond politics.
Mr. Keating’s interview will embarrass the republicans who pretend that the flag will remain under a republic. "In the end, the flag will have to go,” he says. "We can't go round with the flag of another country in the corner of our flag. We can't have King Charles, with Queen Camilla, as the constitutional head of Australia. It's absurd. People might not be talking much about this right now but these issues are like electric wires without caps on them."

 

 

 

 

 
Fly the flag for true Aussie mates Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 01 February 2006
 

On the eve of Australia Day, the Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia's highest circulating newspaper, published the views of a young man on the latest republican campaign.

The author is Brett Hogan, who is Victorian Convenor of ACM, and whose views were also sought on the campaign on Channel Seven's Sunrise programme.

The text of his opinion piece, "Fly the flag  for true Aussie mates" follows. 

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Our so unpopular Flag Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Monday, 30 January 2006
 

I suppose it was to be expected that the Sydney Morning Herald would not publish my letter of 29 January, 2006, which I included in my column that day: http://www.norepublic.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=476&Itemid=4

I thought the editor  might have at least otherwise corrected two republican untruths in the Herald.

The first is that an overwhelming majority of Australians -66%- would support a republic if Prince Charles were King. Gerard Henderson had committed a monumental error in reporting this as the finding in a recent Newspoll. (Newspoll is a highly regarded opinion poll undertaken by the rival Murdoch News Corporation) . This report is now a week old, and despite the letters editor telling me it would be corrected, it has not been.

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Cringe over Flag:republican campaign for change Print E-mail
Keep Our Flag
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 29 January 2006
 

Parallel to the “mate for Head of State “ campaign, the republican campaign for a new flag continued around Australia Day.

The Sydney Fairfax Sunday newspaper, The Sun Herald invited new designs, and announced the results in its 29 January , 2006 edition.

The strong republican association can be seen by this comment by one flag changer: "There is only one correct way to change the Australian flag" and that is "to drop the Union Jack - when Australia becomes a Republic", which she hopes will be before 2010.

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