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Flagging interest Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Friday, 11 February 2011
Most Australians couldn’t care less for the elite’s campaign to change our national flag, wrote Alan Anderson in “Flagging Interest” a piece in the political weekly, Spectator Australia (5/2).

This is a self evident fact. Why then did those media outlets outlets which gave so much emphasis to the elite's campaign not add this point? 

Mr. Anderson said:  

No sooner was our new Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon, invested in the office, than he launched an offensive against both the flag and the Constitution of the nation that had so honoured him.

His reaction might seem churlish to most Australians, but such behaviour is de rigueur among our academic and social elites. Indeed, a baker’s dozen of McKeon’s predecessors joined in.

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On the republic issue, McKeon advocated a generic plebiscite on ‘whether they want to become a republic, yes or no’, with the ‘details’ — whether the President is to be elected or appointed, how he may be removed, whether he can veto laws or perhaps order the imprisonment of his political rivals — to be worked out later.

Push-polling is a familiar technique in political circles, and it is only a matter of time before republicans suggest preliminary plebiscites asking, ‘Do you love Australia?’ and, ‘Would you like to make the Constitution better?’ before they are required to put forth a workable model.
McKeon also wishes to change the flag. On this issue, such a strategy is unlikely to be effective.

The common man may have little understanding of constitutional mechanisms, but asking him whether he wants to change the flag will provoke the very reasonable response: ‘To what?’

Majority support for change is insufficient; change will require majority support for a specific alternative.
Finding that alternative has been the unfulfilled 30-year mission of AusFlag, which organised the statement by McKeon and his fellow travellers.

A top-heavy organisation, AusFlag consists of a web site and a board of directors carefully selected to represent a broad cross-section of Australian society.

They include Phillip Adams AO, Ray Martin AM, Anne Keating and diverse other ‘salt of the earth’ types drawn from all parts of the nation, both Mosman and Point Piper, with Janet Holmes à Court AO included to provide a regional and working-class perspective.



...suggested new flag...



After discussing the various themes Ausflag has suggested for a new flag, Alan Anderson makes  a suggestion:

 

If we must change the flag to reflect the realities of Gillard-era Australia, I suggest we draw inspiration from last year’s (sadly unsuccessful) State of Washington Ballot Initiative 1069: ‘An Act relating to changing the Seal of the State of Washington from the vignette of General George Washington as the central figure, and beneath the vignette the figures ‘1889’, to a tapeworm dressed in a three-piece suit attached to the lower intestine of the taxpayer as the central figure and encircling the vignette the words “Committed to sucking the blood out of each and every taxpayer”.

Happily, most Australians do not share the adolescent tendencies of AusFlag’s grey-haired rebels. Opinion polls continue to show majority support for the existing flag, even before the attempt is made to galvanise opponents around a specific alternative.

Change is therefore highly unlikely.
The teenage schoolboy is typically embarrassed to be seen with his mum.

When he matures into an adult, he becomes confident in his independence and is happy to acknowledge her in public.

Similarly, the majority of Australians are confident in Australia’s independence, happy to acknowledge her British heritage, and proud of the family of flags under which so many of her sons and daughters have lived, fought and died.


 
 
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