Australian Republic Constitution
Australian Flag News Get Involved! Events Resources
Main Menu
ACM Home
About ACM
ACM News
Anthems
Afghan Court Martial
Book Reviews
The Commonwealth
Contact ACM
Convenor's Column
Constitutional Monarchies and Republics Compared
Constitutional Monarchy in the Muslim World
Cost of Republicanism to the Taxpayer
Crowned Republic
Diamond Jubilee 2012
Event News
Federalism and the Mining Tax
Fiji
Flag: Keep The Flag
Governor of New South Wales
Head of State
Keating-Turnbull Republic: The Nineties
Knights & Dames
Latest News and Opinions
Links
Mate for a Head of State
Media and monarchy
Nile Inquiry
Opinion Polling
Orthodoxy and Monarchy
People's Republic?
Plebiscites
Prince Andrew
Prince Charles
Prince Harry
Prince Philip
Prince William & Catherine
Prince William In Australia
Prince William: The Early Years
Racist Republic?
Reserve Powers of the Crown
Resources
Return the Governor
Royal Commissions
Royal Finances
Self Funded Monarchy
Royal Yacht Britannia
The Succession
2020 Summit
Join our Mailing List
See our selection of videos from across the world:-
ACM Videos
AussieCrownTV - ACM's own TV channel:
Aussie Crown TV
Follow ACM on Facebook:
Facebook
Self Funded Monarchy
Self Funded Monarchy
Royal Finances
Royal Finances
Diamond Jubilee 2012
Diamond Jubilee 2012
Head of State
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Special Caribbean Report: Crown & Commonwealth

      Crown

The Commonwealth
The Commonwealth
Prince Harry
Prince Harry
Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew
Knights & Dames
Knights & Dames
The King's Speech: read the book, see the film.

The King's Speech

Watch the 2010 Neville Bonner Oration: Tony Abbott.
Tony Abbott
Nile Inquiry
Royal Commissions
Royal Commissions
Opinion Polls

 

Plebiscites
Plebiscites
2020 Summit
2020 Summit
Orthodoxy & Monarchy
Orthodoxy & Monarchy
Afghan Court Martial
Constitutional Monarchy in the Muslim World
Constitutional Monarchy in the Muslim World
Mate for a Head of State
Mate for a Head of State
Racist Republic?
Racist Republic
A People's Republic?
A People's republic?
Keating Turnbull Republic: The Nineties
The Keating Turnbull Republic
Crowned Republic
Crowned Republic
Polls
Republicans' Best Asset?
Is David Flint ( National Convenor since 1998) the republicans best asset, as some claim?
ACM Home arrow Keep Our Flag! arrow Republican plans for the Flag

Republican plans for the Flag Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Friday, 06 July 2007
Image

In the nineties the republicans campaigned openly for a change of the Flag.  At the same time as the Constitutional Convention in 1988, the republicans even sponsored an exhibition of mainly awful alternative flags in Canberra. There was one other republican sponsored exhibition  which I particularly remember , which included the use of appalling language suggesting that constiutionalists should go and live in the UK. ( I occasionally receive that abuse, although I was born here.)
At about this time, ACM had a lovely poster showing our superb Australian Flag, with the words; “When republicans see this, they think of England . When constitutional monarchists see this they think of Australia.” It seems the overwhelming majority of Australians have come to agree with us on that.  So much so that even the ultra republican and ratings-challenged Sydney broadcaster, Mr. Mike Carlton claims he has been converted to supporting the Australian Flag.
The republicans now claim, deviously, that the flag is a issue separate from whatever republic they now want, although they are also coy on that and are, as Mr Philip Gibson says, RWM – Republicans Without a Model. The Age let that cat out of the bag about the intrinsic relationship between republicanism and flag changing. The Age’s editorial of 20 March 2004 asked whether anyone really believes that Australia is likely to become a republic without also changing its flag. In this The Age clearly represents republican thought, although it hasn’t even the come out of its monarchist closet. You see The Age, our ultra republican Melbourne newspaper, is still published, believe it or not, under a version of the Royal Coat of Arms.
One of the web comments on my letter about the office of Governor-General published in The Australian on 5 July, 2007 (published also in this column on 3 July, 2006)is typical. It was from Mr. David Milton of Brisbane and is dated 4 July, 2007.  He writes” David Flint, more than 70 per cent of Australians want a Republic, so pretty shortly there won’t be a GG full stop. Hopefully changing our embarrassing Australian flag will follow shortly after.” Apart from the exaggeration of republican support, note the reference to our “embarrassing” flag. I suppose in some inner city salons, the denizens still shrink in embarrassment about our nation and its symbols.

In the meantime, the ABC broadcast a programme on the flag in their Sunday night “Compass” series on 1 July, 2007.  This included a segment with Kerry Jones of the Constitutional Education Fund –Australia, before a class of students in a Muslim school. (Kerry Jones , who was formerly National Director of ACM, is now able to continue the work of this non-partisan fund after the extremely serious allegations made by Lindsay Tanner MP, Opposition Shadow Minister for Finance, under Parliamentary privilege, have been shown, after an exhaustive investigation, to be completely and absolutely groundless and to contain not one skerrick of the truth). The rest of the programme concentrated mainly on comments by academicians clearly disgruntled with the popularity of the Flag. While Kerry Jones was introduced as a strong monarchist, none of the other speakers were labelled as to where they stood on these matters. Of course there were the inevitable references to Cronulla.  There were also references to the Union Jack with the implication that any respect shown to it was in itself a good argument for getting rid of the Australian Flag. It was of course always the intention that the practice of also flying the Union Flag continue as long as Australians wished. Section 8 of the Flags Act of 1953 spells this out, declaring that the legislation “does not affect the right or privilege of a person to fly the Union Jack.”
A reader, David Byers, has made this telling point:
”On Sunday 1st of July ABC – TV played an episode of Compass in which the Australian Flag was presented as a contentious issue.  One of the arguments put forward, which I have heard before, was that Australian solders in The Great War and later in The Second World War fought and died under the Union Jack (Union Flag) far more often then the Australian flag.  This is indeed true and is something we, who support the Australian Flag, should embrace; because if so many of our troops fought under the Union Jack that gives us even MORE reason for keeping it in our flag!”
 
< Prev   Next >
ROYAL VISIT 2014

Image

The Book Depository
Image
Image
Prince William: The Early Years
Prince Charles

Prince Charles

Constitutional Monarchies & Republics Compared

Image


Defend the Constitution and Flag
Australian Election Watch

10th Anniversary Neville Bonner Oration

11th Anniversary and Appeal

Crowned Republic 

   Keep The Australian Flag
Return the Governor to Government House
The Succession
The Succession
The Governor of New South Wales
Governor of New South Wales
Fiji
Fijian soldier
Media and Monarchy
Media and Monarchy
Royal Yacht Britannia
Royal Yacht Britannia
Republic Audit: Costs of Republic
Republic Audit: Costs of Republic
Reserve Powers of the Crown
Events
October 2017 November 2017
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
Week 40 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Week 41 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Week 42 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Week 43 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Week 44 29 30 31