Paul Keating slams Australia - and the Australian National Flag
Written by ACM   
Thursday, 03 November 2011

Can the person who privatised our bank and our airline, who introduced reforms which were a capitulation to the forces of greed, who gave us crippling interest rates and who finds the Australian flag an embarrassment please shut up or move to a republic, asks Bruce Mullinger of  Kurnell in  NSW in a letter published in The Australian (2/11)

He was responding to Paul Keating slamming our Australian National Flag at his book launch.


He likened Australia to a child clasping at the Queen's coat-tails, waving an  “embarrassing little flag”  .

According to Vicki Champion in the Daily Telegraph (31/10) he said Australians were "people uncertain of their values, holding on to the Queen's coat-tails while waving those embarrassing flags" and were more alone now than at "any time in our history".

He said we had to find our security in Asia “... as ourselves, not as some derived society tied to an old and worn European monarchy, waving little flags with a Union Jack on the corner."
 In his book, Mr. Keating describes meeting The Queen and telling her many Australians felt the monarchy was an anachronism that was becoming obsolete.  ( “Keating is the anachronism, not the monarchy,” 22/10)



"I told her Australia had to engage itself meaningfully with the region around it
," he writes.

"I reminded her that on our doorstep stood 200 million Indonesians, the largest Islamic country in the world."Australia had to be relevant in these places. I told the Queen the task was made more difficult when we appeared uncertain as to who we are, when our head of state was not one of us, when we go to the region as the Australian nation with all our hopes and aspirations yet go with the monarch of another country."

He said The Queen had "sat through what must have been a difficult conversation for her" and then said to him: "You know my family have always tried to do their best by Australia."

"It really struck me, by her references to her family, how tenuous the hereditary nature of the position was," Mr Keating said."Her remoteness from any contemporary mandate struck me, at that moment and at that proximity, as banal, sad even, and what a continuing fantasy she was forced to play out."