Is Australia going to change its flag?

Is Australia going to change its flag?

Australia’s flag will never change, Malcolm Turnbull has said, dismissing a new design that drops the Union Jack. The not-for-profit group Ausflag released a new design on Friday, telling Australia it was time to “grow up” and shed symbols of British dominance.

Why should Australia have a new flag?

The Australian National Flag Association (ANFA) believes that the existing design is an integral part of the Australian heritage and an appropriate expression of our national identity. The existing design of stars and crosses should therefore be retained and not altered in any manner whatsoever.

Why should the Union Jack be removed from the Australian flag?

It does not accurately connote Australia’s status as an independent nation. The Union Jack at the canton suggests Australia is a British colony or dependency. New Zealand, Tuvalu and Fiji are the only other independent nations in the world to feature the Union Jack on their national flags.

When did Australia get a new flag?

The current seven-pointed Commonwealth Star version was introduced by a proclamation dated 8 December 1908. The dimensions were formally gazetted in 1934, and in 1954 the flag became recognised by, and legally defined in, the Flags Act 1953, as the “Australian National Flag”.

Why did the Australian flag change from red to blue?

More republican-minded publications and individuals thought the Union Jack was inappropriate, Despite having been flown since 1901, the flag only became official with the Flags Act 1953. With the Act, the blue version became the Australian national flag, and the red version used only for maritime use.

Should the Aboriginal flag be the Australian flag?

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are equal in status and can be flown on either side of the national flag. There is no rule stating that the Aboriginal flag must be to the right of the Australian National Flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag on the left of the Australian National Flag or vice versa.

Why does Australia and New Zealand have the Union Jack on its flag?

The presence of Union Jack in the national flag of Australia and New Zealand has its symbolic importance. It represents the link between Australia/New Zealand and UK. Both Australia and New Zealand, like India, were a part of British colonies. So these countries display Union Jack in their flag.

When did the Australian flag change from red to blue?

On the 3rd Sep 1901, following Federation, the Australian National Flag (Blue Ensign) became the official national flag of Australia, and has remained so ever since. At the same time, the Red Ensign became the flag of Merchant Naval Shipping, and has remained so ever since.

When did the Australian flag change to blue?

Flag of Australia

Proportion 1:2
Adopted 11 February 1903 (In use from 3 September 1901) 8 December 1908 (current seven-pointed Commonwealth Star version)
Design A Blue Ensign defaced with the Commonwealth Star in the lower hoist quarter and the five stars of the Southern Cross in the fly half.

What does the new Australian flag look like?

Advance Australia National Flag A dark blue, forward moving, kangaroo silhouetted against a golden sky has replaced the Union Jack and Federation Star featured on the current Australian Flag. The leading edge of the kangaroo divides the flag into two distinct areas.

Where is the reconciliation flag flown in Australia?

Currently referred to as the Australian Reconciliation Flag, this ensign is flown all over Australia by schools, shire councils and Aboriginal communities/organisations. This flag has been officially recognised at local government level in Victoria by the Nillimbick Shire Council.

What does the Advance Australia flag stand for?

Commonly known as the Australian Reconciliation Flag, the Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign was designed to be a symbol of unity. Australia Fare (above)- a visual commentary on Aboriginal culture, multiculturalism and Australian national identity. Exhibition (s) – One Step Back, Two Steps Forward.

Who is the designer of the Australian flag?

The Advance Australia Reconciliation Ensign shares the design of the Advance Australia National Flag but features the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag (red, black, yellow), which was designed by Harold Thomas in 1972.