Yes, the diggers fought under the one we’re using now, and let’s not forget they fought under the Union Jack before that. And God Save the Old Girl and long may she reign, because, as the barmy army of English cricket fans have been taunting us, (sung to the tune of Yellow Submarine), ‘Your next queen is Camilla Parker-Bowles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Camilla Parker-Bowles!’ I’m sure Camilla is a lovely person, and she and Prince Charles are welcome out here any time they care to buy air tickets, but I don’t want to foot the bill for any more official royal visits.
That Union Jack in the corner isn’t the only outdated part of the current design. Due to light pollution we can’t see little Southern Cross star Epsilon without a telescope now, and the ACT and Northern Territory both deserve their own points on the Commonwealth star.
It’s been time for a change for a very long time.
The Canadians managed to do it back in February 1965.
Controversy like this gives those of us who are not visual artists an excuse to click on the paint box on the computer and have a play around.
I’m not sold on the kangaroo idea; too hard to draw, and Qantas has already claimed the stylish, stylised version. That cheesy boxing kangaroo was only fun for the short time between winning the America’s Cup in 1983 and Alan Bond’s fall from grace.The Aboriginal flag is a triumph – simple and very popular, with easily remembered symbolism and distinctive colours – red for the land, black for the people, yellow for the sun. For more information about the Aboriginal flag, click here.
But the Aboriginal flag, like the Eureka flag (adopted by the Australian union movement) is too much associated with conflict and oppression to serve as a nationally inclusive symbol.
Of the state flags, I like the Northern Territory’s one. I don’t know what it means, but it’s the most recognisable.
The single symbol that resonates most with Australians is the Southern Cross. It’s a shame it’s on the New Zealand flag too, and the New Guinea one, and tattooed on the biceps of all the wrong people, or is that just my prejudice against ‘body art’ in general?
I’d prefer not to have a red, white and blue colour scheme. It’s already used by Britain, the USA, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, Serbia, Croatia…to name but a few. Green and gold together always look bad to me, even on one-day cricket uniforms. I’m leaning towards ochre and blue as the dominant colours, with a white or yellow trim. They’re a good strong combination and nobody else uses them.
Okay, here are my efforts…
There are plenty of other possible designs on the AUSFLAG website, all of them preferable to what we have now. Sadly, I fear that sheer apathy and ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ attitudes will prevent any progress on the matter.
We’ll talk about it again this time next year.