We won’t be becoming a Republic anytime soon, that’s blaring obvious. The royals are still popular, and William and Kate are well liked, and their baby is very cute and all that. Polls show that a change to a Republic is not on the top of anybodies minds.
Something we can do, while remaining a Commonwealth country – just like Canada has done, and now New Zealand seems ready to do is change our flag to better represent our modern and constantly changing country.
We are not a British colony anymore, or part of the great “British Empire”. We remain close to England, as we should. It remains part of our past, and our future. However we do not need their flag stuck in the corner of ours. We need something that better represents our location, culture, history and Indigenous population who remain totally ignored when it comes to our nations flag.
One of the arguments made by those who oppose a change to the flag is that diggers in wars “served and died under that flag”. It is true our flag was used during previous wars, however so was the Union Jack. The main issue with that argument is that they weren’t fighting for a piece of cloth, they were fighting for the people and ideals the flag represents. Changing what is on the flag doesn’t undermine, dishonour or discredit what they did for our country. Canada changed their flag, and there is no doubt that their present war fighters feel any different fighting under the Maple Leaf than the Union Jack.
There are some great ideas floating around, any choice should be made based on pleasantness, and appropriateness. But also how it represents what we believe our ideals, history and location are. Clearly the Southern Cross should remain, keeping an iconic part of our current flag while also representing our location on the planet.
Our Indigenous population should be represented, something that highlights their own special and individual culture is important to be central to any new flag. A example is below, highlighting the great Indigenous art.
Or else adding some elements that reflect Indigenous artefacts such as the shape of the boomerang, as well as the colours from the Aboriginal flag could also be added.
AusFlag, a Twitter account calling for a new flag has some other ideas and examples of what our flag could look like.
Whatever the end result is, it’s time to have a proper debate about our flag.