What makes Australia, Australia? What has the Union Jack on the Australian flag got to do with modern Australia? Not a lot. A heritage and a respect for building and defending the country, but it also hides indigenous guilt. I think it’s time for Australia to stand up and be an independent country of the world, honour the past and build for the future. And changing the flag is a statement of intent. Changing the constitution and becoming a Republic is more complex and may take a little longer, changing the flag declares our intent for the future.
Look at the new and old Canadian flag. The Maple Leaf flag is beautiful, symbolic, strong, iconic.
Before I lived in Australia I thought it was a progressive push ahead type country. I got that impression from Australia’s sporting prowess. But in fact it’s quite a conservative country set in a post colonial hangover. The hangover cure is a new flag!
My favourite, is this flag. Past – the blue and Southern Cross. The culture, Boomerang and Aboriginal Art, Green and Gold, and I like that the curve looks like a part of the West Australia coast with the coastal sand and land. It’s not a simple flag that any kid could draw, nor does it have the simple lines and colours of traditional flags, but I like the look of it.
Here are a few more designs taken from FlagsAustralia;
And of course there are these two flags;