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A convincing majority of Kiwis (56.6% to 43.2%) have affirmed their support for the current flag.
The noisy minority in our country who want to tear down Australia’s flag should take heed of the NZ experience. It is much easier to denigrate what we have now than it is to come up with an acceptable alternative.
Given that opinion polls show our flag to be more popular than ever, seeking to change it would start an unnecessary debate in Australia that would be very divisive.
Many flags have elements or features in common. How many Australians would recognise the flag of our most populous and significant neighbour – Indonesia? Well its flag is identical to that of Monaco, and similar to that of Singapore (apart from the addition of a crescent and stars).
Fly our Flag with Pride!
Few Australians know the unique and proud story of our flag –the only national flag to fly over an entire continent, but also the first to be chosen in an open public competition. Following federation in 1901, the new Commonwealth government arranged a competition to choose a flag for the new nation, and entries were submitted from nearly 1% of the population at that time. Five people tied for the honour of designing the Australian flag - Annie Dorrington, Ivor Evans, Leslie Hawkins, Egbert Nuttall, and William Stevens. The winning design was unveiled on 3 September, which has been officially proclaimed as Australian National Flag Day.
We’re all proud of our country and we can fly our flag to show it!