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Flag Day Message from John Eales

Scottish Referendum has no impact on our flag

 Section 3 of the Flags Act 1953 (as amended) specifies that the current Australian flag design ceases to be our flag “if and only if…[a] new flag is chosen by a majority of all the electors voting” [at a referendum].

Claims that a Scottish vote to secede from the UK would automatically lead to a re-design of the Union Jack are quite incorrect.  Firstly, many experts do not accept that the British flag would need to change even if the upcoming referendum leads to an independent Scotland.    The more relevant point here is that under Australian legislation, any variation to the design of the Australian flag requires prior approval at a referendum. 

So unless we vote to change our flag, whatever may happen to the Union Jack in the British Isles will have absolutely no impact here. 

 Thus our flag, which celebrated its 113th ‘birthday’ recently, will continue to be our chief national symbol.(Australian National Flag Day (September 3) was officially proclaimed by then Governor-General Sir William Deane “to commemorate the day in 1901 on which the Australian national flag was first flown”.)

   TUESDAY SEPT 2 (“Flag Day Eve”) - SYDNEY (NSW)

Midday, Martin Place Amphitheatre, City of Sydney. Flag raising ceremony & address by Mr Gary Oakley, Australian War Memorial Indigenous Liaison Officer, National President of the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Veterans & Service Association.


CANBERRA (ACT) –... 9.30am national ceremony in Forecourt of Parliament House, Federation Guard will raise flag.  

 BRISBANE (QLD) – 9am, King George Square, in front of City Hall. Flag raising ceremony hosted by Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

 IPSWICH (QLD) – 9am, Ipswich Central State School, Griffith Road, Ipswich. 

 TOWNSVILLE (QLD) - 9am  Event hosted by Townsville City Council at historic flagpole located at 297 Flinders Street.

 CABOOLTURE (QLD), 9.45am, Special flag raising ceremony at Caboolture Historical Village, Beerburrum Road, Caboolture. 

 LOGAN (QLD) 10am, Flag Poles at Logan City Administration Building, 150 Wembley Road, Logan Central. 

 TOOWOOMBA (QLD) - 10am, Event hosted by Palm Lake Resort, 97-127 Hogg Street, Cranley, which will receive an award for flying the flag.

 GOLD COAST (QLD) A lunch-time ceremony will be held at Southport but the venue has limited capacity. 

 PERTH (WA) – 6pm, Theatrette  Level 4, Atrium Bldg, 168 St George’s Terrace. 


12.00 for 12.30, Parliament House. Australian National Flag Day Luncheon & address by Mr Tony Hope.  


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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.

All Australians are encouraged to make a special effort to fly or display our flag for its 113th "birthday" on September 3, 2014.

Or perhaps you can just take the chance to learn more about our flag’s history. A wealth of information about the unique story of the Australian flag, can be found at the “home page” for the Australian flag - www.australianflag.org.au

We’re all proud of our country and we can fly our flag to show it!



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