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
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.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3 – 'Flag Day'
(ACT) –... 9.30am national ceremony in Forecourt of Parliament House, Federation Guard will raise flag.
(QLD) – 9am, King George Square, in front of City Hall. Flag raising ceremony hosted
by Lord Mayor of Brisbane.
(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.
(QLD), 9.45am, Special flag raising ceremony at Caboolture Historical
Village, Beerburrum Road, Caboolture.
(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.
(QLD) A lunch-time ceremony will be held at Southport but the venue has
(WA) – 6pm, Theatrette Level 4, Atrium
Bldg, 168 St George’s Terrace.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5 - HOBART
12.00 for 12.30, Parliament
House. Australian National Flag Day Luncheon & address by Mr Tony