Time is right for us to have a new flag

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Rob Wal­ton, Yallingup Sid­ing

As another Jan­uary 26th day of un­bri­dled cel­e­bra­tion passes, the sight of “our” Union Jack flag fly­ing from ev­ery sec­ond car and cor­ner I pass set­tles un­easily on the mind of a 65-year-old “true-blue” Aus­tralian.

I find my­self com­ing down on the side of the al­ter­na­tive view of us be­ing prof­fered by the First Na­tion peo­ple, the Aus­tralian Repub­li­can Move­ment and the City of Fre­man­tle.

As the years pass and I re­flect on the hor­ri­ble treat­ment of the orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants of this con­ti­nent since white set­tle­ment; on the hor­ri­ble treat­ment of the “loaf-of-bread” con­victs and stolen “or­phans” who were trans­ported here in the first 200 years; of the ar­ro­gant dis­dain of our elite im­pe­rial mas­ters as they or­dered our brave An­zac boys into un­winnable, sui­ci­dal bat­tles in the Boer War and two World Wars, treat­ing us as un­wor­thy and ex­pend­able; so my of­fence at the sight of the Union Jack in “our” flag has in­creased.

My first pref­er­ence for a truly Aus­tralian flag would have the yel­low, red and black in­dige­nous flag re­place the Union Jack on the ex­ist­ing flag.

How­ever, I am aware that that would cause se­ri­ous of­fence to many mil­lions of white fel­las who gen­uinely strug­gle with recog­ni­tion of our black fel­las and would prove more di­vi­sive than the ex­ist­ing flag.

My sec­ond pref­er­ence is John Wil­liamson’s “True Blue” flag, which again has the South­ern Cross con­stel­la­tion on one third and a yel­low (out­lined in green) kan­ga­roo in full flight set on red ochre on the other two thirds.

It’s quintessen­tially and un­am­bigu­ously Aus­tralian.

I am of English and Bul­gar­ian de­scent and firmly be­lieve our white-man/first-world ex­cesses and over­pop­u­la­tion are de­stroy­ing this mag­nif­i­cent land.

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