Time is right for us to have a new flag
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.