RSA strongly against move to change flag

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The New Zealand RSA con­sid­ers the tim­ing of the ref­er­en­dum to change this coun­try’s flag is un­ac­cept­able.

Na­tional pres­i­dent Barry Clark said just as New Zealand ap­proached the sig­nif­i­cance of the An­zac cen­te­nary, it was be­ing un­der­mined by the estab­lish­ment of a com­mit­tee to de­cide whether the present flag should be cast out.

He said that at an ex­ces­sive cost of $26 mil­lion the newly ap­pointed com­mit­tee would choose the de­sign of four al­ter­na­tive flags from which New Zealan­ders, in a two-part ref­er­en­dum, will se­lect one.

That pref­er­ence will then be pit­ted against the ex­ist­ing New Zealand flag in a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

‘‘A hun­dred years ago our forces served and sac­ri­ficed un­der the same flag that flies to­day. It is in­ap­pro­pri­ate that this de­bate oc­curs as we com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of World War I,’’ he said.

Op­po­si­tion: RSA na­tional pres­i­dent says it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to re­place the flag.

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