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Monday, 28 January 2013

The Australian Flag Saga

What the hell am I on about?

Well for those of you who don't know, there's been some debate in Australia about creating a sporting flag that differentiates from the original Australian flag for elite athletes to wear when representing our country.

Olympians, tennis champions, the Aussie cricket team, footballers and the like, would be expected to fly this flag

Instead of this one.

To be honest I don't know how serious these debates are, but let's hope that the 'pro sports flag supporters' stop drinking too many red cans and consider the following:

What's in a flag? Is it just a piece of material with a couple of symbols on it to distinguish between one country and the next? 

I think not.

For me, the flag represents a countries past, present and future.

On the Australian flag, the Union Jack represents white peoples early settlement of the country, the Southern Cross represents that we're from the Southern Hemisphere, and the blue represents that we're surrounded by ocean.

But I'd have to argue that the flag is even more than that.

The flag represents pride in our nation and our heritage, the multiculturalism, and the amazing place that Australia is to call home with freedom of speech, peace and security.

The flag represents respect for our heritage and the brave soldiers who have fought to protect our country.

Bearing the Australian flag is an honour because you are representing your country and all that it stands for.

So if you look beyond the actual physical flag, you can see the true value that it has to a country: pride, respect and honour for a countries past, present and future.

Why then would you want to change the flag that tells the story of our country? Are you not proud of what it represents? Would you like to erase our history? 

And to be incredibly honest, if we were going to change the flag and remove the Union Jack, shouldn't we replace it with an Aboriginal symbol, for they were the first people to call Australian home?

Just some food for thought.

What do you think? Should we change the flag for sporting events?

Look after yourself and those around you,

Kirsty xxxx

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