While the New Zealanders have rejected any change to the current flag of New Zealand in the recently held referendum, I firmly believe that the Aboriginal Flag should replace the British Union Jack of our National Flag in Australia.
Also the Aboriginal people should certainly be recognized in the Australian Constitution.
The day of landing of the British Fleet was in 1788 and they have claimed the land ever since. All the work done to build up as Australia especially in the outback was done by the Scots and Irish. The Aboriginal people often helped them find fresh water etc.
My maternal forbears the Ross Munro family (Scottish) had many properties outback, especially in Queensland and always said they owed so much to the indigenous people for their success This was one of the reasons I wrote ‘Shadows of Our Dreaming,’ to pay tribute to Aboriginal Australians.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag is a flag that represents Australia’s original inhabitants who lived here for about seventy thousand years in harmony with nature is one of the official flags of Australia and holds special legal and political status, but it is not the “Australian National Flag”. It is often flown together with the national flag and with the Torres Strait Islander Flag, which is also an official flag of Australia.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag was designed in 1971 by Aboriginal artist Harold Thomas, who is descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia and holds intellectual property rights to the flag’s design. The flag was originally designed for the Land Rights movement and it became a symbol of the Aboriginal people of Australia.
The flag’s width is 1.5 times its height. It is horizontally divided into a black region (above) and a red region (below). A yellow disc is superimposed over the center of the flag.
The symbolic meaning of the flag colours (as stated by Harold Thomas) is as follows
Black – representing the Aboriginal people of Australia.
Yellow circle – representing the Sun, the giver of life and protector.
Red – representing the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land.
The flag was first flown on National Aborigines’ Day in Victoria Square in Adelaide on 12 July 1971. It was also used in Canberra at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy from late 1972.
On the 30th anniversary of the flag in 2001, thousands of people were involved in a ceremony where the flag was carried from the Parliament of South Australia to Victoria Square.
Since 8 July 2002, after recommendations of the Council’s Reconciliation Committee, the Aboriginal Flag has been permanently flown in Victoria Square and the front of the Town Hall.
The anti-Islamic group Reclaim Australia used the flag at their protests, which was openly condemned by the author Harold Thomas.
He said of the use: ″They should get permission from Aboriginal communities in general. The flag is our identity and expression of who we are. It’s quite clear we use it freely and willingly and the government recognizes the flag. It has its place.