REBLOGGED: A Flag for the Future

What do you think? (Especially Aussies.) I like #5, #7, maybe #8, #12, #18 or #19 (though for the last two I’d colour the stars white, not green and/or yellow)….
Maybe if #19, right at the bottom, had the features (wattle and white stars) in ‘dot-painting’ style? Or maybe #19 with the background an imprint of an Indigenous dot painting…
I’m open to ideas. To those who might think it’s ‘not the time’ to focus on this…if not now, when? At least let’s start a conversation… The comments over at The AIMN are illuminating.

A flag for the future

In November this year, Kiwis will be asked to take part in a postal referendum in which they will rank five flag alternatives from most to least preferred.  In March there will be another referendum in which they will be asked to choose between the current New Zealand Flag and the preferred alternative design selected in the first referendum. The results of both referendums are binding.

It struck me, as I watched the people protesting against a mosque being built in Bendigo, that I now associate our flag with racism and colonialism. It has become a symbol of intolerance, a cloak or brand meant to be worn by real Aussies – the sort who took part in the Cronulla riots, the sort who want to stop immigration, the sort who want to relax gun laws, the sort who attend Reclaim Australia rallies and campaign to ban halal certification for food.

bendigo-protest-2

It’s time we reconsidered our ‘patriotism’ and our allegiance to a flag that no longer represents our country. Our flag should symbolise more accurately the nation to which we all belong rather than the notion of White Supremacy.

Here are a few suggestions.

Ken Done Williamson 1

Rieben Bob Bradley

Ralph Kelly Aussie Push

brendan Jones Poulos

Couzens Sunburnt

Markwick https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Australian_Flag_Proposal_%28Southern_Horizon%29.svg/320px-Australian_Flag_Proposal_%28Southern_Horizon%29.svg.pngJames Parbery Williamson 2

Ausflag 1991 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/47/Seven_Golden_Stars_2012.svg/320px-Seven_Golden_Stars_2012.svg.png

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f5/Australian_Flag_New_E._R._Cattoni.jpg/320px-Australian_Flag_New_E._R._Cattoni.jpg

Do any of these inspire you?

Note:  The original artists and the meaning of their flags and some more alternatives can be found here and here.

[The ones below come from  the comments on the AIMN article.]

https://i2.wp.com/www.flagsaustralia.com.au/images/Coulin.jpg  https://i2.wp.com/www.canberratimes.com.au/content/dam/images/3/1/t/b/c/image.related.articleLeadwide.620x349.31ss7.png/1391208735070.jpghttps://i1.wp.com/www.australiandesignreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/New-Australian-republic-flag-design-John-Warwicker-Professor-of-Design-at-Monash-Art-Design-Architecture.jpg

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