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6 New Designs For Australia's "Grown Up" Flag

More than fifty years after the current Australian flag was adopted, many prominent Australians, including a dozen former Australians of the Year, are saying its time for a new one - a flag that does not pay homage to Great Britain by including the Union Jack.

Besides representing the British flag, the current Australian flag features the outer diameter of the Southern Cross (on the right of the flag), which significantly maps the country in the southern hemisphere and, in the lower left, the Commonwealth Star or Star of Federation.  This star has 7 points that represent the six states and the combined territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.

 

The Australian FlagThe Australian Flag

 

Patrick McGorry, the 2010 Australian of the Year winner, is a mental health specialist known for his early intervention services for youth.  He expressed his push for the new flag from his professional point of view to the Sydney Morning Herald.

''It's time Australia grew up. Right now, it's a bit like a slowly maturing, Generation Y adolescent, a 27-year-old who just won't leave home,'' he said yesterday, calling on the nation to move into ''independent adulthood."

Here are some of the new designs McGorry and fellow Ausflag members are proposing for the Australian flag...

 

1. The Eureka Flag 

 

The Eureka Flag design, a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.auThe Eureka Flag design, a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

2. The Aboriginal Flag

 

The Aboriginal Flag design, a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.auThe Aboriginal Flag design, a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

3. Australian Flag Design #3

(That's what it's called!)

 

 "Design #3," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au"Design #3," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

4.  Australian Flag Design # 4

 

"Design #4," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au"Design #4," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

5. Australian Flag Design # 5

 

"Design #5," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au"Design #5," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

6. Australian Flag Design #6

 

"Design #6," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au"Design #6," a proposed new country flag for Australia: image via smh.com.au

 

The Ausflag group, which includes 12 scientists, olympians, and entertainers who have all been named Australians of the Year for their contributions to Australian society,  is calling for the Australian Parliament to design a "truly Australian national flag."  Then the flag, they suggest, should be put to an official vote.

So far (1/25/10, 2:21 EST), the poll at Australia's  Herald Sun online indicates that 59 percent of those answered were against a new flag!  At the Sydney Morning Herald's online poll, currently 46 percent of those polled want to keep the current flag...  But who knows, maybe the Brits are voting....

 

Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Ausflag, Wikipedia

 

 

Comments
Jan 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Flag

The only one I personally like is the blue flag, red star in the corner. - a subtle change. The others all look a bit tacky. The green one looks like a promo for Australia Sport and the one with the kangaroo in the middle looks like a Qantas promotion.

Jan 25, 2011
by Anonymous

New National Aus flags

I favor #1 & 5.

Best bets, both Unique.

Jan 25, 2011
by Anonymous

Do it

# 2, no doubt

Feb 1, 2011
by Anonymous

Amateur, unimiginative, dire.

Probably the main problem with New Flag Movement is the mind-boggingly craptastic alternatives they keep putting forth. C'mon, ALL of these look like they should have come third in a highschool design competition or go somewhere on the packaging of a proud Australian Owned snackfood.

We're are all the beautiful, unique, PROFFESSIONAL quality designs, graphic artists of Australia?

Feb 7, 2011
by Toby
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Amateur, Unimaginative, Dire

I have to say I agree with you and I love the word 'craptastic!' Is that your 'design?'

Toby

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