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 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.au
2. The Aboriginal Flag
The 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
4. Australian Flag Design # 4
"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
6. Australian Flag Design #6
"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