(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
is not possible to legislate as a flag a design that has no significance and no
tradition attached to it.
Australia's National Flag
The Australian National Flag is a symbol from whence we have come.
The Union Jack represents:
These represent our early settlers, then of course there is the Southern Cross representing OUR place on Earth, and finally, the seven point Star of Federation, it is OUR history book, and nobody can change OUR history.
The Australian Blue Ensign is charged with five stars that form the Southern Cross and a sixth to represent the Commonwealth of Australia.
The design was chosen by a competition held in 1901, which attracted 32,823 entries.
The six points of the Star of the Commonwealth represent the six States, and the seventh represents the Northern Territory and the six external territories of Australia.
Our Flag Poem say's it all. But if
you have any doubts ask a mother, father, sister or brother, daughter, son or mate of an
Australian Soldier who paid the supreme sacrifice for his or her FLAG and COUNTRY.
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THE SOUTHERN CROSS
The crux is the most distinctive constellation of the Southern Hemisphere. It is visible in the night skies from south of approximately 30ºN latitude.
Of the main four stars the largest is the bottom one, the double star acrux, and the brightest is the star on the left, the Alpha crucis. This bright constellation was used as a navigational aid by the islanders in Oceania and by the European discoverers.
It became a popular emblem among the settlers, and since the 19th century has been displayed on many flags in the Southern Hemisphere.
Our Flag wears the stars that blaze at night,
Its for the English, the Scots and the
And you, who are shouting to change it,
Though there are plenty of people who'll tell
It doesnt mean we owe allegiance,
Its only an old piece of bunting,
The Australian Flag Poem
Author: Don Pinwill
I'm the fabric of freedom
I'm knitted with knowledge
I'm a Flag for the future
National Flag Day
For the Australian people, the Australian National Flag is profoundly symbolic. It is their chief national symbol and is the icon of Australian freedom as it flies 'aloft and free', representing both the union of Australians as a Independent Nation, and their rights and
responsibilities as citizens… allowing personal divergence and self-expression.
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Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870