Yes, Elizabeth Farrelly, “Time’s right for a flag we can be proud of” (SMH 24 Sept) but that is not a flag taken from the Indigenous people, as your favoured one is. Surely in the 21st century we can arrive at something which will include the First Australians but look to the Australia of NOW.
Red earth yes; Uluru yes (I understand that it is the absolute centre of the world for Indigenous people) – but fortunately we are surrounded on all sides by the most amazing blue sky/water. And what happened to the wonderful Southern Cross which tells the world where we are in this firmament – not the northern hemisphere but absolutely in the southern hemisphere. After all, this land mass for centuries was known as “The Great Southern Land”.
Surely our artists can do something with all that material: ancient mythology (Uluru). ever-present sky and water; and our place on this planet – in the southern hemisphere.


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