This is a little like expecting a bus driver to have an informed opinion on every other form of four-wheeled road-going transport. Meanwhile, the world in which I interpret a work of fiction has changed. And in the here and now, I find it really difficult to suspend my disbelief in the sorts of worlds other science fiction writers are depicting.
And even those who declare an interest in a new flag are divided on what that design should be. But why is this all coming to the fore again?
Since then, talkback host Tom Eliott — among others — has come out defending the current Australian flag with its Union Jack. Fighting for the Union Jack? Few realise the overwhelming majority of theAustralians who fought and died for the British Empire did so under the Union Jack, not the current Australian flag — as did the New Zealanders who died in the world wars.
Key understands this and is boldly setting New Zealand on a path which, in my view, Australia should follow. Prior to that, Australians were more familiar with the red ensign.
This was the civil ensign and was recognised as the unofficial Australian flag after Federation. The blue ensign existed but was in limited circulation.
At the opening of Parliament House in the flags flown were the Union Jack and the red ensign — not the blue one we currently take to be our flag.
The red ensign was prominent at the opening of Parliament House in Parliament House Art Collection. As the American comedian Jerry Seinfeld once said, the current Australian flag is the British flag on a starry night.
The dominant top left quadrant belongs to the flag of another nation, making Australia symbolically subordinate to Britain. That is an anachronism. A flag that matches our identity Post-war migration from war-torn Europe helped further differentiate Australia from Britain.
Does the Aussie flag still represent Australia well?
Replacing it would be an opportunity to acknowledge who we are as a nation. Brendan Lambourne In the meantime, Britain favoured trade with its European neighbours at the expense of its imperial offshoots.
Today many are uncomfortable flying it, seeing it as a symbol of division and disunity associated with reaction and fringe politics.
Finding a winning compromise Now, more than two centuries after the first British colonists arrived, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking to acknowledge in our constitution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — a profoundly important step for all of our citizens. Progress towards a new flag has been delayed in part by the lack of an evocative design that would capture the imagination.
There are several touchstone symbols that can either attract or repel supporters to alternative flag designs. First is the Union Jack. To some no flag will be acceptable if this is removed, yet to others this is exactly the most repellent feature.
Some kind of accommodation is necessary on this point. Second is the uniquely Australian configuration of the Southern Cross — with its oft-tatooed four seven-pointed stars and one five-pointed star.
Third is the seven-pointed federation star — a key symbol of Australia as an independent state. Then there is the gold and green — alluding to the colour of Ireland.
Designs that have not addressed these touchstones have failed to spark the imagination. We can do better. As mentioned at the outset, I have designed a flag which you can see at the top of this article that fosters recognition and reconciliation while incorporating aspects of the touchstones.
Placing the black, red and yellow colours from the Aboriginal flag at the leading edge gives due recognition to the original inhabitants and the land itself.As China becomes, again, the world's largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past. But it does not know how to achieve or deserve it.
Amy Freeman, a year-old mother of three, stood recently in the young-adult section of her local Barnes & Noble, in Bethesda, Md., feeling thwarted and disheartened.
She had popped into the. Victoria State Government provides funding as a strategic partner of The Conversation AU. La Trobe University provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU. Over the past three weeks the ABC. Disclosure statement. John Blaxland is a sixth-generation Australian of British descent.
He served for 28 years in the Australian Army and is the author of 'The Australian Army from Whitlam to. Being a guy who writes science fiction, people expect me to be well-informed about the current state of the field—as if I'm a book reviewer who reads everything published in my own approximate area.
(This is a little like expecting a bus driver to have an informed opinion on every other form of. Richard Sakwa. The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession. (Cambridge University Press, ).