‘Flying the flag for a fresh start‘, Canberra Times, 1 February 2014
Few realise that the overwhelming majority of Australia’s 102,000 war dead fought and died for the British Empire under Britain’s Union Jack as their national flag. Perhaps only 1000 of Australia’s war dead (excluding frontier conflict victims) died under our current flag.
The article summarises the history of our flags while arguing for a new one. The implication is that draping oneself in the Australian flag today to commemorate Gallipoli in 1915 is anachronistic. More from the author.