Australia Reconciliation Flag.
Flag designed by John Blaxland
Size 120 x 60cm with 2 brass eyelets
Material- knitted Polyester
Price inclusive of registered shipping
“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. The red band, shaped as a boomerang, also symbolises local ingenuity and adaptation and, along with the dots, pays homage to Indigenous artistry.
A seven-pointed star symbolic of the federation, with its six original states and the Commonwealth, includes 250 dots representing the languages of Indigenous people and post-1788 migrants – all together as one in the dominant top-left quadrant, symbolising the authority of the people of Australia, within an inclusive federation.
The red boomerang, in turn, abuts against a band of white: “girt” by sea much like waves on a beach along the country’s famous shoreline. The white abuts the blue which, together with the red and white bands, becomes a sliver of the Union Jack, symbolising recognition of the British-derived national institutions, culture and language that are the foundations of modern Australia.
The stars of the southern cross symbolize a modern, egalitarian, multicultural and inclusive Australia. Scanning left to right, one sees a country informed by its history – initially Aboriginal, then British, then distinctly independent and multicultural. Everyone is included in the federation and this rendition portrays us as all in this together, as a symbol of recognition, reconciliation and inclusiveness. In Australia we must choose a design or be stuck with a faintly embarrassing anachronism. It’s time for an inclusive flag symbolising reconciliation.”