Australian Flag Society

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Australian Flag Society
National ConvenorNigel Morris (since 2008)
Founded4 July 2001 [As Australian National Flag Association (ACT) Inc][1][2]
IdeologyNational conservatism
Edwardian militarism
Slogan"Fear God, Honour the Queen, Remember 1915!"[3]

The Australian Flag Society (AFS) was founded as an advocacy group to argue the case for a referendum and constitutional elevation for the existing flag of Australia.[4][5][6]

The website of the AFS states the following aims and objectives:

  • Making civics education, vexillogical and other resources available to organisations and the general public and considering all requests for grants of aid and materiel.
  • Due recognition of the Australian National Flag and observance of Australian National Flag Day, 3 September.
  • Facilitating contact between supporters of the Society to discuss ways to promote the Australian National Flag and Australian patriotism in general.
  • Maintaining a general headquarters and preservation of the Society's collection.
  • Continuing to add to the body of knowledge through primary research.


The AFS is currently unincorporated;[7] it was originally constituted as the Australian Capital Territory branch of the Australian National Flag Association (ANFA). ANFA ACT had been founded by Nigel Morris[8][9] who in 2002 secured federal funding for the distribution of the "Our National Flag ... since 1901" video kit to all primary schools in Australia[10][11][12] being described as a "flag lobbyist" by the Canberra Times.[13]. However, on 15 July 2003, affiliation with ANFA was severed, and the organisation rebranded.[14]

Under the AFS constitution (adopted 25 October 2008),[15] the National Convenor may admit voting rights members and appoint from among their number officers of the Executive Council. In addition, members of the general public are able to subscribe to the AFS as supporters free of charge.[5]

Campaigns and initiatives[edit]

Parliament house centenary flag[edit]

On the 18 September 2001 during the centenary of federation the federal member for Hinkler, Paul Neville, would request of the speaker that:

"before it [the flag] becomes too faded or too tattered, [it] be taken down and perhaps offered to a museum or an art gallery as the seminal flag that flew over this building 100 years from the time the first flag was flown?" [16]

The parliament house centenary flag was subsequently entrusted to the AFS and has been paraded at schools to mark Australian National Flag Day on a tour of the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23]

National defence[edit]

The AFS favours a nuclear hedging strategy and acquiring "the ability to make nuclear weapons at short notice and the systems to deliver them in defence of the homeland." They have also proposed appointing "three war time deputy governor generals to inspect the men and women in uniform and develop comprehensive national service, civil defence, internment and continuity of government policies for Australia."[24]

In conjunction with Flag Day 2012, the AFS began an annual flag day charity appeal, making sales of postcards, flag related merchandise and receiving donations towards a gift and bereavement fund for wounded members of the Australian Defence Force.[25]

Civics education[edit]

The AFS has proposed 22 August be proclaimed as "Captain Cook Day" to commemorate the date explorer James Cook declared the British claim to Australia.[26]

National language, holiday and flag bill[edit]

On 30 April 2009 the AFS released their National Language, Holiday and Flag Bill, as the way forward in response to a petition of certain citizens calling for a parliamentary committee to review the Flags Act 1953 (Cth).[15] It proposes to amend the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (IMP) by way of modifiable provisions declaring English to be the national language, 26 January in each year to be Australia Day and the existing flag to be the Australian National Flag.[27][28][29]

Under the proposed legislative and constitutional refinements, it is envisaged that the Flags Act would remain on the statute books, to provide the construction sheet for the Australian National Flag which would be described in terms of its essential elements in the constitution, thereby settling the question of popular sovereignty in relation to the process for reviewing the design - in whole or in part - with a weighty body of legal opinion against the constitutionality of the current statutory rules in subsections 3(2) & (3),[30][31] which provide for an instant-runoff for choosing between the existing flag and one or more alternatives, on the basis of universal suffrage. As the device occupying the lower hoist is simply referred to as a "large white Commonwealth Star", the number of points on what is a well recognised heraldic symbol in its own right [32] could be varied by ordinary legislation, according to changes in membership of the Australian Federation, and not by a plebiscite as currently required, which would remove what has been criticised as an "anomalous and costly" impediment.[33]

Opposition to the recognition of other flags[edit]

In the lead up to the sesquicentenary of the Eureka Stockade in 2004, the AFS opposed moves to have the Eureka Flag officially recognised under the Flags Act 1953 (Cth).[34][35][36][37][38]

In 2008 the AFS lobbied members of the Tasmanian parliament for a public inquiry to be held in response to a motion proposed by Denison Labor MHA Lisa Singh to have the Australian Aboriginal Flag stand in Parliament House, Hobart.[15][39] The AFS is also opposed to "aboriginal treaties, separate elected and constitutional representation."[40]

National treasure quests[edit]

Image of assumed flag arrangement at the battle of the Eureka Stockade.

In 2013 the AFS announced a worldwide quest and $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the Union Jack which was reportedly hoisted as a second flag at the battle of the Eureka Stockade.[41]

An Australian flag believed to have been used by the 2/23rd battalion and flown at Linkgas beach during the battle of Tarakan was discovered after being featured on the promotional logo for the society's proposed Annual Pause for the National Salute.[42][43][44]

National salute[edit]

The AFS has proposed that all schools in Australia pause to recite the words of the national salute as part of the annual Australian National Flag Day commemorations. The national salute was part of Australian school tradition until falling into disuse from the late 1950s.[45]. The version used by the AFS reads as follows:

"I fear God, I love my country, I honour her Queen, I salute her flag, I promise to always obey her laws."[46]


It is the position of the AFS that the Australian constitution and national flag are both of divine inspiration. They have also proposed proclaiming the Holy Bible as Australia's official national book.[47][48]

In December 2016 the AFS launched Australian Christian Broadcasting as a news wire service focusing on biblical eschatology and current world events. The Australian Flag Society's Facebook fanpage also features a regular "World War 3 Watch" series and commentary based around the premise that the Biblical end time has arrived.[49]


Flag Breaking News is an occasional news bulletin published by the Australian Flag Society.[50][51]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pickworth, Carin, "ACT student rapt with Aussie flag", The Canberra Times, 6 July 2001
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  4. ^ Kwan, Dr Elizabeth. Flag and Nation. University of New South Wales Press, 2006, p. 11
  5. ^ a b "Australian Flag Society". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  6. ^ ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, Office of Regulatory Services
  7. ^ According to the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety, Office of Regulatory Services, the Australian Flag Society's incorporation ceased on 15 April 2005
  8. ^ Pickworth, Carin, "ACT student rapt with Aussie flag", The Canberra Times, 6 July 2001
  9. ^ Kwan, Dr Elizabeth. Flag and Nation. University of New South Wales Press, 2006, p. 11
  10. ^ "History of Aussie flag to be given to schools", Canberra Sunday Times, 11 August 2002
  11. ^ "Civics | Our National Flag...since 1901". 2005-06-14. Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  12. ^ "Nigel Morris - On Line Opinion Author". Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  13. ^ Centenera, Jeff, "Colours lowered as ACT's flag group ordered to disband", The Canberra Times, 4 November 2002
  14. ^ Kwan, Dr Elizabeth. Flag and Nation. University of New South Wales Press, 2006, p. 11
  15. ^ a b c!/group.php?gid=43963562568
  16. ^ Commonwealth, Parliamentary Debates, House of Representatives, 18 September 2001, 30853 (Paul Neville)
  17. ^ Ian Warden, 'How cricketing animals were kept off Australia's national flag', The Canberra Times (Canberra), 4 September 2002, p. 7
  18. ^ 'Students celebrate as the Australian flag turns 103', The Reporter (Acacia Ridge), 8 September 2004, p. 3
  19. ^ Annelie Hailes, 'Huge flag for a big country', Courier Mail, 4 September 2009, p. 33
  20. ^ 'Special day flagged by Central students', The Queensland Times, 2 September 2010, p. 6
  21. ^ Sarah Harvey, 'Now that’s a flag! Students salute big flag', The Queensland Times, p. 4 September 2012, p. 1
  22. ^ Chris Owen, ‘Ensign flags a very special Aussie day’, The Queensland Times, 3 September 2013, p. 2
  23. ^ Iconic flag to tour Warwick, Warwick Daily News, p. 3
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  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved 2013-06-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Society Flags Captain Cook Day", The Canberra Times, 23 August 2005
  27. ^ "National Language, Holiday and Flag Bill". 1998-03-24. Archived from the original on 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  28. ^ "Australian Flag Society responds to Ray Martin". Australian Conservative. 1998-03-24. Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  29. ^ "No Republic! Australians for Constitutional Monarchy - The Flag and the Constitution". 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
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  34. ^ "Eureka flag proposal puts critics in a flap - Local News - News - General". The Courier. 2004-07-21. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  35. ^ Best, Catherine (2003-03-05). "Liberal MP rubbishes Eureka flag proposal - Local News - News - General". The Courier. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  36. ^ "Ronaldson slams King over flag campaign - Local News - News - General". The Courier. 2003-03-06. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  37. ^ "Eureka: An historic distraction - On Line Opinion - 3/12/2004". On Line Opinion. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  38. ^ "No Republic! Australians for Constitutional Monarchy - Eureka - Australia's Historical Distraction". 2004-08-10. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  39. ^ "Flag motion procedural, says Polley - Local News - News - Politics - The Examiner Newspaper". 2008-09-27. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
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  42. ^ "Finding a National Treasure", Warwick Daily News, 22 August 2018, p. 1.
  43. ^ Anthony Bunn, 'Australian Flag Society convenor believes flag with links to Albury's Own war battalion deserves to be on the Border', 13 February 2019 <>.
  44. ^ "Photograph P02334.002". Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  45. ^ Kwan, 2006, p. 159
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  49. ^ "Australian Flag Society". Facebook. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  50. ^ "Flag Breaking News" (PDF). Australian Flag Society. December 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 January 2014.
  51. ^ "Flag breaking news bulletin". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 10 October 2015.

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