Australia is a democracy, so everyone has the right to exercise their Freedom of Speech and openly say something to this effect: ‘I find the current Australia flag alienates me and I want to feel included in our national flag.’ . They also have the right to design a replacement flag and promote their creation openly to the public.
A new Australian flag design flittered through social media early February 2016. Shortly afterwards the post disappeared, either deleted or the settings changed so the design wasn’t available for public consumption. I have no other information about it other than it was some kind of new design for the national Australian flag and hence am unable to deliver the perspective of this flag’s creator or acknowledge them.
The designer of this flag felt strongly enough about it to get a prototype created and showcase it around the country for, what I assume was, feedback about the design.
Controversy over the Australian Flag isn’t new, nor are the new designs which are created with the intention of replacing our current flag. This design however caught my attention because the symbolism made such a powerful statement about the beliefs and intentions of the creator/s.
The flag consists of:
- an upper blue horizontal band that is the same hue of blue as the background to the current Australian flag
- a lower green horizontal band
- the Aboriginal flag sitting in the centre shaped as a diamond
- the crescent moon with an eight pointed star sitting on the upper blue band.
The upper blue band itself holds no special significance other than to mimic some of the look and feel of the Australian flag. Incidentally, the blue on the Australian flag is only the background colour and symbolises nothing. On the other hand the lower green band does represent something quite significant; green symbolises Islam.
Some designers of a new Australian flag want to acknowledge Aboriginal people on their proposed flag. To do this they opt to either use the Aboriginal flag or its distinctive colours.
In this instance I personally believe the reason the Aboriginal flag is included on this design is to loudly declare: Australia is Aboriginal land, owned by the Aboriginal people and only the Aboriginal people can decide who can come here.
In my post Useful Idiots and the (Ab)Original Nations Passport I cover the chattering of people who are touting this belief.
The crescent moon and star are typically used to symbolise Islam or the Muslim community. Rather than using a five pointed star the designer has chosen an eight pointed star. Personally I believe the choice of an eight pointed star rather than a five pointed star may hold some significance for the designer.
However I am no expert on Islamic symbolism so it is difficult to ascertain the significance this style of eight point star is suppose to have. The eight-pointed star represents the Al-Quds star which symbolises the Seal of the Prophets, which means that Mohammed was the last prophet sent by Allah.
It is possible that the use of the eight pointed star is sending a powerful message. The removal of the Union Jack erases the Christian cross from the flag. The addition of the Islamic crescent moon and star represents Islam and / or Muslims and the use of the eight pointed star may be intended to represent Islam’s prophet Mohammed being the last prophet sent by Allah.
So effectively what this flag’s design symbolises is that Australia is Aboriginal land and only Aboriginal people can decide who comes here, and that it is also an Islamic country.
So my big question is, now that the national flag has been redesigned, and ownership sorted out, what is Australia going to be called in this new era? I mean, change of ownership, change of name….