Media Release: Australians urged to unite under our iconic national flag

Australians are being encouraged to unite in celebration tomorrow as we stop to recognise our shared identity and heritage under the banner of the iconic Australian Flag.

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Senator the Hon. James McGrath said Saturday 3 September was National Flag Day – a day to reflect on our history, our future and the importance of our iconic national symbol.

“The Australian Flag is a symbol that garners respect, optimism and a shared sense of pride in our citizens here and around the world,” Senator McGrath said.

“Australia is still a young country, but our impact on the world has been great.

“Our national flag has united our citizens on the field of battle; it has helped inspire courage, foster mateship and act as a symbol of honour and respect.

“On the sporting field our flag has helped drive our athletes to success on the world stage.

“Our flag represents a people and a place considered by many to be one of the best places in the world to live. We truly are the lucky country,” he said.

Senator McGrath encouraged Australians to raise a flag this National Flag Day and embrace the unique values, qualities and possibilities that we all share and enjoy as Australian citizens.

“The Australian flag was originally chosen from five nearly identical designs in 1901, the result of an international competition to design a flag for the newly formed Australian Federation.

“It was first flown over the dome of the exhibition building in Melbourne, the then seat of the federal government, on September 3, 115 years ago. 

“Since then it has been proudly raised by Australians at home and abroad as a mark of celebration, triumph and solidarity.”

Senator McGrath will celebrate National Flag Day and the 115th birthday of the Australian National Flag at a ceremony hosted by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Councillor Graham Quirk at King George Square in Brisbane starting at 9.30am.

For information on the Australian Flag, advice on flag protocols, educational activities or to join the Commonwealth Flag Network visit www.itsanhonour.gov.au.

Media contact: Clare Siddins, 07 5441 1800