By world standards, Australia is a relatively new nation. This is somewhat of an irony, considering that the Australian continent itself is one of the most ancient landmasses in the world! Being culturally so new, and hailing from Britain’s colonial past, the Australian identity is rather unique. The trouble is that it is in danger of being subsumed by political correctness and rampant political policy that undermines the values that so many Aussies hold dear to their hearts.
Our Aussie Values
Globalism has certainly introduced us to many great benefits, but the truth is that it has also led to the wilful and ignorant destruction of certain Australian values. At the very least, these values are quickly being forgotten or drowned out by a media that seems bent on transitioning to a world where traditions and values don’t matter as much as the next big story. So, what is Australia’s national identity all about?
Given our colonial past, the Australian identity is based on a strong sense of egalitarianism and social justice. We strongly favour a culture where everyone has access to a good life, and where ‘having a go’ is nurtured. This means that we don’t take kindly to authoritarianism, nor do we subscribe to the idea that our communities should be stratified into social-economic classes. These are the foundational values that all Aussies should remember, and the traditional values that people like Allan Pidgeon – chair of the Australian Flag Association – respect and promote.
A Story about Our National Flag
Did you know that in 1901, the Australian flag as we know it today was first flown in Melbourne over the Royal Exhibition Building? The flag itself was picked from over thirty thousand design competition entries. But there is a loose end to this story. There is a mystery afoot, and organisations like the Australian Flag Association want to solve it once and for all.
Once the first Aussie flag was flown proudly in 1901 and taken down, it was meant to go to a museum. However, it seems that it was lost somewhere along the way, as it is now not to be found anywhere. Indeed, in 1951 – the 50th anniversary of our Federation – the first flag was intended to be a big part of the celebrations. But it could not be found, and to this day it has yet to be recovered. Where is it? What happened to it?
Could Australia’s first flag simply have been misplaced somewhere in an attic? Is it on display somewhere in a home, without the owners knowing the significance of it? To this date, no one knows, but it is important to get the word out there so that it can be recovered and put on display for all Australians to see.
This flag is a vital part of Australia’s national character and identity, and finding it would mean so much to so many people – people who strongly believe in our traditional Aussie values and the significance they hold.