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Australian National Flag Day - September 3.

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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5021 5987 Fax (03) 5023 3274

Monday, August 31, 2009


The National’s Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest, has called on residents to show their national pride and celebrate Australian National Flag Day by flying the Australian National Flag on September 3.

National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag that was to become our national flag was flown. On 3 September 1901, the then Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, announced the results of a competition to select a national flag for Australia.

“Since the flag was first designed it has been flown around the world as an emblem of our nation and our people,” Mr Forrest said.

“On the sporting field, on national days of celebration and mourning, in peace and war time, the Australian National Flag is a symbol that Australians identify with. It is a banner under which we celebrate in times of triumph and unite in times of sorrow.

“As Australians we can take pride in our rich heritage, democratic traditions and respect for diversity,” Mr Forrest said.

The Southern Cross reminds us of our unique position in the world as it can only be seen in the night skies of the southern hemisphere. The Commonwealth Star represents the federation of the six states and territories.

Mr Forrest said Australian National Flag Day provided a significant opportunity for Australians to celebrate the significance and symbolism of our flag.

“I encourage all Australians to fly or display the Australian National Flag proudly in their homes, their schools and communities,” he said.

Mr Forrest can be contacted on 0428 500 186.