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16    Aboriginal flag

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senators Hanson-Young, Dodson and Lines, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 86—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes:

                                     (i)       that, in 1995, the Aboriginal Flag was recognised as a ‘flag of Australia’ under the Flags Act 1953 ,

                                    (ii)       that the designer of the Aboriginal flag owns the flag’s copyright and has licensed the rights to use the flag on garments to a company which is now requiring people to ask for permission to use the emblem and pay a fee,

                                  (iii)       that the licence has now been expanded to physical and digital media,

                                  (iv)       that many First Nations communities feel they are now at the mercy of a company seeking to profit from their flag, and

                                   (v)       the concerns in many First Nations communities that their flag is licensed to a company;

               (b)       recognises that the Aboriginal flag is one of Australia’s national symbols and a central part of First Nations people’s identity and that the flag should be about people and pride, not profit; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to do everything it can to ensure that all First Nations peoples and communities can use the flag whenever they want without cost or the need for consent.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.