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Statement on Aboriginal flag



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LINDA BURNEY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS

MEMBER FOR BARTON

STATEMENT ON ABORIGINAL FLAG

The recently introduced restrictions on the use of the Aboriginal flag are unacceptable and

heartbreaking.

This is a national flag and the Government has to make sure that it is freely available to all

Australians. The Government has the power and the resources to fix this.

The Morrison Government should come to an arrangement with WAM clothing that

respects the copyright of Harold Thomas and frees the flag so it can be used without

restrictions.

Labor encourages all Australians to display the flag with pride.

It’s heartbreaking to see a private company holding this symbol of incredible strength for its

private profit.

The Aboriginal flag is a national symbol, but it’s not being treated like one.

It’s deeply concerning that WAM Clothing, the company which currently holds rights to the

flag, has been linked to a company which has been prosecuted for selling fake Indigenous

art.

FRIDAY, 21 AUGUST 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: DARYL TAN 0422 028 222

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.