Flag Proportion: 1:2
This flag represents a reconciliation of the past, recognition of our heritage, and an optimism about the future.
Reconciliation is achieved by the progression across the flag of the Aboriginal and European colours - black, gold, red, white and blue. The common colour, red, is in the middle of the five, suggesting a meeting of minds and of purpose.
Our national heritage is also represented in the colours - the Aboriginal colours for our indigenous heritage, and red, white and blue representing our British, and more broadly, European heritage. The boomerang device gives the flag a uniquely Australian identity, whilst the diagonal white stripe gives the flag an historical linkage to the diagonals of the Union Flag. Blue and Gold also represent Australia's heraldic colours, taken from the torse of Australia's Coat of Arms.
Our southern cross is retained in exactly the same form as it currently appears to provide continuity with our current flag. The southern cross in this form has become strongly identified with Australia and is extremely popular.
Finally, our seven pointed Federation star, representing the six original states with one point for all future states and territories, is given pride of place at the vexillological honour point - the upper hoist or canton of the flag.
The Federation star represents the unity and purpose of the Australian nation, its sovereignty as derived from its people, and forms a symbol of the embodiment of our democracy. By placing it in the honour position of the flag, it forges an Australian nation in which all citizens strive towards a common goal of a prosperous, peaceful, tolerant and unified nation.
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