MEDIA RELEASE

Sunday 26 November 1995

A New Flag for NSW

"The AGB McNair findings regarding the extraordinarily low percentage of NSW residents who were able to define their own state flag, was not surprising," the Executive Director of Ausflag, Mr Harold Scruby said today. "There are at least fifty defaced British ensigns flying around the world and this is just one of them depicting colonial symbols which have absolutely no relevance to a contemporary and future NSW."

"We totally support the editorial in yesterday′s Sydney Morning Herald" Mr Scruby said. "Just imagine what a real and readily identifiable NSW flag could do towards promoting NSW sport, culture, business and industry, both domestically and overseas. This is an extraordinary opportunity to promote NSW to the world as Sydney (and NSW) will be hosting the 2000 Olympics".

"Today, it would be unthinkable that an organisation would employ a logo which fewer than 12% of its shareholders or customers could recognise, let alone one whose primary symbol belonged to another country or competitor." he said.

"Northern Territorians admire, respect and promote their flag because it so clearly represents them; it is one of the few Australian flags which is not dominated by the Union Jack on a blue ground."

Mr Scruby called on the NSW Government to seriously consider the findings of the AGB McNair survey and the views and recommendations expressed in yesterday′s SMH editorial.