Newspaper and Magazine Articles

It is interesting to follow the flag debate as reported in the mainstream media - this is the bread and butter of future historical perspectives. Below we have listed many articles from the mass media directly related to the flag debate, and have the text of many of the articles. We welcome any references to articles not listed here, please email us!

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Newspaper Articles

2015

PM Officially Announces Changes To Fiji Flag, Fijison.com.fj, 3 February 2015
Fiji to beat NZ on flag change, stuff.co.nz, 3 February 2015
It′s time we changed the flag, news.com.au, 26 January 2015
Peter FitzSimons explains why it′s time to change the Australian flag, smh.com.au ,26 January 2015

2013

TV & Radio - 25 January 2013

2012

Amid pride and prejudice, it′s time for a new flag, The Saturday Age, 4 February 2012.

2011

Is this England playing with itself again?, Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 2011.
Stars and gripes, Sun Herald, 27 November 2011.
TV & Radio - Saturday 3 September 2011, 3 September 2011.
TV & Radio - Saturday 2 September 2011, 2 September 2011.
The flying prawn? It could take off, Sydney Morning Herald, August 25 2011.
Qantas flying low, Sydney Morning Herald, August 24 2011.
Groups uses Oz Day to flag old argument, Moonee Valley Weekly, February 1 2011.
Australia: flagging change or blowing in the wind?, Sunday Age, January 30 2011.
Australia: flagging change or blowing in the wind?, The Age, January 30 2011.
Fewer salute when we try running up a new flag, Sun Herald, January 30 2011.
Change is blowing in the wind, PM, WA Today, January 29 2011.
A media flag-waving exercise, crikey.com.au, January 28 2011.
Fluttering in the wind, Newcastle Herald, January 27 2011.Day to flag old arguments about the modern-day relevance of the national symbol, The Australian, January 27 2011.
Day to flag old arguments about the modern-day relevance of the national symbol, The Australian, January 27 2011.
Australians of the Year rally around as call goes out for a new flag, Sydney Morning Herald, January 26 2011.
Eureka? An answer to that Jack in the corner gets a little bit warmer, Sydney Morning Herald, January 26 2011.
Elite group says design overhaul overdue, Canberra Times, January 26 2011.
Push to sack the Union Jack, The Age, January 26 2011.
High profile Australians join call for new flag, NZ Herald, January 26 2011.
Australians may be getting a new national flag, POPFi, January 26 2011.
Eminent Australians rally around as call goes out for a new flag, Avon Valley Advocate, January 26 2011.
Eminent Australians rally around as call goes out for a new flag, Sydney Morning Herald, January 26 2011.
Eureka? An answer to that Jack in the corner gets a little bit warmer, Brisbane Times, January 26 2011.
Leading Australians start push to sack Union Jack from national flag, The Age, January 26 2011.

2010

Focus groups stopping republic: McGorry, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 26 2010.

2009

Turnbull power trip flags his polling woes, West Australian, 15 September 2009.

2006

Racism draped in flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 January 2006.
It′s time for a flag that unites our people, The Newcastle Herald, 26 January 2006.
A dummy′s guide to Oz day, The Jakarta Post, 26 January 2006.
I should have thought first: flag burner sentenced to jail, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2006.

2005

Letters to the Editor, The Age, 28 December 2005.
Lowering our standards with a tired old flag, The Age, 27 December 2005.
We Have To Make Jerusalem England′s National Anthem, Daily Mirror(UK), 17 September 2005.
No bull from Skippy brigade, The Australian, 5 May 2005.
Red roos mark out Aussie troops in Iraq, ABC News Online, 3 May 2005.
Push to get rid of our ′Model T′ flag The New Zealand Herald, 26 January 2005.

2004

Aussie picks NZ to win race to new flag, The New Zealand Herald, 25 November 2004.
Kiwis flag change, Herald-Sun, 24 November 2004.
Redesign transtasman flags, The New Zealand Herald, 21 August 2004.
Turnbull stars in double-cross on flag, The Australian, 20 August 2004.
Do we have an Australian flag?, The Age, 26 June 2004.
Rally around the flag But which one?, The Age, Editorial, 20 March 2004.

2003

Flagging a change, The Daily Telegraph, 27 January 2003.
We need a flag for the people, The Sunday Telegraph, 26 January 2003.
A new anthem to chew over, The Weekend Australian, 25 January 2003.

2002

Even symbolic species not safe, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 December 2002.
Call to ban flag-burning, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 November 2002, p.3.

2001

Eureka flag: appropriated or not, it′s appropriate, The Sunday Age, 16 December 2001, p.15.
Australia′s national symbol by default, The Newcastle Herald, 11 September 2001.
Our flag, chosen for us by London, The Australian, 3 September 2001, p.13.
Flag group sees red on giveaways, The Herald-Sun, 14 May 2001, p.14.
A flag for the New Millennium, Australian Geographic, April-June 2001, p.35.
It′s due time to scrap the Jack, The Australian, 26 January 2001, p.13.
Aussies′ Union hijack has Barmy Army on the attack, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2001.

2000

Excuse me Mr Howard, but that flag is best hanging in a museum, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 October 2000, p.24.
Discussion on moves to change the Australian flag, Radio 2SM Sydney, 9 October 2000.
Standard reply, The Sunday Telegraph, 8 October 2000.
Time you hit the road, Jack, The Australian, 6 October 2000, p.13.
Flagging interest, The Sunday Telegraph, 1 October 2000.
Our colours of confusion, The Australian, 15 September 2000.
It′s official: Freeman can fly flag of victory, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 September 2000, p.1.
A question of standards, The Sunday Age, 20 August 2000.
Can′t vote, can′t stay, The Australian, 1 August 2000, p.15.
Fly the real flag or none, says its designer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 July 2000, p.4.
Aboriginal designer flags a war on fakes, The Australian, 18 July 2000, p.5.
Australia should fly two flags, says Ridgeway, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 July 2000, p.2.
No one will salute it if you don′t run it up the flagpole, The Australian, 26 January 2000.
Gold star for new national flag design, The Australian, 26 January 2000, p.1.

1999

Expats thumb their nose at change, The Age, 2 September 1999.
Aussie brits put republic at risk, The Australian, 1 September 1999, p.12.
Monarchists slam bid to stop UK citizens voting, ABC News, 1 September 1999.
Ausflag calls for Brits to be barred from republic referendum, The World Today, 1 September 1999.
PM cools it as flag debate heats up debate, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 1999, p.4.
Republic may lower the flag, Anderson fears, The Australian, 24 August 1999, p.6.
Top monarchist sets the flag flapping among republicans, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 August 1999, p.1.
Ultimate shame, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 1999, Stay In Touch, p.22.
Flags ride on Origin, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 1999, p.1.
Flag red faces, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 May 1999, p.5.
Support flags, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 May 1999, Stay In Touch, p.24.
Wave the flag, don′t waive rules, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 1999, p.3.
Flag, The New Town Times, May 1999, p.19.
Design your own flag, The Sun Herald, 28 February 1999, SuperScene p.4.
Child migrant behind Day of the Roses, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1999, p.6.
Back to the drawing board on the flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1999, p.6.
Have your say about a new national flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 1999, p.5.
It′s hooroo to the flag if you believe this pole, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 1999, p.1.

1998

Jack of the flag, The Sun Herald, 3 May 1998.
Flying a southern symbol that will unite us all, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 1998, p.17.
Threat to drop flag from uniform, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 April 1998, p.4.
Let′s salute the rising sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 1998, p.17.
UK image guru finds our flag designs a bit limp, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1998, p.5.
You flagged it - We need something new up the pole, The Sydney Morning Herald, 31 January 1998, p.1.
100,000 tap into the Net to see flags, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 1998, p.5.
The debate on a new flag, Editorial, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 1998, p.12.
Kennett flags a new day dawning, The Age, 27 January 1998.
Chance to vote for our next flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1998, p.1.
Symbolism in flag is ′too narrow′, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1998, p.3.
The year of the flag, The Age, 26 January 1998.
Wrapped in the flag? If not, give these a go, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 January 1998, p.1.

1997

Datelines: Harold Scruby - Campaigner for a new flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 October 1997, p.S2.
Flag waived, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 October 1997, p.24.
Loyalists in a flap over republican flag plans, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 October 1997, p.6.
British still get final say, The Sun-Herald, 14 September 1997, p.35.
Sam jacks in flag, The Sunday Telegraph, 14 September 1997.
Right to vote, Editorial, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 1997, p.14.
Hands off our national symbols, The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 1997, p.15.
Our British voters may not count, Editorial, The Australian, 10 September 1997, p.12.
Republicans attack Britons′ right to vote, The Independent, 10 September 1997, p.11.
Migrants challenge republic vote rules, The Australian, 9 September 1997, p.1.
Australia? Isn′t that a British possession?, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 August 1997, p.6.
Flagpoles Apart, The Sun-Herald, 17 August 1997, p.60.
National flag, Editorial, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 August 1997, p.44.
It′s the bit in the corner that′s the problem, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 1997, p.5.
ATSIC head joins flag body, The Australian, 29 July 1997, p.2.
Let′s show our true colours, The Australian, 24 June 1997, p.15.
Stop flying this flag, says RSL, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 1997, p.8.
New flag advocates see red over historical blue ensign, The Weekend Australian, 26-27 April 1997, p.9.
′Great day′ for flag′s designer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 April 1997, p.5.
Greiner flags Aboriginal leaders, The Sun-Herald, 2 February 1997, p.13.
Britain′s legacy flies in the face of public opinion, The Melbourne Age, 30 January 1997, p.A15.
The cross still stars on Ausflag no. 9, The Australian, 28 January 1997, p.2.
Big guns raise the Southern Cross, flagship for a new millennium, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 January 1997, p.5.
Too Few Salute the Flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 28 January 1997, p.14.
A new flag design that fits like an old pair of jeans, The Daily Telegraph, 28 January 1997, p.5.
Ideas for a new flag poles apart, The Age, 28 January 1997, p.A5.
Support grows for Aboriginal elements in flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 January 1997, p.5.

1996

Webster hops onto the Ausflag board, The Sun-Herald, 1 December 1996, p.20.
Flagging, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 23 November 1996, p.44.
Flagging an identity crisis, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 November 1996, p.32.
New wave design for State flag run up the pole, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 November 1996, p.5.
Agreement on new coat of arms, The Sun-Herald, 10 November 1996, p.19.
Greiner joins flag recruits, The Sun-Herald, 10 November 1996.
The wrongs of a selective right to vote, The Sun-Herald, 20 October1996, p.18.
Keep coat at arm′s length, The Daily Telegraph, 18 October 1996, p.5.
Voting rights, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 23 September 1996, p.12.
Fischer waltzes for Matilda, The Daily Telegraph, p.2, 23 September 1996.
Fischer backs Matilda, The Australian, 23 September 1996, p.2.
Court bid on British vote rights, The Australian, 16 September 1996, p.4.
Brits - no right to the Aussie vote, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 September 1996, p.13.
′Dirge′ overwhelms the jolly swagman, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 1996, p.3.
Baird′s republican call helped by Royals, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 August 1996, p.3.
Flag pride, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 10 August 1996, p.34.
Freeman `let us down′ on flag, says Perkins, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 August 1996, p.10.
Cathy will be flying the flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 July 1996, p.8.
Freeman warned: Don′t fly the flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July 1996, p.55.
It′s still too early for celebrations, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 July 1996, p.15
Rally ′round the flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 28 June 1996, p.18.
Royal traditions run up the flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 1996, p.17.
Flag idea waives all logic, The Australian, 20 June 1996, p.13.
Cathy home free for two-flags run, The Australian, 8 May 1996.
Unfurling a new image, The Melbourne Age, 3 May 1996.
Cloud over recognition of black flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 May 1996, p.3.
Labor proposes ban on UK flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 1996, p.8.
Flag waving, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, 29 April 1996, p.16.
Let′s have an Aussie only vote on the flag, The Sun-Herald, 28 April 1996, p.20.
Fate of the flag separate issue, The Brisbane Courier Mail, Editorial, 27 April 1996.
PM′s flag law plan annoys Ausflag, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 1996, p.3.
PM′s flag call branded crass, The Brisbane Courier Mail, 26 April 1996.
Lawyers question Howard flag plan, The Australian, 26 April 1996, p.1.
Howard sets his position on the flag, The Australian, Editorial, 26 April 1996, p.12.
Howard moves to block flag change, The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 April 1996, p.4.
Howard to protect the flag, The Australian, 25 April 1996, p.1.
No flag change without a vote, The Melbourne Age, 25 April 1996.
Flagging the face of `treason′, Sydney Morning Herald, p.15, 6 February 1996.
People′s poll may decide what goes up the poles, Sydney Morning Herald, p.3, 29 January 1996.
A new flag? It′s the Done thing, The Daily Telegraph, p.14, 29 January 1996.
Flying the flags, Sydney Morning Herald, p.13, 23 January 1996.
Done rates us five-star" The Sunday Telegraph, 21 January 1996, p.13.
A new flag? Consider it Done" The Sun-Herald, 21 January 1996, p.3.

1995

Keeping the flag flying, The Sun-Herald, p.18, 24 December 1995.
Drop the Union Jack for Olympics - Sartor, Sydney Morning Herald, p.8, 12 December 1995.
Flagging our future on the Net, Sydney Morning Herald, Computers & Communications 3, 12 December 1995.
New NSW Flag, The Sydney Morning Herald, Editorial, p.36, 25 November 1995.
Few know what State Flag looks like, poll shows, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.5, 23 November 1995.
Flying the flag, The Sun Herald, p.56, 8 October 1995.
Ausflag flies its colours on the Web, The Australian, p.38, 3 October 1995.
Foreign flags made war heroes republicans, The Australian, 30 August 1995.
Forum runs flag designs up the pole, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 August 1995.
Pressure mounts on Howard in flags row, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.1, 6 July 1995.
Flags no longer a problem of protocol, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.8, 6 July 1995.
Aboriginal flag a symbol of reconciliation, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.13, 6 July 1995.
Let us wave the flag by all means - but only one, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.62, 6 July 1995.
Howard claims Aboriginal flag move divisive, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.5, 5 July 1995.
Cathy′s flag gets official blessing, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.1, 1 July 1995.
Only a redesigned flag signals our independence, The Australian, 11 April 1995.
A national anthem, a colonial flag, The Labor National Herald, April 1995.
Designers to co-operate on new flag, The Australian, 7 March 1995.
Canberra fails symbol test, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 1995.
Half of us seek something new to run up the pole, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 1995.

1994

Golden girl Freeman backs campaign to change our flag, The Australian, p.3, 10 November 1994.
Aboriginal flag has many roles, says designer, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 September 1994.
Heroes flag a change, Telegraph Mirror, p.1/4, 19 August 1994.
Blacks see Union Jack as bar to reconciliation, The Australian, 15 August 1994.
Schooled on British subjects, The Australian, Weekend Review, 8-9 October 1994, p.16.
Swapping swipes over our identity, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 1994.
All in a flap over our true colours, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 1994.
PM should ask us first: Dame Leonie, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 1994.
Flag guidelines sent to graphic designers, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 June 1994.
Flag controversy may help clear up some of the myth, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.6, 4 June 1994.
Several versions of the one truth, The Sydney Morning Herald, p.6, 4 June 1994.
Setting a new standard for the 2000 Olympics, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 1994.
Top designers to create flag, The Weekend Australian, 30 April 1994.
Labor to drop Union Jack, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April 1994.

1993

Southern Cross emblem is flying high, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 December 1993.
Flags of a very high standard, The Weekend Australian, p.16, 18-19 December 1993.
Non-citizens become a factor, The Financial Review, August 31, 1993.
Debate on the flag runs out of puff, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 1993.

1992 and earlier

Australia must fly the flag of the future, The Melbourne Age, 6 May 1992.
Pommie votes `break law′, The Australian, 20 April 1989, p.1.
The Union Jack is an encumbrance we can all do so much better without, The Australian Financial Review, 22 January 1987.
Why not a new flag?, The Australian Financial Review, 14 March 1986, p.14.

Magazine Articles

Run it up the flagpole, Good Weekend, p.12, 8 April 1995.
Clash of Symbols, Good Weekend, pp.47-48, 1 October 1994.
Flag of Inconvenience?, The Australian Magazine, pp.28-31, 25-26 September 1993.
An erstwhile ensign, Modern Times, June 1992.
The Best and Brightest, The Australian Magazine, pp.40-42, 30-31 May 1992.