Quick Answer: Is The Aboriginal Flag Privately Owned?

Who owned Australia?

“Twenty-first century Australia is built on the premise that the British Government acquired title to the country more than 200 years ago.

Although significant shifts in our understanding have taken place in recent decades, this basic ownership has been unchallenged..

Which flag should be raised the highest?

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary. If you’re raising other national flags too, the U.S. flag should be raised first and lowered last. The U.S. flag should always be in the center and highest when displayed with other flags.

Why do we fly the Aboriginal flag?

Why is flying the flags important? Flying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags demonstrates Australia’s recognition of First Nation peoples, promoting a sense of community partnership and a commitment toward reconciliation.

Does Australia have 2 flags?

The Australian Army does not have a separate flag, but uses the Australian National Flag. The Australian Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islanders flag in 1995 were proclaimed to be Flags of Australia under the Flags Act 1953.

Why can’t the AFL use the Aboriginal flag?

The Australian Aboriginal flag will not be painted onto the centre circle of AFL grounds during this year’s Indigenous round due to a copyright issue with WAM Clothing.

Is Eddie Betts Aboriginal?

Betts was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and raised by his mother in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. … As a result, his mother arranged for the 15-year-old Betts to move to Melbourne and begin a TAFE program run by Indigenous former footballer Phil Krakouer.

Is Harold Thomas Aboriginal?

Harold Joseph Thomas (born c. 1947) is an Aboriginal Australian artist and activist descended from the Luritja people of Central Australia. … Thomas designed the flag in 1971 as a symbol of the Aboriginal land rights movement.

What does the aboriginal flag Symbolise?

The symbolic meaning of the flag colours (as stated by Harold Thomas) is: Black – represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. Yellow circle – represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector. Red – represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal peoples’ spiritual relation to the land.

Who copyrighted the Aboriginal flag?

Indigenous artist and copyright holder Harold Thomas designed the flag in 1971 and non-Indigenous company WAM Clothing owns the commercial licensing rights.

Where did the Aboriginal flag come from?

Aboriginal Elder Harold Thomas, a Luritja man from Central Australia, designed the Aboriginal flag in 1971. It was created as a symbol of unity and national identity for Aboriginal people during the land rights movement of the early 1970s. The bright colours of the Aboriginal flag are no coincidence.

Do you need permission to fly the Aboriginal flag?

Permission is not required to fly the Australian Aboriginal flag, however, the Australian Aboriginal flag is protected by copyright and may only be reproduced in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 or with the permission of Mr Harold Thomas.

Is it illegal to fly the Australian flag?

Flying the Australian national flag with other national flags. … National flags should never be flown together on the same flagpole. According to international practice, no national flag should fly above another in peacetime. The Australian national flag must, however, take the position of honour.

What are the 3 flags of Australia?

Australia has three official flags: the Australian National Flag, the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag.

Are aboriginal genes recessive?

We don’t have recessive genes for our skin colour, so there is no ‘throwback’ for it among us (unlike red hair, which pops up every second or third generation). An Aboriginal baby is never browner than the darker-skinned parent. Indigenous people in Australia come in all colours of the rainbow in their complexions.

What is aboriginal mean?

1 : being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region aboriginal forests aboriginal rocks.

Who owns the indigenous flag?

Harold ThomasInstead the flag belongs to Harold Thomas, an Aboriginal artist who designed it in 1971 for his people’s civil rights movement. Mr Thomas retains the full copyright – a status clarified by a legal battle in the 1990s – and he has leased reproduction rights to different companies over the years.

Who owns the Aboriginal flag and why?

The flag is not in the public domain and won’t be until 70 years after Thomas’ death. Thomas is alive and well, aged 73 and living in Alice Springs. So, for the foreseeable future, use of the flag is controlled by WAM and Thomas.