Seeking community views on Flag retirement options

Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien is seeking feedback on the best and most appropriate way for Australians to retire used, damaged and worn out Australian National Flags.

Mr O’Brien said the Australian National Flag Protocols do not provide detailed guidance on how to retire flags that are damaged, faded or dilapidated.

“There is often concern from residents and community organisations in my electorate about how to best retire Australian National Flags with dignity and respect,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Just this week I have received many calls from people in Wide Bay asking how retired flags should be handled.

“I hope through the consultation process we can gather some useful suggestions and feedback on an appropriate flag retirement protocol for the future.”

Mr O’Brien said the Australian National Flag was a symbol of great importance to residents in Wide Bay.

“The Australian National Flag is proudly displayed by many community organisations, RSLs, schools, clubs and individuals in my electorate, reflecting the great pride and respect Australians have for our flag,” Mr O’Brien said.

A Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper has been made available to help start this important discussion.

“The Government is interested in community views on changes to the Flag Protocols to include guidance on conducting a retirement ceremony for worn Australian National Flags.

“We believe this may be a good option for schools, clubs, organisations and others looking for formality around flag retirement.”

For a copy of the Australian Government’s Flag Retirement Protocol Consultation Paper or to provide feedback on flag retirement options, please visit: www.dpmc.gov.au/flag  

Submissions are due by the end of February 2017.