Otra nueva propuesta de bandera para Australia
El historiador John Blaxland ha presentado su propio diseño para una nueva bandera australiana, uniéndose así a las decenas de propuestas que han surgido en los últimos años con el objetivo de conseguir un enseña nacional más distintivo. Este nuevo diseño pretende combinar elementos de la cultura aborigen junto con el pasado colonial y el muticulturalismo que caracteriza a la sociedad australiana.
New flag proposed for Australia
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
Dr John Blaxland, a military historian from the Australian National University, designed the flag, saying he hoped to capture all aspects of the country's history, including its Aboriginal heritage, its colonial past and multiculturalism.
"People can identify with various parts of it and see that Australia is actually a multicultural place with a rich history that reaches back for generations," he said.
The flag includes 250 dots to represent the range of Aboriginal languages and the native tongues of Australia's immigrants, as well as a white stripe to create an "echo" of the Union flag.
"We can move on, we can reflect on our history but also acknowledge in the design ... that we can't completely trash the British heritage," he said.
"I get the significance of the current flag, I get the significance of the Union Jack. I also get that a lot of people don't like it. I think we need to find a compromise, something that is going to be inclusive and appeals to all Australians."