Sunday, July 10, 2011

Flying the flag for real reconciliation

It will be forty years on July 12 since the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) first flew the distinctive black, red and yellow Aboriginal flag.

Six months later in January 1972 the flag gained a more official status when it was hoisted above the newly-established Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra.

The flag’s designer Harold Thomas says he wanted the flag to symbolise ‘the struggle’. It was primarily about the struggle for Aboriginal land rights but has become about much more.

So, what’s left of the struggle four decades later?

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