The flag at the top is the current flag which ties Australia to Great Britain. I don’t like that. I also don’t like the aesthetic. It is not distinctive, but it is ugly.
By contrast, the second flag is the current Aboriginal flag and the one I would like to represent us to the rest of the world. It shrieks ‘the sunburnt country’ and the past we share with the First Australians. No one looking at that flag could mistake it for anything but the Australian flag. And it is beautiful.
We Australians did not have the courage to own Waltzing Matilda as our National Anthem; I hope that sometime in the near future we will have the courage to own our shared heritage by adopting the Aboriginal flag. I think that would be a better sign of respect than a handful of dry words in the constitution.
Am I alone in this?