Australian Aboriginal Flag is open to the public

The iconic Aboriginal flag was freely released after negotiations between the Australian Government and artist Harold Thomas.

In a media release on Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the copyright of the Aboriginal flag had been transferred to the Commonwealth.

“We have released the Aboriginal flag for the Australians,” said the Prime Minister.

“Through negotiations, we have endeavored to protect the integrity of the Aboriginal flag, in line with Harold Thomas’ wishes. The relationship that brought the flag to the public and reached this result. Thank you to everyone. “

Harold Thomas, a Ruricha in central Australia, designed the flag in 1970. Australia Aboriginal Institute and Tresstraight Islander StudiesFirst raised at the Land Rights Rally in Adelaide in July 1971, it gradually became a symbol of Aboriginal Australia.

The upper half of the Aboriginal flag is black to represent the Aboriginal people, the lower half is red to symbolize the earth, and the yellow circle in the center represents the sun.

Morrison said the Aboriginal flag will be managed in a similar way to the Australian flag. Its use is free, but it must be presented with respect.

“All Australians can now raise the Aboriginal flag on apparel such as sports jerseys and shirts. Paint on sports grounds, websites, paintings and other artwork, digital and other. You can use it without asking for permission in the media. Pay the fee. “

Designer Harold Thomas said he hopes the new deal will allow everyone in Australia to comfortably use the flag “as is, proudly and without restrictions.”

“The flag represents the timeless history of our land and the time of our people’s land. It is introspection and gratitude about who we are. It is our ancestors, It is drawn from the history of our land and our identity and will be respected in the future, “he said.

Indigenous Australian Minister Ken Wyatt said the free use of the flag was “very important to all Australians” and added that it was a permanent symbol close to the hearts of the Aboriginal people.

“In the last 50 years, we have taken Harold Thomas’ artwork to ourselves. We marched under the Aboriginal flag, stood behind it, and flew it high as a point of pride. “He said.

“Once this agreement is reached to resolve copyright issues, all Australians are free to display and use the flag to celebrate the indigenous culture. As the Federation holds the copyright. Now it belongs to everyone and no one can take it away. “

Currently, individuals have the right to create their own Aboriginal flags for personal use, but Carroll to ensure that commercially produced flags are of high quality and will continue to be manufactured in Australia. And Richardson Flag World is the Aboriginal flag and Hoojiro.

The transfer of copyright includes all future royalties that the Commonwealth receives from Flagworld’s sale of Flags to the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC), Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for a week each year.

In addition, the Australian Government will offer $ 100,000 a year in scholarships in honor of Harold Thomas to open up opportunities for indigenous students in the areas of indigenous governance and leadership.

Steve Milne