Fly the Aboriginal Flag on Anzac Hill, Alice Springs
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The Aboriginal flag designed in 1970 by Central Australian Luritja man Mr. Harold Thomas is an Official Flag of Australia since 1995 under the Flags Act 1953. Mr. Thomas was born in Alice Springs and was a member of the Stolen Generation. Mr. Thomas was the first Aboriginal person to graduate from an Australian Art School. He also held an Honorary Degree in Social Australian Anthropology – definitely someone Alice Springs should be proud of!
For many years the proposal to fly the Aboriginal Flag on Anzac Hill has been discussed and considered by past and current Members of the Alice Springs Town Council. Anzac Hill is the ANZAC epitaph. It is respected as are our fallen and current heroes who are held in the highest regard. A large number of Central Australian Aboriginal men served. Anzac Hill is also an Arrernte sacred site and of great significance to Arrernte people.
Residents of Alice Springs, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, support the motion to fly the Flag. Following recent community consultation and a unanimous YES vote, the current ASTC majority (5 to 4) recently voted NO citing that flying the Flag would be devisive, will cause more division in the community, won't stop anti social behaviour, need the legal (one Councillor's word for cultural) "tick".
WE believe flying the flag would be a positive step towards unity, inclusion and reconciliation. It would mean the first time in the history of this country that two "sacred" sites would and could co-exist. Help us fly the Aboriginal Flag on Anzac Hill by signing this petition.
Once signed please contact AST Councillor Catherine Satour directly to show your support: Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org
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