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Originally posted by 5pooky
reply to post by ThorsBrother
To be fair, the US Flag has all of the components of the Union Jack, too...
Australia is a constitutional monarchy with a federal division of powers. It uses a parliamentary system of government with Queen Elizabeth II at its apex as the Queen of Australia, a role that is distinct from her position as monarch of the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen resides in the United Kingdom, and she is represented by her viceroys in Australia (the Governor-General at the federal level and by the Governors at the state level), who by convention act on the advice of her ministers. Supreme executive authority is vested by the Constitution of Australia in the sovereign, but the power to exercise it is conferred by the Constitution specifically to the Governor-General. The most notable exercise of the Governor-General's reserve powers outside a Prime Minister's request was the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in the constitutional crisis of 1975.
Whether to call it the "Union Flag" or the "Union Jack" is a matter of debate by many. According to the Flag Institute, the vexillological organisation for the United Kingdom, "the national flag of the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories is the Union Flag, which may also be called the Union Jack." It also notes that "From early in its life the Admiralty itself frequently referred to the flag as the Union Jack, whatever its use, and in 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that Their Lordships had decided that either name could be used officially. In 1908, a government minister stated, in response to a Parliamentary question, that "the Union Jack should be regarded as the National flag" . Nevertheless, the term "Union Flag" is used in King Charles's proclamation of 1634, and in King George III's proclamation of 1 January 1801 concerning the arms and flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
I like your response
Originally posted by Melbourne_Militia
Stating the Australian Flag should have the Red Chinese flag in place of the Union Flag in the corner is just like stating that the American Flag should have the Israeli Flag in its corner!
Australia for all its issues and faults is still one of the best places to live in the world.
We can walk down the street without the fear of being shot or held up....we still have jobs if we want to work and make a dollar, and we also still have a decent economy going even thou the current government is doing its best to wreck it.
Australia has probably the most potential than any other country in the world if only we could get a decent leader and decent government that can run the place properly and invest in its people and its future.