Throughout its history, the Australian flag has been used to promote an exclusive white Australian nationalism. Even while flying over multicultural Australia, its message is that Australia, fundamentally, remains a white, Anglo-Celtic outpost in South-East Asia and that refugees and many non-white immigrants need not apply for membership.
In this context, it’s not surprising then that the initiative by the socialist youth organisation Resistance to sell flag-burning kits has taken off.
“Given the Howard government’s attack on our right to speak out and to dissent, burning the Australian flag is one way we have of dramatising our opposition to this”, Melbourne Resistance organiser Brianna Pike told Green Left Weekly. “The kit was inspired by Resistance member Azlan McLennan’s artwork Proudly Un-Australian, which was censored by police”, Pike said.
“The flag-burning kit campaign is a way of highlighting our total opposition to the government’s racist and nationalist policies — including its refugee and war policies, and its treatment of Australia’s Indigenous people. The Australian flag is not a unifying flag. It does not represent the majority of working people’s aspirations for decent working conditions and wages as, for instance, the Eureka flag does, and nor does it acknowledge the original inhabitants as the Aboriginal flag does.
“It is a flag for the ruling elite — it is a symbol of racist nationalism. It symbolises Australia’s slavish willingness to follow the US into imperial wars and to play deputy cop in the Asia-Pacific region. That’s why people should be proud to burn it”, Pike concluded.
Rather than belittle or degrade the mental giants that created this ridiculous attempt at political irony (communist sympathisers arguing FOR their free speech rights), I thought it would be worthwhile to reflect on Australians that have been busy in other regions of the world.
AUSTRALIAN ARMY SERGEANT "Y" TO BE AWARDED THE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY
For Gallantry, as a Patrol Commander, while under intense Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) fire and showing total disregard for his own safety he manoeuvred forward to recover a machine gun in order to protect the left flank and to neutralise enemy fire positions.
During the conduct of an Operation in southern Afghanistan, an Australian force was engaged by a numerically superior ACM element. In the lead up to the engagement Sergeant "Y" was tasked, by the on-scene commander, to conduct a foot patrol to clear and secure a potentially dangerous obstacle in order to facilitate the safe passage of the Australian patrol. Whilst conducting this task Sergeant "Y" commenced to clear and secure the south-western sector of a village and obstacle choke point.
An engagement on the south-eastern sector of the village and subsequent contact resulted in the south-western clearing patrol being separated from the remainder of call-sign. Sergeant "Y" placed himself in an extremely hazardous situation whilst under heavy fire to gain situational awareness and command of his patrol in order to linkup with the main-force element. On linking up with the main-force element Sergeant "Y", whilst under fire, retrieved a machine gun from a tactical vehicle in order to move to a position to put effective fire onto ACM positions. This action turned the balance on the left flank, enabling the entire Australian element to regain the initiative. Sergeant "Y", with assistance from another patrol member, occupied a fire position under extreme ACM fire with the intent to suppress the ACM. This action enabled the Australian element to regain the initiative and was pivotal in preventing loss of life on the south eastern sector of the contact site. It also enabled further elements to move into positions to prevent an ACM advance and to facilitate the withdrawal of the Australian patrol from the engagement area.
Sergeant "Y’s" actions of gallantry and disregard for his own safety in order to reinforce the main force element and his ability to recover a machine gun in order to suppress the ACM, while under fire in extremely hazardous circumstances, displayed courage of the highest order and is keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.
AUSTRALIAN ARMY WARRANT OFFICER CLASS TWO ‘Z’ TO BE AWARDED THE MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY
For Gallantry, as a Patrol Commander, while under intense Anti-Coalition Militia (ACM) fire and showing total disregard for his own safety he attempted on three occasions to recover a critically wounded Afghanistan National Army soldier.
During the conduct of an Operation in southern Afghanistan an Australian patrol was engaged by a numerically superior ACM element. In the lead up to this engagement WO2 "Z" was tasked, by the on-scene commander, to conduct a foot patrol to clear and secure a potentially dangerous obstacle in order to facilitate the safe passage of the Australian patrol. Whilst conducting this task WO2 "Z" commenced to secure the south-eastern sector of the obstacle choke point. In doing so, WO2 "Z" and an Afghanistan National Army soldier, were engaged by ACM at close range. This engagement resulted in the critical wounding of the ANA soldier. The decisive reaction of WO2 "Z" contributed to the early initiation of the ACM ambush which in turn prevented the remainder of the Australian element from entering the ambush killing ground.
The Australian patrol then became engaged in a sustained fire fight with the ACM for several hours. During this time WO2 "Z" made three attempts to recover the critically wounded ANA soldier whilst still under extremely heavy fire from numerous enemy positions. Unfortunately, the critically wounded ANA soldier died of his wounds before he could be recovered. WO2 "Z’s" actions of gallantry and disregard for his own safety in attempting to rescue his fallen comrade in extremely hazardous circumstances displayed courage of the highest order and is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.
The socialist scum of Resistance and Green Left Weekly aren't fit to lick the road clean from beneath these soldiers feet. Fucking treasonous scum. Count the days fuckers, because your turn is coming. First against the wall.