Flying the flag

WITH Australia Day just around the corner, it is important to remember there is a protocol when flying the Australian flag to ensure that the national emblem is not shown in an undignified manner.

According to the Australian National Flag Association's website 'the Australian National Flag should be displayed only in a manner befitting the national emblem. It should not be subjected to indignity or displayed in a position inferior to any other flag or ensign'.

The Australian Flag normally takes precedence over all other national flags when flown in Australia.

The flag should always been held aloft and free, and definitely should not touch or lie on the ground.

The flag also should not be used as a statue or plaque cover for an unveiling ceremony, nor as a seat or table cover.

When the Australian National Flag is raised or lowered, or when it is carried past in a parade or review, all present should face the flag, men should remove their hats and all should remain silent. Those in uniform should salute.

The flag may be displayed at night, but only when properly illuminated.



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