The flag of Australia has been a source of debate for decades. Proponents to a change call for the removal of Union Jack and a new design sans the Southern Cross.
News site The Age suggests a new flag with a dashing kangaroo, rationalizing that “the world equates the kangaroo with Australia.” The Age suggests that the red kangaroo, which according to the site is “readily recognizable around the world today,” would have to replace the flag’s Union Jack.
Although neither Southern Cross nor the Federation earns an international recognition exclusively imputed to Australia, both have to be retained in the new Australia flag design, according to the paper.
“More modern, and in line with out national sporting colours, would be the same design in green and gold. This would provide us with a simple but vibrantly new and all-embracing flag,” said the paper.
“The outcome will be a flag that leaves no one in doubt that it is truly Australian,” the paper continued.
The bounding kangaroo was introduced in 1910 copper penny’s reverse side. The marsupial and mammal stayed until 1960s. The current Australian flag has been adopted in 1901 and after a slight change in its design in 1902 by King Edward VII, the flag has been officially recognized by the Flags Act 1953.
The Australian paper says that while competition calling for entries for the new Aussie Flag is still quite far, it believes “that kangaroo is off to a flying start.”