Our Logo & Banner Represent our Heritage
The Red ensign on the helmet crown reminds us of the history of our national flag, and features the Union Jack to show our continuing loyalty to the British Crown that provides the lawful rights and freedoms under the Crown, as established by centuries of struggle against tyranny. These rights and freedoms are guaranteed by the Commonwealth of Australia Act 1901 and Common Law.
The struggle to regain our rights and freedoms is what drives us today to restore our rightful Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901 as proclaimed and gazetted, and the rule of Common law.
Our Website banner includes the Red Ensign. This was the most commonly used flag at Federation in 1901.
The people facing the Commonwealth of Australia Parliament house have their backs to the new political party parliament building.
The gavel indicates that we are working to restore our Common Law under the Commonwealth of Australia Act 1901.
Our Flag History — Why the Red Ensign?
From 1901 to 1924 the red ensign was used as the national flag by state and local governments. In the decades following Federation the red ensign was also the preeminent flag in use by private citizens on land. This was largely due to the Commonwealth government and flag suppliers restricting sales of the blue ensign to the general public.
By traditional British understanding, the blue ensign was reserved for official government use although the red ensign was nevertheless still in military circulation until after the 1953 legislation, meaning the 1st and 2nd Australian Imperial Forces served under both the blue and red versions. State and local governments, private organisations and individuals were expected to use the red ensign.
In the 1920s there was debate over whether the blue ensign was reserved for Commonwealth buildings only, culminating in a 1924 agreement that the Union Flag should take precedence as the National Flag and that States would henceforth fly the blue ensign on government buildings.
In 1940 the Victorian government passed legislation allowing schools to purchase blue ensigns. The following year prime minister Robert Menzies issued a media release recommending that the blue ensign be flown at schools, government buildings and by private citizens and continued use of the red ensign by merchant ships, providing it was done so respectfully.
Prime Minister Ben Chifley issued a similar statement in 1947.
After being submitted to King Edward VII for approval the competition winning design which featured a southern cross with nine, eight, seven, six and five points respectively was standardised by the British Admiralty with the number of points on the four biggest stars of the southern cross set to seven, ostensibly to improve ease of manufacture. The original variety of points was an indication of the relative brightness of each star as it appeared in the night sky. The stars have nothing to do with Zionism or Judaism, as some Australians erroneously try to claim.
In 1908, the current Commonwealth star of seven points replaced the earlier six-pointed star.
Flags Act 1953
Despite executive branch proclamations as to the respective roles of the two red, white and blue ensigns there remained confusion until the Flags Act 1953 declared the blue ensign to be the Australia national flag and the Australian red ensign to be the flag of the mercantile marine. It has been claimed that this choice was made on the basis that the predominately red version carried too many communist overtones for the government of the day to be legislated for as the chief national symbol although, no cabinet documents yet released to the public, including the more detailed minutes, have ever been adduced in support of this theory.
A Forgotten Piece of History about our Flag
In a dusty vault deep in the heart of the Newcastle Cathedral, an unsuspecting cardboard box sat forgotten for years.
But that box contained one of our most significant artefacts from World War I — Australia’s first national flag.
Known as the Birdwood Flag, it was flown at the headquarters of General William Birdwood at the Western Front.
General Birdwood was in command of the Australian troops, who at the time were fighting for the “Empire”.
“Our nation was only about 13-14 years old at the start of the first world war and the Union Jack, what we see as an English flag, was the main flag that our troops fought under,” Patricia Gillard of the Birdwood Heritage Committee said.
But from 1917 on, our troops in Europe fought under a red Australian ensign and they were proud of it.