Flagging conflict

TO TOODYAY Shire Chief Executive Officer Stan Scott and members of the Toodyay Shire Council.

It’s ironic that people go to settle in a new place because of its unique attributes then do their best to alter it to conform to the ‘norm’ they have left.

April’s Herald contained an impassioned plea from a new resident Nicole Coleman to fly the Aboriginal flag at the shire office “as a priority” because it is, she says, ‘common practice’ for regional shires to fly it “alongside the national Australian and local/state flags”.

On a personal level I am conflicted about the Aboriginal flag, it being at inception a modern (1970s) eastern states construct and associated throughout its short history with conflict and divisiveness.

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Marion Pathey-Johns
Coondle