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.Read more
Whereas the national flag represents all 24 million Australians and the state flag represents all West Australians (more than 2.5 million of us), the Aboriginal flag represents exclusively and, based only on race, the tiny (estimated three per cent of our population) minority claiming Australian Aboriginal heritage.
In these days when we profess to be working towards reconciliation, inclusion and non-discrimination, I sincerely question whether it is appropriate for a factional symbol to be flown anywhere and sincerely hope the shire council actively canvasses the feelings of all shire residents before contemplating flying it here, however fashionable the practice may be elsewhere.