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Mr Wunungmurra (1945 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the NT only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 4 September 2015

State Funeral Service

Mr Wunungmurra (1945 – 2015)

A State Memorial Service for Mr Wunungmurra will be held at 10am on Friday 4 September 2015 at Rika Park, Yirrkala Community (via Nhulunbuy), Northern Territory.

As signatory to the 1963 Yirrkala Bark Petitions, Mr Wunungmurra was a champion of Aboriginal rights who worked tirelessly for indigenous Territorians, their land and their culture throughout his lifetime. Mr Wunungmurra served his people with distinction from his time as a teacher at Yirrkala through to his leadership of the Northern Land Council as Chairman from 2007 to 2013.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 4 September 2015 in the Northern Territory only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

31 August 2015

Australian National Flag Day

To All Flag Marshals:  Action Australia-wide

Day of National Celebration

Australian National Flag Day

3 September 2015

Thursday 3 September 2015 is Australian National Flag Day.

Australian National Flag Day celebrates the first time the flag was flown over the dome of the Exhibition Building in Melbourne in 1901, when Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton, announced the winners of a competition to design a national flag for Australia.

3 September is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the anniversary of the Australian National Flag by flying or displaying the Australian National Flag.

In accordance with flag protocol, Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on 3 September 2015 to join in the celebration of the Australian National Flag. If facilities permit, you may wish to consider displaying multiple Australian National Flags on this day. Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

3 September also marks Merchant Navy Day. It is an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of thousands of Australia’s merchant mariners during wartime. Organisations and individuals commemorating Merchant Navy Day may fly the Australian Red Ensign. When the Australian Red Ensign is flown along with the Australian National Flag, the Australian National Flag should be flown in the position of honour.

Additional information on how to celebrate Australian National Flag Day and the protocols for flying the flag can be found on the website www.itsanhonour.gov.au

Commonwealth Flag Officer

28 August 2015

The Honourable Frank Wilkes AM (1922 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in Vic only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Monday 31 August 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Frank Wilkes AM (1922 – 2015)

A State Funeral for the Honourable Frank Wilkes AM will be held at 11.00am on Monday 31 August 2015 at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 1 Rossmoyne Street, Thornbury, Victoria.

Mr Wilkes was elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Northcote in 1957, and dedicated over 30 years to politics and his community. He served as Opposition Leader from 1977 - 1981, Minister for Local Government 1982 - 1985, Minister for Housing 1985 - 1987, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Water Resources 1987 - 1988. Over his 30 year career in the Victorian Parliament, Mr Wilkes also made an extensive contribution through his numerous committee appointments. Mr Wilkes was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 for service to government and politics and to the Parliament of Victoria and was a recipient of the Centenary Medal in 2001.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Monday 31 August 2015 in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

28 August 2015

National Memorial Service for the first anniversary of the downing of Flight MH17

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and at Australian Overseas Posts

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

National Memorial Service

for the first anniversary of the downing of Flight MH17

Friday 17 July 2015

A National Memorial Service in Canberra will take place on Friday 17 July 2015, the first anniversary of the downing of Flight MH17.  The Service will honour those who lost their lives and thank those who were involved in the recovery and investigation process.

As a mark of respect and mourning to those who lost their lives, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 17 July 2015 from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours.  However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

13 July 2015

NAIDOC Week - 5 to 12 July 2015

To:  All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide and action at Australian overseas posts

NAIDOC Week - 5 to 12 July 2015

National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year during the first full week in July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.  This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 5 to 12 July inclusive, is ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.’  Further information is at http://www.naidoc.org.au.

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Sunday 5 July to Sunday 12 July 2015 the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag should be flown on additional flagpoles, where available, next to or near the Australian National Flag on Australian Government buildings and establishments.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.

If there is only one flagpole available at a flag station the Australian Aboriginal Flag or the Torres Strait Islander Flag should not replace the Australian National Flag.  If two flagpoles are available, it is at the discretion of the authority concerned to determine which of the two flags is flown with the Australian National Flag.  The Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag have equal status and may be flown in any order after the Australian National Flag.

Should it be the practice to fly other flags at the flag station, please refer to the Order of Precedence for flying the Australian National Flag along with other flags, which can be found in the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf).

The financial and staffing implications arising from weekend flag marshal duties are the responsibility of each organisation.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

30 June 2015

The Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC (1938 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 5 June 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral for the Honourable Joan Elizabeth Kirner AC will be held at 10am on Friday, 5 June 2015 at the Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, Victoria.

Mrs Kirner was the 42nd Premier of Victoria, serving from 1990-92. Elected to the Victorian Parliament as the Member for Melbourne West 1982-88 and Member for Williamstown 1988-94, She was Deputy Premier of Victoria 1989-90, Minister for Women's Affairs 1990-92, Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands 1985-88, Minister for Education 1988-90, Minister for Ethnic Affairs 1990-91. Mrs Kirner was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012 for eminent service to the Parliament of Victoria and to the community through conservation initiatives, contributions to gender equality, the development of education and training programs and the pursuit of civil rights and social inclusion.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 5 June 2015 in Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other states and territories, and organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

4 June 2015

The Queen’s Birthday

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide (Western Australia exempt) and action at Australian overseas posts

The Queen’s Birthday

8 June 2015

In accordance with flag protocol, on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday, the flying of the Australian National Flag is encouraged.

Flag marshals in all Australian Government departments, authorities and related portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on Monday, 8 June 2015, to celebrate The Queen’s Birthday.  Other organisations are encouraged to follow this protocol.  Western Australia celebrates the birthday on a number of different dates and is exempt.

The financial and staffing implications arising from flag marshal duties for The Queen’s Birthday holiday are the responsibility of each organisation.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

2 June 2015

The Honourable Leslie Royston Johnson AM (1924 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the ACT and NSW only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 3 June 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Leslie Royston Johnson AM (1924 – 2015)

A State Funeral for the Honourable Leslie Johnson AM will be held at 11.00 am on Wednesday 3 June 2015 at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sutherland, New South Wales.

Mr Johnson held four ministerial posts between 1972 and 1975 and was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees in 1983. He was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in 1975, Minister for Housing and Construction from 1973 – 1975, Minister for Works in 1973 and Minister for Housing from 1972 – 1973. Mr Johnson represented the Federal Seat of Hughes in the House of Representatives from 1955 – 1966 and again from 1969 - 1983. Mr Johnson was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990 for service to the Australian Parliament, for public service and for service to the Aboriginal community.

As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Wednesday 3 June 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during daylight hours. However, should it be the custom to fly the flags of other nations at your flag station, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag.

Further information on the protocols for half-masting the Australian National Flag is at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

1 June 2015

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