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The Honourable Thomas “Tom” Lewis AO (1922 – 2016)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in New South Wales only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 26 May 2016

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Thomas “Tom” Lewis AO (1922 – 2016)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Thomas “Tom” Lewis AO will be held at 10.30 am on Thursday 26 May 2016 in St Stephen’s Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW.

Mr Lewis served as Premier of New South Wales between 1975 and 1976. He represented Wollondilly in the NSW Parliament for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1978. During his public life, Mr Lewis made important contributions to conservation and the environment, most particularly as the founder of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of NSW. Mr Lewis had a particular affinity for the environment and landscape of the Western Division of NSW. In 2000, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to the Parliament of NSW, to the environment, and to the 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 Thursday 26 May 2016 in 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

24 May 2016

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2016

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

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2016

and

National Reconciliation Week, 27 May 2016 to 3 June 2016

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from their families, communities and culture. Further information is at http://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-sorry-day.

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Further information is at http://www.reconciliation.org.au/nrw/what-is-nrw.

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for Indigenous and other Australians, and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and culture. From Thursday 26 May to Friday 3 June 2016 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

19 May 2016

Anzac Day 2016

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and Australian Overseas Posts

Day of National Commemoration

Anzac Day, Monday 25 April 2016

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly to the returned veterans of Australia. The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is an important period of national commemoration. For further information on the Anzac Centenary please see http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Monday 25 April 2016 from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day. This advice applies to 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. 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.

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

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

Should you wish to hold an Anzac Day ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

19 April 2016

Commonwealth Day 2016

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

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 14 March 2016

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries on the second Monday in March.  This year it falls on Monday 14 March 2016.  The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2016 is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, which celebrates the diversity of the Commonwealth, which is made up of more than two billion people. Every one of them is different, and each of them has something unique to offer. Further information about this year’s theme is available at http://thecommonwealth.org/inclusivecommonwealth.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown all day on Monday 14 March 2016 on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

State, territory and local government agencies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties in some states and territories are the responsibility of each organisation.

Information on flag protocol can be found at http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/flag.cfm.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

7 March 2016

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