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SIEGE IN SYDNEY

URGENT

To: All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide plus overseas posts

SIEGE IN SYDNEY

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Australians awoke to the news this morning that the siege in Martin Place has ended.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two deceased hostages, the wounded and the other hostages.

As a mark of respect and mourning for the innocent victims involved in the incident at Martin Place, Sydney, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Tuesday 16 December 2014. 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.

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

16 December 2014

The Honourable Lynne Janice Kosky (1958 – 2014)

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 12 December 2014

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Lynne Janice Kosky (1958 – 2014)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Lynne Janice Kosky will be held at the Williamstown Town Hall, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown Victoria at 11.00am on Friday 12 December 2014.

Ms Kosky was the Member for Altona from March 1996 until January 2010, Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs 1996-99, Shadow Minister for Education and Training February-October 1999, Minister for Post-Compulsory Education Training and Employment 1999-2002, Minister for Finance 2000-02, Minister for Education and Training February 2002-December 2006, Minister for Public Transport and Minister for the Arts December 2006-January 2010, Federal-State Relations Committee 1996-99, Footscray City Councillor 1986-90, Mayor 1988-89.

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 12 December 2014 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

9 December 2014

Mr Wayne Keith Goss (1951 – 2014)

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in QLD only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 21 November 2014

Public Memorial Service

Mr Wayne Keith Goss (1951 – 2014)

A Public Memorial Service for Mr Wayne Goss will be held at the Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane, Queensland at 2:00pm on Friday 21 November 2014.

Mr Goss was the Premier of Queensland from 1989-1996. He was the Minister for Economic and Trade Development from 1989-1996 and Minister for the Arts from 1992-1996.  He was the Leader of the Opposition from 1988-1989. Mr Goss represented the people of Salisbury from 1983-1986 and Logan from 1986-1998.

Mr Goss was the Chairman of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1999-2008 and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. The Public Memorial Service is being organised by the family of Mr Goss as a celebration of his life and contributions to Queensland and Australia.

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 21 November 2014 in Queensland 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

19 November 2014

Remembrance Day

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

REMEMBRANCE DAY

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Remembrance Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, commemorating the loss of Australian lives in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.

On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2014, Australian Government departments and agencies are asked to observe the protocol to fly the Australian National Flag at half-mast to remember the sacrifice of all those who have died for Australia.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

The Australian National Flag should be flown at the peak from approximately 8:00 am until precisely 10:30 am (local time) when it should be adjusted to the half-mast position.  At 11:02 am the Australian National Flag should be moved back to the peak for the remainder of the day.  This protocol allows for the traditional ceremonial duties to be carried out, including a minute of silence from 11:00 am.

In accordance with flag protocol, all flags and ensigns at each flag station should be flown at half-mast during this time.  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.

Information on Remembrance Day ceremonies can be found at http://www.dva.gov.au/commems_oawg/commemorations/commemorative_events/organise_events/Pages/index.aspx.   

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

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

5 November 2014

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (1916 – 2014)

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

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 5 November 2014

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC (1916 – 2014)

A State Memorial Service for the Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at the Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales at 11am on Wednesday 5 November 2014.

Mr Whitlam was the Prime Minister of Australia from 1972-1975. He was the Foreign Minister from 1972-1973. He was the Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party from 1967-1977 and the Deputy Leader from 1960-1967. Mr Whitlam was the Federal Member for Werriwa from 1952-1978. 

Mr Whitlam completed a law degree at University of Sydney, was admitted to the New South Wales Bar in 1947 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1962. In 1978, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to politics and government and to the Commonwealth Parliament. He was also awarded 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 Wednesday 5 November 2014 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

29 October 2014

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC

URGENT

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

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Tuesday 21 October 2014

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC

Australia today mourns the passing of its 21st Prime Minister (1972-75), the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC.  He provided a lifetime of service to Australia in the Royal Australian Air Force, as a parliamentarian, as Prime Minister and as an ambassador.

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 Tuesday 21 October 2014 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. A later message will be issued when details of Mr Whitlam’s memorial service are confirmed.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

21 October 2014

United Nations Day 2014

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide

United Nations Day

24 October 2014

United Nations Day is observed in Australia on 24 October each year to commemorate the coming into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945.

As part of an agreement made by the Australian Government as a member of the United Nations, the United Nations Flag is flown in the position of honour all day on United Nations Day, displacing the Australian National Flag on that day.

If a United Nations Flag is available, it should be flown all day on Friday 24 October 2014 from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  If there is only one flagpole available, the United Nations Flag should be flown even if that flagpole is ordinarily reserved for flying the Australian National Flag.  If two flagpoles are available, the United Nations Flag should be flown in the pre-eminent position for the day with the Australian National Flag on the second flagpole.

If a United Nations Flag is not available, normal arrangements for flying the Australian National Flag apply.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

17 October 2014

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