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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

Citizenship Day

To All Flag Marshals:  action Australia-wide

Day of National Celebration

Citizenship Day

17 September 2014

Citizenship Day was introduced in 2001. It is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate and value Australian citizenship, the peaceful, prosperous and inclusive society we share and to reflect on the role we play in building our nation and shaping our country's future as proud Australian citizens.

In accordance with flag protocol, Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies are requested to fly or display the Australian National Flag on Wednesday 17 September 2014 to celebrate Citizenship Day. State, Territory and local government bodies as well as non-government organisations are also welcome to follow this protocol.

The protocols for flying the Australian National Flag can be found in part 2 of the ‘Australian Flags’ booklet (http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/symbols/docs/australian_flags_excerpt.pdf).

Commonwealth Flag Officer

15 September 2014

Australian National Flag Day

To All Flag Marshals:  Action Australia-wide

Day of National Celebration

Australian National Flag Day

3 September 2014

Wednesday 3 September 2014 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 2014 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

27 August 2014

National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service for the victims of flight MH17

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

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

National Day of Mourning
and
National Memorial Service
for the victims of flight MH17

Thursday 7 August 2014

The Australian Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the innocent victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

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 Thursday 7 August 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 National Memorial Service is to take place at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30 am on Thursday 7 August 2014.  For information about the service please email MemorialService@pmc.gov.au.

Thank you for your assistance.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

1 August 2014

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH-17

URGENT

 

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

 

MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH-17

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Saturday 19 July 2014

As a mark of respect and mourning for the many victims, including Australians, of the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Saturday 19 July 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.

The financial and staffing implications arising from weekend 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.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

18 July 2014

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