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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

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in ACT and TAS (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Monday 21 July 2014

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Peter Underwood AC

A State Funeral Service for His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AC will be held at 1.00 pm on Monday 21 July 2014 at the Federation Concert Hall, Hotel Grand Chancellor, 1 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

His Excellency served as Tasmania’s 27th Governor since 2008 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2004, an office he held until he assumed the Office of Governor.  In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the judiciary, to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform, legal education and mentoring of young practitioners, and to the community as a leader in cultural and artistic organisations in Tasmania.  He was later appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2009 for service to the judiciary, to legal scholarship and administration, to law reform in the areas of civil and criminal procedure, and to the community of Tasmania.

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 21 July 2014 in the Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania 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

17 July 2014

NAIDOC Week 2014

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

NAIDOC Week - 6 to 13 July 2014

National Aboriginal and Islanders’ Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week is held every year as a way of promoting a greater understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture and celebrating the survival of Indigenous culture.  This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week, which will be celebrated from 6 to 13 July inclusive, is ‘Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond.’  Further information is at http://www.naidoc.org.au.

Flying the Indigenous Flags throughout NAIDOC Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Sunday 6 July to Sunday 13 July 2014 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 2014

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE

To All Flag Marshals:  For Action in QLD only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 11 June 2014

State Funeral Service

Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE

A State Funeral Service for Sir Jack Brabham AO OBE will be held at 1.30pm on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at the Southport Church of Christ, corner Olsen Ave & Griffith Way, Southport, Queensland.

Sir Jack was an accomplished motor sportsman and former triple Formula 1 World Champion.  In June 1966, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire and a Knight Bachelor in December 1978, both in recognition of his service to motor sport.  Sir Jack was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2008 for service to motor sport as an ambassador, mentor and promoter of safety, and to the community through support of charitable organisations.

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 11 June 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

5 June 2014

The Queen’s Birthday 2014

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

The Queen’s Birthday

9 June 2014

In accordance with flag protocol, on the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday, the flying of the Australian National Flag is particularly 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, 9 June 2014, 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 2014

Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2014

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

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2014

and

National Reconciliation Week, 27 May 2014 to 3 June 2014

National Sorry Day acknowledges and raises awareness of the history and continued effect of the forced removal of Indigenous Australians.  Further information is at http://www.nsdc.org.au.

National Reconciliation Week is focusing on how Australians can better recognise each other, and recognise the contributions, cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Further information is at http://www.reconciliation.org.au.

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Monday 26 May to Tuesday 3 June 2014 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

20 May 2014

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