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Mrs Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in NSW only (optional elsewhere)

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Tuesday 24 February 2015

State Funeral Service

Mrs Faith Bandler AC (1918 – 2015)

A State Funeral for Mrs Faith Bandler AC will take place at 11.00 am on Tuesday 24 February, in the Great Hall, University Place, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales.

In 1997, Mrs Bandler was awarded the Human Rights Medal and in 2003 she received a Centenary Medal. Mrs Bandler was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1984 in recognition of service to Aboriginal welfare. In 2009, Mrs Bandler was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of the cultural heritage of South Seas Islanders, and to women's issues.

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 24 February 2015 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

20 February 2015

The Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO (1935 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Monday 23 February 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO (1935 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Evan Herbert Walker AO will be held at 10.00am on Monday 23 February 2015 at Auburn Uniting Church, 81 Oxley Road, Hawthorn, Victoria.

Mr Walker was State Member for Melbourne from 1979-92, Minister for Conservation and Minister for Planning 1982-83, Minister of Public Works 1983-85, Minister for Planning and Environment 1983-86, Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs 1985-88, Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources 1988-89, Minister for Major Projects, Minister for the Arts and Minister responsible for Post-Secondary Education 1989-90, Deputy Opposition Leader Legislative Council 1979-82, Deputy Leader of Government Legislative Council 1982-83, Leader of Government Legislative Council 1983-90 and a distinguished member of many professional, community and advisory bodies.

In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to architecture, town planning and the Victorian Parliament. He was also awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to planning and urban design in Victoria.

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 23 February 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

19 February 2015

Bombing Of Darwin 1942

To All Flag Marshals: For action in the NT only

BOMBING OF DARWIN 1942

Thursday 19 February 2015

The Northern Territory Government has requested half-masting of flags for ‘Bombing of Darwin Day’.

On 19 February 1942, mainland Australia came under attack for the first time when Japanese forces mounted two air raids on Darwin.  The two attacks involved 54 land-based bombers and approximately 188 attack aircraft which were launched from four Japanese aircraft-carriers in the Timor Sea.  The raids killed at least 243 people and between 300 and 400 were wounded.  Twenty military aircraft were destroyed, eight ships at anchor in the harbour were sunk and most civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

To mark the 73rd Commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Thursday 19 February 2015 from dawn until noon in the Northern Territory, 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 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.

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 February 2015

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

To All Flag Marshals: Action Australia-wide

Anniversary of the Apology to Members of the Stolen Generations

Friday 13 February 2015

On 13 February 2008 the Australian Parliament made a formal apology to members of the Stolen Generations.  To recognise the anniversary of the occasion and in national recognition of Indigenous Australians, 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 all day on Friday 13 February 2015.

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.  But 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).

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

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

9 February 2015

The Honourable Tom Uren AC (1921 – 2015)

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

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Wednesday 4 February 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Tom Uren AC (1921 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Tom Uren AC will take place at 11.00 am on Wednesday 4 February 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall, 483 George Street, Sydney, NSW.

Mr Uren was the Federal Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services from 1984-1987, Minister for Territories and Local Government from 1983-1984, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Community Development and Regional Affairs from 1983-1984 and Minister for Urban and Regional Development from 1972-1975.

In 1993, Mr Uren was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the Australian Parliament, urban and regional development, the environment and the community. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013 for eminent service to the community, particularly through contributions to the welfare of veterans, improved medical education in Vietnam and the preservation of sites of heritage and environmental significance.

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 4 February 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales 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

2 February 2015

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and relevant overseas posts

Australian National Flag to fly at half-mast

Saturday 24 January 2015

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Head of State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, died on 23 January 2015.

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 Saturday 24 January 2015 Australia wide 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.

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

23 January 2015

Australia Day 2015

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

AUSTRALIA DAY – MONDAY 26 JANUARY 2015

Day of National Celebration

Australia Day is a time to celebrate the nation and people we have become.  We celebrate the history that has made us who we are; the country that we love and the values and institutions that underpin it.

To contribute to the national celebration and as a demonstration of national pride, and in accordance with flag protocol, all Australian Government departments and associated portfolio agencies should fly or display the Australian National Flag all day on Monday 26 January 2015.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties 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

20 January 2015

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

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