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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

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

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