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Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2015

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

National Sorry Day, 26 May 2015

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National Reconciliation Week, 27 May 2015 to 3 June 2015

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://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/national-sorry-day.

National Reconciliation Week focuses 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/nrw/what-is-nrw.

Flying the Indigenous Flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week confirms our national respect for Indigenous Australians.  From Tuesday 26 May to Wednesday 3 June 2015 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 2015

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015) - UPDATE

To All Flag Marshals:  Revised Notice for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM, for action in the ACT, NSW and VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 15 May 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM will be held at 2.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2015 at St John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria.

Further to our advice of 12 May 2015, it has been decided that New South Wales should take action for this half-masting due to Mr MacKellar’s association with New South Wales. He was the Federal Member for Warringah for 25 years.

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 15 May 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies.  Other organisations are welcome to participate.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

14 May 2015

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in the ACT and VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 15 May 2015

State Funeral Service

The Honourable Michael MacKellar AM (1938 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Honourable Michael MacKellar AM will be held at 2.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2015 at St John’s Anglican Church, 86 Clendon Road, Toorak, Victoria.

Mr MacKellar held five ministerial posts between 1975 and 1982. He was the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 1975 – 1979, the Minister for Health from 1979 – 1982 and the Minister for Home Affairs and Environment in 1981.Mr MacKellar was also the Minister Assisting the Treasurer from 1978 – 1979 and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister from 1979 – 1980. Mr MacKellar represented the Federal Seat of Warringah in the House of Representatives from 1969 – 1994. In 2011, Mr MacKellar was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia, and to the community through contributions to a range of research and health 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 Friday 15 May 2015 in the Australian Capital Territory and 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

12 May 2015

Anzac Day 2015

To: All Flag Marshals – Action Australia Wide and Australian Overseas Posts

Day of National Commemoration

Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April 2015

Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly to the returned veterans of Australia. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. For further information on the Anzac Centenary please see http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Saturday 25 April 2015 from dawn until noon in your locality, 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. 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 public holiday 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.

Should you wish to hold an Anzac Day ceremony, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides an outline which includes information on flag protocol as part of the ceremony http://www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au/events/conduct.

Your assistance is appreciated.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 April 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

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

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 27 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for the Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH, former Prime Minister of Australia, will be held at 11.30am on Friday 27 March 2015 at Scots’ Church on the corner of Collins and Russell Streets in Melbourne, Victoria.

Mr Fraser was Prime Minister of Australia from 1975-1983. He also held a number of ministerial portfolios throughout his 28 years as the Member for Wannon and Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1955-1983.

Mr Fraser was appointed to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1977 for his service as Prime Minister of Australia. In 1988, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the government, politics and to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of 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 27 March 2015 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

24 March 2015

Dr Alf Bamblett (1944 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in VIC only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 26 March 2015

State Funeral Service

Dr Alf Bamblett (1944 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for Dr Alf Bamblett will be held at 11.00am on Thursday 26 March 2015 at the Dungula Function Centre, Edward Street, Moama.

Dr Bamblett was instrumental in the establishment of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service. He was a valued member of the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd. Dr Bamblett was the Victorian Commissioner of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, serving from 1991 to 1995. He was named Victorian Aboriginal of the Year by NAIDOC in 1994 and was one of the first 20 people inducted into the Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll in 2011. He was President of the Aborigines Advancement League, Chair of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Advisory Committee and President of the Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club.

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 Thursday 26 March 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

24 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

URGENT

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

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Friday 20 March 2015

The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH (1930 – 2015)

Australia today mourns the passing of its 22nd Prime Minister (1975-83), The Right Honourable John Malcolm Fraser AC CH.  He provided a lifetime of service to Australia as a parliamentarian,  Prime Minister and humanitarian.

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 20 March 2015 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 Fraser’s memorial service are confirmed.

Commonwealth Flag Officer

20 March 2015

Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth (1953 – 2015)

To All Flag Marshals:  For action in NT only

Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast

Thursday 12 March 2015

State Funeral Service

Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth (1953 – 2015)

A State Funeral Service for Mr Leigh Bruce "Tracker" Tilmouth will be held at 10.00am on Thursday 12 March 2015 at the St Mary's Star of the Sea Cathedral, corner of McLachlan and Smith Streets, Darwin, Northern Territory.

Mr Tilmouth championed the economic and legal rights of Aboriginal people and strived tirelessly for improved access to health and education services. He helped establish the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Service and Health Service and served as the Director of the Central Land Council.

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 Thursday 12 March 2015 in the Northern Territory 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

10 March 2015

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 9 March 2015

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

COMMONWEALTH DAY – Monday 9 March 2015

Commonwealth Day is celebrated every year by 53 Commonwealth countries on the second Monday in March.  This year it falls on Monday 9 March 2015.  The aim of commemorating Commonwealth Day is to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation and the work of the Commonwealth of Nations to improve the lives of its citizens.

The theme for Commonwealth Day 2015 is ‘A Young Commonwealth’, which recognises the capacity, contribution and potential of young people, who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy.

In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown all day on Monday 9 March 2015 on Australian Government buildings and establishments.

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

The financial and staffing implications arising from public holiday flag marshal duties in some states and territories 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

2 March 2015

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