'standard', n, a flag or military symbolic figure on a pole, marking a rallying point ..: a basis of measurement..: a criterion: a measurement .. among others.
From Old French - estandart- 'to stand'.
Have written about this previously (click title) but will revisit it again. [there is also an interesting discussion in the comments on that post. Try to read first, before commenting :)]
There has, apparently, been a bittuva Hoohaa recently about bogans with flags. Ninglun has a summary and further links. There is, of course, much debate about "Aussie Values" (whatever they are) recently, but is complicated - so won't write much at the moment.
Have to agree with some of the commenters by pointing out that the Australian national flag (which, by the way, was only "officially" proclaimed in 1953) should be treated with due respect, and should only be flown from a flagpole, never be allowed to drag on the ground, nor be draped as "crusader" cloaks from the sweaty shoulders of beer-soaked bogans.
Some flags to look at, this Australia Day.
I rather like this one, though the white slash is a bit messy. Perhaps following and continuing the shape of the "boomerang" with green .. then the red and white .. with the blue sky and Southern cross. Other designs and information on Flags and flag design can be found at Ausflag.
This one is a recent design representing the Aboriginal community. (The concept of Nation is complicated.) I like it. Striking and memorable.
Representing our - one and only - serious "rebellion" against "Imperious" British rule.
Another design for consideration.
And this is the one (in concept, at least) that currently hovers over Parliament House in Canberra.
It is, perhaps, unfortunate that the current Australian administration can only see the primary colours of red, white and blue. There are others that comprise the full spectrum of a Nation.
The question of, and discussion about, "standards" is long and complicated. Wish that I had more time to write about it.