OK, will try to go through all this yet again. The discussion has been long-running. One of the major problems is - how to incorporate a multi-cultural society into strongly identifying with a "common" symbol. Have written on this previously, and yes, the Australian aborigines have achieved their own "unifying" symbol.
However, doesn't symbolise the rest of us.
I could mention at this point - that one of the problems the early colonial administration HAD was that there WAS NO "unification" among the aboriginals - or rather - they had no "European" style pyramidal structure that the Europeans could identify with. No 'overarching' "Emperors", "Kings", "Lords", "Barons" to "prove" their "armies" were superiour; no 'peasants' suffering aforementioned Lords or emperors tromping across territory. Were forced to deal and negotiate with each, and every, individual local tribe as they came across them.
[am, of course, of European heritage and mythology - there is no "King Arthur" among the aborigines as yet)
While there WAS "communication" across the length and breadth of this island, and the tribes; before Captain Cook - there was no "common" language. Haven't looked it up recently, but seem to remember a number in the region of 300+ 'language' groups in Australia, prior to European occupation. And yes, while am at it - there was no "invasion" as I understand the word - seems to infer some sort of large "armed conflict" - the taking of land by force. Yes, a very fine point of semantics. Reading the history of the trials, troubles, tribulations and conflicts of Arthur Phillip will cast some light on why I write this. He really DID try to be "nice" to the locals, negotiate with them.. (I might also suggest that the aboriginals may well have had a worse problem if the Dutch or French administrations of that period in history had taken any interest in "colonising" this island continent). Perhaps some of the more "English literate" among the tribes will try to comprehend.
However, Europeans have been in this country, this land since 1788 (or therebouts). While yes, I recognise that the attitudes of the early European settlers leave much to be desired; there is now a groundswell of "inclusion". What the aboriginal tribal leaders choose to do about that is, well, up to them.
Which (skipping several paragraphs) brings me to the notion of an Australian "National" flag.
I did, some time ago, have go at designing one. Not an easy task (have lost several computers and 'hard drive' storage) and am not 'cluey' about CAD (computer assisted design) .. So.
Somehow the land, the ground that has been here since before recorded history; on which one stands, defends (drought or floods regardless) - from which we draw sustenance and sustainability; surpassing politics and personal ambition - has to be recognised as the foundation. Since 1901, the 'nation' of Australia (and would ask readers to look up the definition of "nation") has been revolving, evolving around the notion of "identity".
So, imposed on "the land" is the seven point star (Seven point stars are not easy to find in this "standardised" computerised CAD planet). The number 'seven', apart from resonating into European mythology - is also the number of independent States; at federation - and one of the reasons there is a reluctance to grant the "Northern territory" and "ACT" (Australian Capital territory) - statehood. One would then have to incorporate a "nine" point star into the central, survivable point of the flag.
So, given restrictions of colour (3-6)- though i do see that the new South African estandart has six colours - format (Both sides have to match), practicality (flags tend to fray over time - have to be recognisable when frayed by half; and 'upside-down' - international distress signal).
[an aside; Um, given that thought, perhaps the brit bit at the top left may still be valid. The yanks are off saving themselves]
So, flag design is not easy.
(bear with me, i have begun - yet again - to design an Australian National flag ..spent about 8 hours this morning - but seems to have been saved somewhere beyond my expertise in understanding Windows 7 .. grmble grumble .. will FIND IT!!!!, dammit)
Oh, now writing into the blogger 'compose.'
Permit me to try and describe. the seven point star of Australian federation resides at the top left (sinister) corner near the head of the flagpole - the "jack". It sits on an ochre gound. To the dexter (right hand) side are four bars. Black(recognising the custodianshp of the original in habitants), white (us twits), green (it can be, on occasion), gold (asperations). (and yes, have looked at the 'majority' poll on Ausflag who seem to 'identify' with "red, white, blue".
However, would like to 'bend' those four bars into a triangle shape (and yes, a subliminal "boomerang") pointing to the 'predominant' (but sacrificial) half of the flag.
The "southern cross" predominant in a deep blue sky.
(have been in a small boat in the open ocean when all 'electonics' failed. That set of stars led me home).
And yes, am aware that some of my 'pagan' friends may well do a '?'; but crux and acrux has been around, known to big ocean navigators, long before the Roman priesthood concocted a scary myth out of nailing dissenters to trees.