Uproar over Australian flag will be left flying over Parliament House with a ‘huge hole’ for TWO more days
- Parliament House in Canberra flies a huge Australian flag on top
- The flag usually changed every month, but left an extra week
- Now very frayed around the edge and looking like a mess.
- Lidia Thorpe used it to attack Australia’s colonial history
The Australian flag will fly over Parliament House with a large hole in it for up to two more days before it is replaced.
Coalition MPs complained about damage to the giant Australian flag this week and casual observation reveals that the fabric is badly frayed around the edge.
President Milton Dick explained Wednesday that the flag was usually changed every month, but bad weather prevented it from being done safely.
The flag was left up for another week and suffered from inclement weather, and when it finally loosened enough to be changed, the team fell apart.
The giant Australian flag that flies over Parliament House is in tatters after weather prevented it from being changed
Dick updated parliament on the situation on Thursday, revealing that the issue would take up to two days to resolve.
‘I understand and acknowledge the importance of the Australian national flag. I am pleased to report that the process to replace the flag has been expedited,” she said.
‘Weather permitting, protocols to replace the flag will be put in place within the next two days.
“In addition, alternative options and contingencies for this will recur in the future.”
Controversial Senator Lidia Thorpe used the tattered state of the Parliament House flag on Wednesday to criticize Australia’s history.
Senator Thorpe, a frequent critic of Australia’s system of governance, which she sees as a colonial hangover hostile to indigenous peoples, referred to The Queens as ‘her majesty’s colonization’ when she was sworn in last year.
‘Isn’t it fitting that the colonial flag has a huge hole in it?’ she wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Shadow Immigration Minister Dan Tehan complained on Wednesday about the state of the flag and demanded Prime Minister Anthony Albanese fix it.
“Parliament will sit today under a flag that will fly over Parliament House with a gaping hole in it,” he said.
“I hope Prime Minister Anthony Albanese can fix this…we need to be proud of our institutions, we need to be proud of our parliament and we need to be proud of our flag.”
Albanese is on a plane to India for a three-day business and security tour with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but President Milton Dick and Senate Speaker Sue Lines have vowed to resolve the flag issue.
“The national importance and significance of the Australian flag cannot be overstated,” they said.
“We are aware of the unacceptable condition of the current Australian flag that flies over Parliament House.”
High winds and storms made the flag unchangeable last week, as it usually is, and it suffered from the elements.
Their joint statement explained that the flag is usually changed on the first Wednesday of each month, from a rotating flag stall.
However, high winds and storms meant that the flag could not be changed last week, as it usually is, and it suffered from the elements.
“Changing the flag is a dangerous and complex task due to the large size of the flag and the strong wind conditions at that altitude,” they explained.
‘Weather conditions need to be favorable to ensure a safe change can take place. Recent weather conditions have posed an unacceptable risk to the safety of personnel replacing the current flag.
“When there was an opportunity for personnel to safely ascend the pole, the lifting mechanism experienced a mechanical failure.”
The couple said the elevator was undergoing urgent maintenance and the flag would be changed as soon as possible.
Mr. Tehan’s response seemed to not understand the security issues.
“I hope your long list of excuses for the disrepair of the current flag doesn’t delay this from happening. Let’s also hope that we don’t go through this again,’ she said.
Parliament House’s massive flagpole is 81m long and the flag itself measures 6.4m by 12m, larger than a double-decker bus turned on its side.