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    Eureka flag 'hijacked by racists' - The West Australian

    There are union calls to stop abuse of the Eureka flag after an Australian of the Year raised fears it could become a swastika-like symbol of racism.
    Construction union boss Kevin Reynolds agreed with Australian of the Year Warwick Thornton, from the Northern Territory, who said the symbol was sometimes used as a racist nationalistic emblem.
    Mr Reynolds accused groups such as the Australian Nationalist Movement and participants in the 2005 Cronulla race riots of using it to give radical views a cloak of legitimacy.
    He said the flag, first flown at the 1854 Eureka Stockade rebellion in Ballarat, should not be hijacked from its primary role as a union symbol.
    "The Eureka flag doesn't belong to racists," he said.
    "People have their own uses for it but primarily it is a symbol of the working-class struggle."
    Thornton, a renowned filmmaker, called on the public to consider what the flag means to them, considering the Southern Cross constellation had for 40,000 years been a beacon to guide Aboriginals across the country.
    "We don't want to turn the Southern Cross into a swastika, that's bloody important," Thornton, writer and director of the film Samson and Delilah, said.
    "We should think about that on Australia Day and the bigger issue of what it represents and why is it happening."
    Professor Greg Craven, vice-chancellor at the Australian Catholic University, said racist links had destroyed the true meaning of the Southern Cross, which was about dignified rebellion.
    He said 20 years ago, the Southern Cross rivalled the Australian flag as a national symbol but it was now tainted by racism and appeared on bumper stickers with racist slogans.
    "The Southern Cross is becoming a symbol not of unity but of exclusion," Professor Craven said.
    He said the union movement also politicised the symbol since it was first used in the 1850s.
    The Eureka Stockade was not exclusively about the working class but also the middle class, he said.
    Professor Craven said there were similar racist connotations to the St George flag in Britain that is sometimes confiscated at soccer games amid fears it would promote racist clashes.
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    Heard this on the radio this morning.

    Sigh.

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    • #3
      Did aboriginals ever use constellations for navigation????
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      • #4
        Racist slogan and used as a symbol of exclusion??
        what about the "otherside" exclusion dogma's?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bunyack View Post
          Did aboriginals ever use constellations for navigation????
          probably not, but having an undocumented history gives you the opportunity to change it at will to suit what ever need you have at the present time.

          Isnt Warwick Thornton the douche that said all Australians are racist the day he was made (token) Australian of the year?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ageo View Post
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            Isnt Warwick Thornton the douche that said all Australians are racist the day he was made (token) Australian of the year?
            No. Warwick Thornton is a film maker. But hey, all them black fellas look the same right?
            The Southern Cross isn't a racist symbol, but like like any national symbol in any country it gets hijacked by nationalistic douchebags. Not the first time something like this has happened, and sure as shit won't be the last. As long as any nation has a symbol, it will be used by the xenophobic element as a calling card. But we can't just go around banning symbols. Suck it in and put up with it. They will find something else to ese in time.
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            • #7
              Fucking Hell John Williamson will be labeled racist next for singing about the Cootamundrah wattle.
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              • #8
                Racists exist everywhere in every country, it's unfortunate but a fact of life.

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                • #9
                  i thought the "fuck off we're full" stickers was the symbol of misplaced nationalism.
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                  • #10
                    I'm branding the aboriginal flag as a symbol of racism.

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                    • #11
                      no that's not racism, you have to be white to be racist, duh
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                      • #12
                        pfft... just because they choose to be the wrong colour, that makes me racist?

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                        • #13
                          <insert cynical anti-PC WASP comment here>

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                            Dont bring the Americans and religion into this debate Saint, its already full.


                            Fuck off this thread is full!!!
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                            • #15
                              Democracy means you can have your own opinion.
                              Not having the "correct" opinion in our "multi cultural" democracy starts to be a "crime" many times labelled "racism"
                              This means - NO more true democracy!

                              Bear in mind that 'opinion' is NOT the same as 'an act'!
                              Last edited by Jamathi; 25-01-2010, 12:29 PM. Reason: spellung fix up

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