Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O'Brien is encouraging everyone to fly the Australian flag on Monday, September 3, to celebrate the anniversary of the Australian national flag.
The Australian flag is the symbol of our nation, our people, our customs and traditions.
In 1901 a competition was held to select a flag for our nation and 32,823 entries were submitted, such was the strong interest in wanting a national emblem to represent our newly created country. The Australian flag was first flown above the Melbourne Exhibition Building 117 years ago, when it identified us to the world as a new, independent and unified nation.
The flag reminds us of our strong and successful history as a Commonwealth nation and unifies us in both good times and sad times. It has been a constant symbol of our nation, present at significant events in Australia's history. It is flown at schools, homes, public buildings, sporting events, on vessels, and flies above Parliament House in Canberra.
The flag represents Australians who are known throughout the world for our generosity, fairness, compassion, tolerance, decency and humour.
The flag also reflects the ideals of all Australians and the pride we have in our nation that is felt in every community across Australia.
I encourage all Australians to celebrate with pride the 117th anniversary of the Australian National Flag.
Mr O'Brien will present Australian flags to Woolooga State School and Kids on Caton Early Learning Centre, Gympie.
For more information and resources for Australian National Flag Day, visit the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet's website: www.pmc.gov.au/flag