I’m currently delving into the history of flying flags on …

Comment on Aboriginal flag on Anzac Hill: it’s not over yet by Alex Nelson.

I’m currently delving into the history of flying flags on Anzac Hill.
The two current prominent flag poles were erected in 1989 as part of a major upgrade of the top of Anzac Hill commencing with the removal of the old watertank allowing for increased parking and improved traffic flow.
I think it was at this time that the NT flag first flew permanently at the top of Anzac Hill, alongside the national flag. This prompted the first call, by the Central Land Council in late 1989, to also fly the Aboriginal flag atop the hill, too – this was rejected by the Alice Springs Town Council.
What we all appear to have forgotten is that before 1989 there were four standard flag poles at the Anzac Memorial, these were used for flying the national flag and three armed services flags on special occasions such as Anzac Day and Armistice Day.
I can’t recall if the Commonwealth flag flew on its mast constantly but I think probably not as vandalism was a constant headache for the management of the memorial site.
However, what is definitely the case is that up until late 1989 nobody ever called for the flying of the Aboriginal flag or any others on top of Anzac Hill.
This debate was triggered by the deep political and ideological divide that existed in the NT during the early period of NT Self-Government, and what is occurring now is simply a renewal of this polarising argument by a new generation oblivious to recent political history.
It was a mistake to erect those two prominent flag poles in 1989 as they serve only to emphasise political division in our community.

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