Five alternative designs for Australia's national flag divide the internet

Five alternative designs for Australia's national flag divide the internet
Five alternative designs for Australia's national flag divide the internet

An Australian man has sparked debate by presenting five alternative national flags - including a 'Reconciliation flag' and a 'Sunburnt flag'. 

Jack Toohey posted a video to his TikTok account on Thursday showing viewers five designs that have been created as substitutes to the current Australian flag.

In the footage he displays the flags, who they were designed by and when, and explains the meaning behind their names and the features of the flag. 

While some of Toohey's fans liked the alternate choices others were unwilling to look beyond the current flag, which features the Union Jack, the Commonwealth Star and the Southern Cross. 

Jack Toohey has posted a TikTok showing five alternate designs to the current Australian flag, leaving the internet divided.

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Jack Toohey has posted a TikTok showing five alternate designs to the current Australian flag, leaving the internet divided.

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Which is your favourite Australian flag design?

The Reconciliation Flag 29 votes The 'Down Under' Flag 3 votes The Sunburnt Flag 23 votes The Golden Wattle Flag 5 votes The current Australian Flag 128 votes John Joseph's Untitled Flag 21 votes

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The first flag Toohey showed in the video is called 'The Reconciliation Flag' designed in 2013 by John Blaxland. It keeps the right hand side of the current flag the same with the Southern Cross on a blue background. 

However Blaxland includes a seven pointed Commonwealth Star filled in with dots representing the 150 Indigenous and migrant languages spoken in Australia.

He has also included a boomerang, designed as a fragment of the Union Jack, keeping Australia's colonisation history within the flag. 

The next flag, titled 'Down Under', was designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1986. It displays a red semi-circle on top of a blue background and a seven pointed star said to represent Uluru upside down. It plays on the idea of Australia being the country 'Down Under'. 

The Reconciliation flag includes parts of the current Australian flag such as the Southern Cross and the Union Jack while also bringing Australia's Indigenous history into the flag

The Down Under design plays on the idea of Australia being the country 'Down Under'

The Reconciliation Flag (left) brings Australia's Indigenous history into the flag while the Down Under design (right) plays on the idea of Australia being the country 'below'

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The 'Untitled Flag' designed by John Joseph in 2006 is mentioned in the video and replaces the original Union Jack with an Indigenous dot painting.

There has been controversy around this particular design in recent years as the artist is not Indigenous. 

A fan-favourite was 'The Sunburnt Flag' designed by Stephen Berry in 1998. This design calls upon the idea of Australia being the 'sunburnt country', a term coined by Dorothea Mackellar in her poem 'My Country' in 1990.

The sunrise in the design is evocative of the Aboriginal flag, bringing the two together while also leaving elements of the current Australian flag such as the blue sky and the Southern Cross, cleverly mixing the two

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