Let’s talk: New Zealand is voting for a new flag today, should we do the same?

As polls open around the country today, New Zealanders have a big decision on their hands: should they say goodbye
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As polls open around the country today, New Zealanders have a big decision on their hands: should they say goodbye to their 114-year-old flag in favour of a new design or keep with tradition?

NZ prime minister John Key has been pushing for a new flag for some time now and has brought the issue to a referendum, which the nation is voting on today.

If New Zealanders vote ‘yes’ they will have a new flag design that is a blend of the silver fern and the southern cross.

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New Zealanders might be waving this flag in the future.

A similar debate has been bandied around Australia for some years now with no real outcome over whether or not we should create a new design to do our country proud.

There have been multiple mock ups, but none so great that they inspired Australia to make a change.

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One of the design mock ups for the new Australian flag.

Those who want a new flag argue that our current design is too similar to the United Kingdom’s and ties us too closely to a country we have little to do with anymore.

On the other hand are those who believe we should keep with tradition and honour our bond to the Commonwealth.

It’s likely the result of the New Zealand vote will ignite the issue in Australia again, with many republicans hoping this could be the final push to set the country on track to a new flag.

What do you think about this issue? Take the poll below and tell us why you would vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Should Australia get a new flag?

Why do you think Australia should get a new flag? Or, why do you think we should keep the flag we have?

  1. Not this again over it just leave it more things to worry about and can you imagine the cost

  2. no..more important things to worry about..there is no room for some bureaucrat justifying their existence, or trying to, with the nonsense of a different flag. When Australia has a large surplus of money, then, maybe, consider a change of flag. How about we once again be proud of the flag of our country..

  3. Don’t you think this country’s in enough debt without wasting millions of dollars on a new flag? Oh, wait a minute, we could cut the age pension, let the old bastards die, then there’d be heaps of money for flags, and for sending to foreign countries. Probably even be able to afford a substantial raise for politicians too……

  4. I would like a new flag, but I am not going to be too broken hearted if we keep the old flag, this not to me the most important issue we have at the moment . I would far prefer they concentrated on a referendum for Australia to become a Republic before they worried about the flag

    • Probably Sue, I was just listening the Parliamentary Questions time, the Liberals are spending their whole time trying to rip apart Labors policy, that is because they have none themselves. I can’t see how this DD will work either, they going to to have to deliver a budget and go the to the election the next day, the Liberals are floundering

    • I’m a Kiwi living in Australia for 17 years and I’m hoping NZ changes our flag. It’s time to move on.

    • Thanks Libbi. I think it will happen, however there is still a lot of people against it, as usual.

    • I was going to say that Libbie …. more important things at the moment. I think perhaps when we go to the next referendum,for a republic which we would hope is worded correctly next time, that the flag would be adjusted accordingly.

    • Annette O’Shea I never said I was or wasn’t an Australian.. Shame on you for presuming.!!!!!!!!!. I will always be a kiwi at heart !!!

    • I keep asking this question, and no one will give me an answer, anyone who wants us to be a republic tell me who would be our president , we can’t even keep a Prime Minister . I personally cannot think of any one

    • A bit hard to answer that Heather because we have no candidates yet to choose from but we have many good Australians who could fit the role

    • Denise Hart  

      The English Flag does not have the Southern Cross on it, we do not have to be a republic to be AUSTRALIAN and if we are tied to England, why aren’t in the EU. Puhleez.

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