Every sovereign nation on earth flies its own national flag, the symbol of the country, of the people, of the ideals and beliefs that those people live by and proclaim. The Olympic flag reminds athletes and all who see it of the Olympic ideals of fair play, straight forward competition and pride in honest achievement.
For the Australian people the Australian National Flag is profoundly symbolic. It is their chief national symbol and was raised for the first time on 3rd September 1901 in the presence of the first Australian Prime Minister, the Hon. Edmund Barton. This symbol of nationality stands for the democracy which allows Australians to discuss its meaning and origins.
The flag is the icon of Australian freedom as it flies "aloft and free" representing both the union of Australians as one nation - and their rights and responsibilities as citizens - allowing personal divergence and self-expression.