OPINION: Flag takes its rightful place finally

FINALLY the Aboriginal flag is flying with the Australian flag in Buss Park - as it should be.

Opinion was divided when the NewsMail revealed in last May that Bundaberg Regional Council was refusing to do so.

Frankly I couldn't understand what problem people had with the idea.

And the council's excuse for stalling on the matter - that some indigenous land use agreement, whatever that is, was being worked out - just didn't hold water.

As Gidarjil Development Corporation managing director Kerry Blackman says, the raising of the flag has "real meaning" to Aboriginal people.

For this reason, it's flown in a wide variety of places, including schools throughout the region and Queensland's Parliament House.

What flying the Aboriginal flag with the Australia one doesn't do is hurt anyone.

There is no persuasive argument as to why it shouldn't be flown on a flagpole that wasn't being used for any other purpose.

Mayor-elect Jack Dempsey should be congratulated for being on board.

Let's hope that's the end of it.


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