Thanks for seeing, signing and sharing our Pride Not Profit petition. We have had nearly 150,000 signatures in support of the campaign but we need to maintain pressure on the government and we need your help!
Do you have two minutes?
If you do, we would love you to download our template letter to send your Local Member of Parliament (MP) to urge them to take action to Free the Flag! Add your voice to the movement, together we can make this happen!
Copy and paste our MP Letter template below, make your edits to add your flavour and send it in an email to your local MP. Their job is to represent you on matters you care about. Don't forget to change the subject line to make it unique so it doesn't get filtered out.
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When you send your email, copy us and Minster for Aboriginal Affairs, Ken Wyatt, into the email (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org). We want see which MP's you have helped us reach.
Here we go...
MP Letter Template
Wherever you see the orange text, this is the piece that we need you to edit or delete before sending.
To: Your local MP's email address
Email Subject: Be creative here, don’t let them set a filter and ignore you!
Date: INSERT DATE HERE
Dear INSERT MINISTER’S NAME HERE,
I write to seek your support for the Free the Flag Campaign.
Free the Flag is campaigning to:
- Free the Aboriginal Flag from its current licensing agreements
- See the Aboriginal flag be treated like every other proclaimed national flag in the world with a free public license.
- Enable the celebration of the Aboriginal flag without asking for permission or paying to do so.
- Enable the consumer to have freedom of choice from whom they purchase flag products.
Recently, all 18 AFL Football Clubs united to stand alongside the campaign during the league’s Indigenous Round and the awareness of the Free the Flag movement continues to grow.
I implore you to join with me and over 140,000 other Change.org petitioners (www.change.org/pridenotprofit) to urge the Government to resolve this issue. The inaction on this matter cannot continue.
This is an issue of importance to not only myself as a constituent of your electorate, but a vast number Australians. The Aboriginal Flag is an iconic symbol of national significance to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
YOUR NAME &
CONTACT DETAILS HERE
That's it! Easy as that :) Every MP letter really does make a difference!
Photo: Sarah Sheridan, MP Linda Burney and Laura Thompson Meeting on 11th September at Parliament House.
Labor’s Linda Burney has been a supporter of the #FreeTheFlag movement and is demanding the federal government take steps to sort out what she has described as a “secret agreement” that controls the use of the Aboriginal flag in public, because it is now unclear whether her own tattoo of the flag is a breach of copyright.
“This situation is untenable,” Burney said. “It’s unthinkable that the use of the Aboriginal flag is now governed by a secret agreement at the discretion of a for-profit company.
“It is a discredit to the flag’s history and the strength it represents.”
Read more: Allam, L. (2019, 10 Sept). Linda Burney demands government sort out Aboriginal flag 'secret agreement' from the Australian: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/sep/10/linda-burney-demands-government-sort-out-aboriginal-flag-secret-agreement