The Art of the Australian Insult


An un-Australian use of the flag
February 2, 2009, 4:08 am
Filed under: Aussie Aussie Aussie, State of the nation | Tags: , ,

“I AGREE there is something un-Australian about driving around with an Australian flag flying from a ute or four-wheel drive (First Byte, Letters, 26/1). I suspect it is an expression of red-necked in-your-face aggression rather than pride in being an Australian. This idea seems to have come into vogue about the time of the Cronulla riots.”

Michael Stanbridge , Bonnet Bay, NSW, letter to The Australian, in response to this earlier letter:

“There is something very un-Australian about vehicles, mainly utes and four-wheel-drives, being driven around with flags attached. Australian culture is fast being diluted by imitators of anything American. What’s next, gun racks?”
R. Elphinstone, Ormiston, Qld.

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