Free the Flag! Why is the Aboriginal Flag Privately-Owned?

Every year the AFL dedicates one match to celebrate Indigenous players and

communities however this was the first year where the Aboriginal flag was not

present due to copyright claims and the flag being privately owned. Many were

shocked to learn that the Aboriginal flag is in fact owned by a non-indigenous

clothing company named WAM. The absurdity of a company actually owning a flag

and gaining royalties from the flag seen as a ‘product’ has been deemed offensive

and outrageous. So how did this flag come to be in possession of a non-indigenous

company? And what would need to be done in order to change this law? Professor

Jaky Troy from the University of Sydney joined us where she is the Director of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research.

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