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.