“Ten flags” Tony blows flag budget

From the AFR:

CaptureFederal politicians spent over $500,000 on flags in the second half of last year, but their patriotic zeal may be dampened after the Treasury tightened its flag budget from July 1.

Liberal MP and former Australian tennis hero John Alexander topped the flag spending at $17,949, followed by independent MP Bob Katter on $13,320 and and National MP Bruce Scott on $12,236.

Go Team Australia.


    • Annoying Devil

      I doubt it. Like those famous Aussie made ugg boots, the kangaroo tags say made in australia, the sales lady insists they are made in Australia, yet the box she has taken them out from, has Chinese shipping labels.

  1. what’s a flag worth?
    Let’s say $250 max including pole = 2,000 flags.
    I assume last yrs flag was was out of date?

    • This is what I really can’t get my head around… what happened to all the previous flags? Must be daylight savings and all that extra sun damaging our flags…

      • They’re just tired out from attending so many press conferences. Flags have feelings too.

  2. Next it’ll be those stupid lapel pins that seem to have become compulsory in the U.S.

    • moderate mouse

      Yep….stand by for the announcement that we are installing pumps on all toilets in our northern hemisphere embassies to make sure the water flushes the ‘Australian way’.

  3. Flags depreciate quickly. Can’t they just share the flags, they can’t all be using them at the same time?

  4. According to the good folk at Reclaim Australia, who are never wrong or dishonest, the constitution requires that Federal Members of Parliament provide a flag on demand to any constituent who requires one. Maybe John Alexander has a lot of constituents who have needed a flag in recent months.

  5. surflessMEMBER

    Australia Will Run Out Of Flags By 2020 At Current Consumption Rates, Modelling Shows.

    The Federal Government today announced a $2.2 billion boost in funding for the flag industry, after analysis revealed Australia could run out of flags entirely within five years if consumption continues at its current rate.

    Announcing the new spending measures this morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was a critical investment in Australia’s future.

    “While it might be hard to imagine now, by 2020 it is predicted that the average media briefing will use two hundred flags. By 2030, a thousand. Even by this time next year, you can expect to see 80-90 flags behind me for a run-of-the-mill security announcement. So continued investment in the flag industry is vital. What this new funding does is secure our future for the next 30-40 years”.

    Mr Abbott said the rise of terrorist groups such as ISIS, and challenging poll numbers, meant Australia’s flag consumption habits were changing. “We need to protect our borders; we need to protect our citizens. And the best way to do that is with lots and lots of big flags,” he said.

    Meanwhile, a spokesperson revealed that the Government has already started to ration its use of flags in anticipation of a shortfall. “Just as an example, this week’s citizenship policy announcement was supposed to be a thirty-flag event. We had to cut it back to ten. We got away with that one, but if there’s an unexpected drop in approval ratings, we could be left well short of the optimum number of flags required”.
    The funding was rushed through Parliament today, with support from Labor.


  6. bolstroodMEMBER

    Q.What do you call someone wanking while wrapped in the Aussie flag?
    A. Prime Minister.

    Q.What is the term for someone wanking while wrapped in the Aussie flag?

  7. One forgets, nobody seemed to obsess about the flag much till John Howard came into power. This seemed to be about turning opinion against new flag and republic as Labor govt. had been mooting, along with coming closer to Asia socially. Further, it was also about promoting old Oz icons and symbols including flag, ANZACs, British connection, monarchy, community concern about ‘Asians’, English language, Oz values, Oz identity blah blah (not unrelated to a top heavy aged electorate informed by pre 80s Oz). This is not unlike much of Confederate imagery under the microscope presently in the USA, i.e. it’s being called out for what it is, perpetuating old segregationist prejudices and biases….. and you’re either ‘with us or against us’.