Thursday, September 3, is Australian National Flag Day and it is an opportunity for all Australians to celebrate with pride the anniversary of the Australian National Flag and all that it represents.
Proclaimed in 1996 as a national day, it celebrates the first time the flag was flown on September 3, 1901.
Since that, day flying the Australian Flag has been a way of expressing pride in our nation, respect for our heritage and acknowledgement of our history.
This Thursday, I'll be reflecting on this national symbol and the values it represents; respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of opportunity regardless of gender, race, religion or ethnic background.
These are the values our flag represents. These are the values I serve to uphold.
I urge all Australians to be proud of these values, and proud of our flag.