‘They’ve got the wrong end of it’: RSLWA urged to reverse Aboriginal flag & Welcome to Country ban
The head of the WA RSL denies it’s being disrespectful or shunning Aboriginal culture – by moving to ban Welcome to Country and the Aboriginal flag from ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
The RSL says it’s consulted with sub-branches over the past six months – with the policy to only allow the Australian – West Australian and New Zealand flags at services.
All content must be presented in English – except the New Zealand anthem.
But CEO John McCourt says the decision is about being more inclusive – not less.
But Veterans Affairs Minister Peter Tinley says it’s the wrong decision – and out of step with community expectations.
This is a regrettable and divisive decision by RSLWA and I suggest they reconsider. Immediately.
It is worth noting that our New Zealand partners embrace the language of their Indigenous peoples at ANZAC DAY ceremonies.
We should do the same.
— Ben Wyatt MLA (@benwyatt) February 21, 2020
(Pic: Marta Pascual Juanola/WAtoday)
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