Brendan Jones in the SMH:
Australia has the world’s most unpopular national flag … Support for the Australian flag peaked in the early 1960s at about 70 per cent. Since then, support has declined steadily at an average of one half of one percentage point each year.
I guess that explains why current flag sales are so poor:
Sales have increased three-fold in the past five years, with the most notable rise among private rather than corporate buyers …
Bruce Merrett of Abel Flagpoles and Flags said sales had been steadily rising for three years. “Since September 11, patriotism has increased probably four-fold,” he said.
Jim Hilbert, managing director of Carroll and Richardson Flagworld, said his company’s sales this month were at a 40-year high and 50 per cent higher than at this time last year.
Maybe people are buying all these flags just so they can set them on fire.
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