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A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953 to recognise the Eureka Flag as an official flag of Australia, and for related purposes
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Introduced Senate 23 Mar 2004

Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004
First Reading

Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004
First Reading

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2002-2003-2004

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

SENATE

Presented and read a first time

Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Bill 2004

No. , 2004

(Senator Marshall)

A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953 to recognise the Eureka Flag as an official flag of Australia, and for related purposes

Contents

1       Short title 1

2       Commencement 1

3       Schedule(s) 2

Schedule 1--Amendment of the Flags Act 1953       3

A Bill for an Act to amend the Flags Act 1953 to recognise the Eureka Flag as an official flag of Australia, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1 Short title

        This Act may be cited as the Flags Amendment (Eureka Flag) Act 2004.

2 Commencement

        This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3 Schedule(s)

        Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1--Amendment of the Flags Act 1953

1 After section 4

Insert:

4A The Eureka Flag

        The flag described in Schedule 3, being the flag a reproduction of which is set out in Schedule 4, shall be known as the Eureka Flag or the Southern Cross Flag.

2 After Schedule 2

Insert:

Schedule 3--The Eureka Flag

       (1) The Eureka Flag or Southern Cross Flag is a blue flag and has:

       (a) the proportion of 13:20 (width:length);

       (b) a white cross in the centre of the flag, each arm of the cross not extending to the edge of the flag as specified in Table C;

       (c) an eight pointed white star centred over the ends of each arm of the cross as specified in Table D;

       (d) a larger eight pointed star over the centre of the cross as specified in Table D;

       (e) each star with a blue border in the same colour as the background.

Table C--The Cross


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Position

Length*

Width*

Horizontal arm

Centred

0.7625

0.0925

Vertical arm

Centred

0.4625

0.09

* Expressed in fractions of length of the flag

Table D--The Stars and Borders


Position of centre

Outer diameter

Inner diameter



In fractions of length of flag

In fractions of outer diameter

Centre star

Centre of flag

0.1625

half

Centre star border


0.185

half

Outer 4 stars

Centred over the ends of each arm

0.15

half

Outer stars' borders


0.17125

half

Schedule 4--The Eureka (Southern Cross) Flag

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