I’ve always been proud to stand under Australian flag and Adam Bandt must consider his actions, PM breaks his silence on Greens leader’s bizarre stunt
- Greens leader Adam Bandt denies standing with Australian national flag
- On Monday, a member of his staff was seen removing it in front of a presser
- Only the Aboriginal flag and the flag of Torres Strait Island could be seen behind it.
- Greens say the national flag represents colonization and dispersal
- Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Mr Bandt should reconsider his position
Anthony Albanese Adam Bandt has criticized his refusal to present with the Australian flag because it offended some Aboriginal people.
The prime minister said he was proud of the flag and accused the Greens leader of seeking ‘division’.
Mr. Bandt’s staff remove the flag from behind their leader before a press conference Sydney on Monday.
Speaking in Hobart on Wednesday, Mr Albanese said: ‘I have always been very proud to stand before the Australian flag and I think anyone who is a member of the Australian Parliament should do the same.
‘Reconciliation is about bringing people together. On the journey we need to make.
‘If people look for division instead of looking for unity then it is underestimated.
‘People I respect have made harsh comments. I respect them. And I just say to Mr. Bandt that he needs to think about the responses that have been made and reconsider his position and work to promote unity and work to promote reconciliation. ‘
Earlier Liberal MP Phil Thompson, who survived an explosion a meter in front of him AfghanistanCalled the Greens leader a ‘national disgrace’.
He said that his wife Jena, who is a tribal, was ‘disgusted’ by the stunt.
Phil Thompson (pictured with wife Jenna and one of their two daughters) described the Greens leader as a ‘national disgrace’.
Mr Thompson said his wife Jenna, who is Aboriginal, was ‘disgusted’ after Mr Bandt’s staff removed the flag from behind him ahead of a press conference in Sydney on Monday.
Mr Bandt refused to come up with the flag because it reminded some Indigenous Australians of colonization.
Mr Thompson, shadow assistant defense minister and Herbert’s MP in North Queensland, wrote on Twitter: ‘My wife is a proud Aboriginal woman and despises Green’s media stunt leader and his rhetoric of division.
‘I take the importance of the ANF very seriously, I fought under it, my brother who died in action, had our flag draped over his coffin.’
Later speaking to Sky News, he accused Mr Bandt of trying to ‘divide the nation’.
“We should always recognize and accept the past, but the way we move forward as a nation is to move together,” he said.
A member of Mr Bandt’s staff is seen removing the flag from behind the podium in front of the presser at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices. Sydney on Monday.
Greens leader Adam Bandt (pictured in front of the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Island flag today) has caused a stir by refusing to stand alongside the Australian national flag at a press conference.
A journalist said she saw a Greens employee remove the Australian flag from behind the podium before Mr Bandt spoke – leaving the Torres Strait island and Aboriginal flag in place
This move meant that only the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Island flag could be seen behind them when talking to the cameras.
Mr Bandt told Daily Mail Australia that the nation’s flag reminds some of the colonization of Australia.
The flag, which was first flown after the Union in 1901, has the Union Jack in the upper left corner which acknowledges the history of the British colony.
“For many Australians, this flag reflects the pain of eviction and colonialism,” Mr Bandt said.
‘By moving into a people and a republic, through treaties with the First Nations, we can have a flag that represents all of us.’
A review of Mr. Bandt’s previous TV interviews shows that he always has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the background, but never the nation’s flag.
Mr Bandt later said that the Union Jack symbol was harmful to Indigenous Australians.
From left to right: Greens MP for Griffith Max Chandler-Matter, leader Adam Bandt, Senator Penny Allman-Payne and Senator Larissa Waters elect