A heated argument erupted on The Project over having the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and potentially making it the national flag.
The NSW Government took the decision on Sunday to permanently replace the NSW state flag with the Aboriginal flag on the Harbor Bridge after revelations it would cost $25million dollars to install a new mast.
But the panel’s discussion of whether Australia was set to ‘kiss’ the Aboriginal flag as the national flag turned fiery when Steve Price dismissed the idea.
The panel had aired a segment on the NSW Government replacing the NSW flag on the Harbor Bridge with the Aboriginal flag
“I think Australians support the flag they have,” he said. ‘We don’t need to change the flag, who wants to change the flag?’
“We have a flag, and it’s the Australian flag. Do you want to organize a referendum on the flag? Good luck buddy.’
Price’s co-hosts Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar disagreed and said that going forward there may be a mood for change.
“I think over the generations that will change,” Bickmore said.
Price quickly replied, “No, it won’t.”
Helliar sided with Bickmore on the possibility that the Australian flag could be replaced in the future by the native flag.
“Try to get rid of the Australian flag, will you? » Asking price.
“I’m happy to have a discussion about it, absolutely,” Helliar replied.
Price pointed out that a referendum would have to be held before such a decision was made.
Hamish McDonald (left) opened up discussion at the panel about having the Aboriginal flag as the national flag, which Price quickly dismissed.
The NSW Government had originally planned to fly the Australian, NSW and Aboriginal flag together above the Harbor Bridge until revelations that an additional flagpole would cost $25million.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet unveiled the staggering figure last month – despite the poles and flags of Poseidon – the northern beach company responsible for installing the additional pole – quoting just $200,000.
Mr Perrottet backtracked on the plan and said the money would be better spent on initiatives to close the gap for Indigenous Australians.
“This is a practical and pragmatic solution that makes sense and ensures that we celebrate our nation’s ancient heritage alongside its modern history in one ongoing story, which we can all be part of and celebrate together as one. alone,” Perrottet said.
Indigenous woman Cheree Toka has collected over 64,000 signatures on her change.org petition to keep the Indigenous flag permanently on the Sydney Harbor Bridge
A heated discussion erupted on The Project between Steve Price (pictured) and his co-hosts over Australia ’embracing’ the Aboriginal flag as its national flag
The Aboriginal flag has been flying above the bridge for a week as part of NAIDOC celebrations and was due to be taken down. Instead, it will stay there permanently.
Lauren Mace, of the Sydney pole company, said she guessed there were security concerns behind the mammoth price tag.
“It’s a lot (of money)…I think there’s a lot of work to be done to get a flag to stand safely on the harbor bridge,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
She suggested the bridge – one of Sydney’s busiest thoroughfares – would have to be closed if the work was carried out, which could account for much of the huge cost.
The Premier said the price ‘does not appear to pass the pub test’ and immediately ordered the NSW Department of Transport to review the contract, before deciding against it.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said he ‘didn’t know’ why putting up a third flag would cost taxpayers so much
The state flag will be moved into the Macquarie Street East redevelopment near Hyde Park Barracks.
Mr. Perrottet hopes to make the site a new historic center for the city.
“The work we do on Macquarie Street – I will ensure the NSW flag is prominently displayed there so people can see it, appreciate it, learn from it and value it,” he said. declared.
The Herald reported that the price was actually $10 million lower than the figure Mr. Perrottet made public, but he still decided to funnel the funds elsewhere.
Gladys Berejiklian, the prime minister’s predecessor, had previously rejected calls to permanently display the Aboriginal flag.
The additional $25 million will flow into Sydney’s $400 million redevelopment of Goat Island, which will be returned to traditional owners.