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Aboriginal flag hung upside down at Anthony Albanese labor summit

Anthony Albanese makes a major Aboriginal flag error at his ‘groundbreaking’ jobs summit before a who’s who of Australia’s elite, from billionaires to prime ministers – and NONE of them noticed

  • The much-anticipated Jobs and Skills Summit kicked off Thursday at Parliament House
  • Had a rocky start when I botched the hoisting of the Aboriginal flag
  • Jacinta Price and Warren Mundine are quick to admonish after seeing it on TV
  • The Prime Minister began hanging the flag and the Torres Strait version after the election victory

Anthony Albanese Labor Summit has committed an embarrassing faux pas by hanging the Aboriginal flag upside down.

The flag was displayed alongside the flags of Australia and the Torres Strait Islanders at Thursday’s gathering of government and business leaders.

Despite being in the background when the Prime Minister spoke at the summit, the issue was not resolved and hung upside down for hours.

The black half of the flag, representing Aboriginal people, was supposed to be up when hoisted, but instead the red half was up.

Anthony Albanese Labor Summit has committed an embarrassing faux pas by hanging the Aboriginal flag upside down

Anthony Albanese Labor Summit has committed an embarrassing faux pas by hanging the Aboriginal flag upside down

Prominent Aboriginal leaders were shocked that the summit organizers could make such a fundamental mistake and that none of the high-profile attendees seemed to notice.

Senator Jacinta Price said it was ironic that the government had tried hard to show symbolic respect to Indigenous Australians but was so wrong.

“For all the virtuous expressions of respect for Australia’s Indigenous people… and all the efforts to place the flag strategically in a prominent position to express this profound virtue, do you think this Albanian government could actually fly it the right way round?” She said.

“Especially at such an important and groundbreaking event as the job summit.”

Aboriginal business leader and former Labor Party President Warren Mundine was equally shocked when he saw the upside-down flag on TV.

“How ignorant and pathetic it is that our national flag be treated like this… hang it up properly!” he said.

At one point, a group of attendees, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar, took a selfie in front of the flags and appeared not to notice the obvious mistake.

Despite being in the background when the Prime Minister spoke at the summit, the issue was not resolved and hung upside down for hours

Despite being in the background when the Prime Minister spoke at the summit, the issue was not resolved and hung upside down for hours

June Oscar, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Officer, Emma Fulu, Executive Director of the Equality Institute, Michele O'Neil, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Dr. Leonora Risse of RMIT University and Treasury Secretary Katy Gallagher take a selfie with the flags - nobody seems to notice the glaring mistake

June Oscar, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Officer, Emma Fulu, Executive Director of the Equality Institute, Michele O’Neil, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Dr. Leonora Risse of RMIT University and Treasury Secretary Katy Gallagher take a selfie with the flags – nobody seems to notice the glaring mistake

Raising an upside down flag is usually a sign of distress, such as on a sinking ship, and is sometimes performed by protesters at rallies.

Australian flag protocols prohibit flying flags in the wrong direction under any circumstances.

Mr Albanese began displaying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in Parliament and at government events after seizing power in the May 21 election.

At the time, Senator Price criticized the flag show as empty symbolism and prompted One Nation leader Pauline Hanson to storm out of the Senate.

Other Indigenous MPs and leaders believe this is a long overdue acknowledgment of Australia’s pre-settlement history and that First Nations cultures endure to this day.

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Bradford Betz

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