Senator Eric Abetz has slammed the rainbow flag found in government buildings. According to him, the flag is a representation of a “hostile nation.” He unveiled his sentiments during a Senate Estimates Committee hearing.
Though the rainbow flag is considered as a symbol of gay and lesbian community and its development, the senator considered it as a symbol of hostility. “This particular flag, you will realize, is the flag of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, that declared war on Australia and you Senator Cormann would understand they did the same as Prince Leonard of Hutt River Province and now this is their official flag,” Senator Abetz said. “Of course, it is the flag of a hostile nation if we are to believe them, having declared war on Australia. I dare say that wasn’t the reason it was flown…”
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Abetz has been a campaigner against the fight for marriage equality in Australia. The senator asked the Department of Finance about the protocols that are considered for flying a rainbow flag in government buildings.
The question left the department baffled. The Tasmanian senator mentioned that the department building’s foyer has a rainbow flag. He then said that this might be upsetting for some staff members in the department as they might not be a supporter of marriage equality.
“To cut to the chase, there was the rainbow flag on display in the lobby which, believe it or not, some people see as an activist flag for a particular cause in relation to an issue of whether or not we should change the legislation on marriage and some people of course support that cause, others don’t,” Abetz said. “If that is allowed, then one imagines that the Marriage Alliance banner should be flown equally,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Senator Abetz as saying.
Back in 2004, there was a group that launched a protest against Australia as the nation banned same-sex marriage. The activists admitted they had planted a flag in the Coral Sea Island of the Great Barrier Reef given to the Aussie policies relating to the gay and lesbian community.
They named the tiny uninhabited island as “The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea” and thereby declared a war on Australia. The activist, Dale Parker Anderson, was proclaimed as the Emperor of the newly named protest country.