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Oceania Briefing— Global

Preface

National identity in Australia, Tonga and Fiji's territorial dispute and rugby World Cup headache in New Zealand.

Identity Territory Rugby Australia Tonga Fiji New Zealand

Flagging design

Australia [NATIONAL IDENTITY]

A coalition including more than a dozen Australians of the Year wants to dump the national flag, with its British-heritage Union flag in one corner (the rest of the flag features stars on a blue background). The bid is also adding fuel to a bigger debate: should Australia abandon the British monarchy? Opponents of the flag – mocked as “Britain by Night” by the American comedian Jerry Seinfeld – say it is an embarrassing relic of the colonial era at home and confusing overseas. “It’s time Australia grew…

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