Is Australia next for a new flag?

Southern Cross flag (Western Sydney University)
Southern Cross flag (Western Sydney University)

Flag change fever might have spread across the Tasman, with a new poll from an Australian university showing backing for a new flag.

More than 8000 people responded to a Western Sydney University poll that put forward six alternative designs, The Guardian reported.

The poll showed 64 percent expressed a desire to change the flag with a design called Southern Horizon coming out on top. The design, with a 31 percent backing, features the Southern Cross and Commonwealth star on a blue background with green and gold waves.

Second place went to the Reconciliation flag design, which incorporates the colours of the indigenous Australian flag and an indigenous-inspired star.

Benjamin Jones, the lead researcher, says an official poll by the government is now needed, The Guardian reported. He says the Australian people were not part of the process to choose the current national flag when it was first flown in 1901.

The discussion of a new flag is a timely one with New Zealand gearing up for the final referendum in March where our current flag will be up against the Silver Fern design.

See the flag designs in the gallery above

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