Hot on the heels of moves in the far-right of the US Republican Party to amend the US constitution to ban flag-burning, large-L Liberal MP Bronwyn Bishop has urged the same.* As I’ve argued recently, this may well breach the Australian constitution. But a better reason not to do it is to have a look at a few countries that are so insecure about their national identity that they need to jail flag-burners.
- North Korea
Australia is a bigger country than Ms Bishop’s proposal suggests. What we should be defending are our values, not our ensigns. We already have laws against inciting racial violence – we don’t need laws to defend the Southern Cross and the Union Jack.
* I did a radio interview on this issue yesterday with 2GB’s Angela Bishop (daughter of) and Jason Morrison. Needless to say, I didn’t persuade them.