Australia Day Persuasive Speech

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If consuming large amounts of alcohol is what fuels the Australia Day fire of nationalism, then overt displays of the Australian flag is kindling. Exhibiting the Australian flag on Australia Day is, for most people, simply a way of expressing pride in our great nation. Wearing the flag now though – be it as a temporary tattoo on the face, a permanent tattoo on the body somewhere, as a shirt or a hat, or anything – is no longer the innocuous show of allegiance to Australia that it once was. To an anti-social minority, every display of the flag means a vote in support of violence-based nationalism. We all know who this minority is. They can usually be seen on Australia Day with their shirt off, beer can in hand, often wearing the flag as a cape, and being generally loud. Wherever there is incivility on…show more content…
By becoming obnoxiously drunk and tending towards violence they are not protecting, but demeaning our society, and the flag with it. Australia is a multicultural society. Deal with it. In Australia we are lucky to even have the option of "donning" the flag. The US Flag Laws and Regulations, section 4d, states: "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery . . ." In China wearing the flag is simply seen as disrespectful. To ban wearing the flag in Australia would be a little over the top. But do we really need to be displaying it everywhere anyway? Wearing the flag less, thereby discouraging those who abuse it, may be the only way to preserve the tradition. Instead of wearing the flag on Australia Day one could: dress up as Steve Irwin (god rest his soul) or Dame Edna; drink an all-Aussie beer; start reading a book of Aboriginal literature; eat a meat pie, kangaroo stew or have a barbecue with Australian products only; watch an Aussie movie such as Samson and Delilah or Priscilla Queen of the Desert; or listen to Aussie music all
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