Racism Links to Aussie Car Flags

Todd Cardy, PerthNow, January 23, 2012

Drivers who fly Australian flags on their cars to celebrate Australia Day are “more racist” than people who do not, according to research from UWA.

University of Western Australia sociologist and anthropologist Professor Farida Fozdar and a team of assistants surveyed 513 people at the Australia Day fireworks on Perth’s Swan River foreshore last year to find out whether there was a link between car flag flying and racist attitudes.

Professor Fozdar said the team found that of the 102 people surveyed on the day who had attached flags to their cars for the national holiday, 43 per cent agreed with the statement that the now-abandoned “White Australia Policy” had “saved Australia from many problems experienced by other countries”.

She said that only 25 per cent of people who did not fly Australia car flags agreed with the statement.

Under the “White Australia Policy”, which was non-official government policy until after World War II, non-Europeans were barred from migrating to Australia.

The survey also found that a total of 56 per cent of people with car flags feared for Australian culture and believed that the country’s most important values were in danger, compared with 34 per cent of non-flag flyers.

Thirty-five per cent of flag flyers felt that people had to be born in Australia to be truly Australian, compared with 22 per cent of non-flag flyers. Twenty-three per cent of flag flyers believed that true Australians had to be Christian, while 18 per cent of non-flaggers agreed with the statement.

An overwhelming 91 per cent of people with car flags agreed that people who move to Australia should adopt Australian values, compared with 76 per cent of non-flaggers.

A total of 55 per cent of flaggers believed migrants should leave their old ways behind, compared with 30 per cent of non-flaggers.

“What I found interesting is that many people didn’t really have much to say about why they chose to fly car flags or not,” Professor Fozdar said.

“Many felt strongly patriotic about it—and for some, this was quite a racist or exclusionary type of patriotism—but it wasn’t a particularly conscious thing for many.”

The research backs up an opinion piece from PhD student Michael Britton, who has lectured in history and politics at Curtin University and Notre Dame University, which argues that flying an Australian flag on a car may actually be a sign of disrespect for the country.

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  • Drivers who fly Australian flags on their cars to celebrate Australia
    Day are “more racist” than people who do not, according to research from

    Flying Australian flags on Australia Day.  Whoever heard of such insanity?

    43 per cent agreed with the statement that the now-abandoned “White
    Australia Policy” had “saved Australia from many problems experienced by
    other countries”.

    It’s too bad that doesn’t translate into more votes for Pauline Hanson and One Nation.  The problem is, every time you turn around, some Liberal Party member (the Australian lamestream conservative party) is co-opting our agenda in the weeks before election day.  John Howard had this as a favorite trick.

    Without knowing any better, I once thought it was a good idea to De-Union Jack to Australian flag.  Then someone explained it to me that it’s non-white multicultis and their ideology that is the driving force behind it.

    • Thankfully the romantic pomp and ceremony of Will and Kate’s royal wedding last year has set back the pro-republic/anti-monarchy crowd a few years.

  • Anonymous

    Now you can’t fly the flag of your country without being a racist?  Amazing. Maybe they should pass out Mexican flags. It works here in America.

  • Drivers who fly Australian flags on their cars to celebrate Australia Day are “more racist…

    and the problem is?

    Where from and how did it become so that Today, to Wave one’s Flag is, “racist”?

    Flags are Symbols of Great Pride Yes, and the kind of Pride that brings you to Tears and Death too but I see it as Honor.

    I’m dumbfounded as to why anyone would even think to think of their own Flag as being “racist”.  That’s just dumb.

  • Anonymous

    The solution: Make it illegal for individuals to display the Australian flag.

    Problem solved.

  • flying flag shows disrespect for Country – When all else fails….Ramp up the Old but Tested and True, European Style White Guilt….

    White People need to Raise their Flags even Higher!

    • I like that you’re posting a lot in this story, for your avatar is really not a long stretch from the Australian flag.

      • I post, ninety-nine percent of the time, either here or on Politico and Yes Sir, boy oh boy do people equate The Confederate Battle Flag with innate “racism” and Slavery.

        re: Politico – They don’t bother anymore though.  Only a new member will try but the old ones, they know they can’t win.  Facts always were impossible to dispute!

      • I also meant to say:  I’m not exactly an “expert” on FaceBook and had to figure out how to change the photo but I’ve always used this Flag on Politico.  I display her everywhere and anywhere I can actually.  I Love Her.

  • Let the mudlims drown in the Sea like the Filthy Rats they are.

    Insular Pennisular – So I and a Great Number of Others are Right after all.  All White People need to do is Assert their Right to what is their’s and Viola!, All is Good!

  • Times are now that you will find if you haven’t already, your own Family will turn you loose over nothing but how you happen to personally feel about things.

  • Anonymous

    Similar situation with flying the English flag on St. Ge0rge’s day – all the liberal bed wetters worry about how Mustafa and his six wives will feel “threatened” and “unwelcome” in the country that took them in from the hellhole they came from, introduced them to indoor plumbing and provided their kids with the education and opportunities to become something more than a goat herder.  

  • Anonymous

    Do you really believe that someone named ‘Farida Fozdar’ has any love or respect for the founding population of the state of Australia?

    According to her, just loving your country by displaying the national flag is a crime.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t see this as an attempt to suggest the Aussie flag is a racist symbol?

    Didn’t they do the same thing to the Rebel flag?

    • After a little thought, I have decided that yes, I have “racist” undertones and I subconsciously display them via Flying the Flag of my Country.

      People need to start talking about African Flags, Islam Flags, South American Flags, China Flag and every other Flag that represents Torture, Abject Poverty, Corruption and yup, “racism” too.

  • It is you young one, who does not get it.

    The ONLY purpose for this “survey” is make and/or keep White People afraid to be Loyal to their own.

    It because they have succeeded in making a word (racist) into something far worse than actual crime, it can now be “proven” that White People who Wave Flags are, in one manner or another, “racist”.

    This is meant to keep you down and separate.  Keeping Whites apart is the goal.  The more separate we are, the easier it is to destroy us.  Why can’t you see this?

  • Zorro

    Are you for real?! Belly ache over the black Nationalist flag, the different Muslim flags, the numerous Central American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Mexican flags, and then come see us about the “Racist” Confederate flags.

    Get over yourself, you delicate little flower.

  • Zorro

    You don’t need a study about how “Racist” Third Worlders are: They’re  called a Crime Statistics, and Police Reports.