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Flags and Australian political parties

If party flags for the major Australian political parties exist then they are not often used, although their logos often include or are based on flags.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Australian Labor Party

The logo of the Australian Labor Party is clearly intended to resemble Australian national flag, in red, white and blue with the stars on the blue background in vaguely the right positions.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Communist Party of Australia

[Communist Party of Australia] image located by Mateusz Tristan, 4 July 2023


Flag listed at as a de facto flag of the party, which was historically active in the mid-20th century.

Country Liberal Party

The logo of the Country Liberal Party, which operates only in the Northern Territory, includes the territory's flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

First Nations Political Party

[First Nations Political Party] image located by Valentin Poposki, 29 August 2012

Source:, where caption states "The First Nations Political Party has made its Territory debut at the recent NT election. Founder Maurie Japarta Ryan talks with Paul Wiles about how the party performed…..but more importantly Maurie’s aspirations for future elections."
Rob Raeside, 29 August 2012

Liberal Party

The logo of the Liberal Party includes the Australian national flag as the corner of an 'L' shape including two other blue flag-shapes.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Liberal Democratic Party

[Liberal Democratic Party] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 4 October 2011

Liberal Democratic Party was founded in 2001. It adheres to libertarian and classical liberal principles and is the member of Interlibertarians, the international organization of libertarian parties. [1, 2]

The party flag is derived from the Eureka flag by changing the field color to gold and adding a white vertical panel at the hoist, which is charged with the party logo. The logo consists of monogram LDP in blue and gold and the full name of the party in blue. The flag adoption was announced in December 2009 and it was launched at the National Conference of the party, which took place in Sydney on 2010-01-24 [3]. The Eureka flag was chosen as the basis of the flag design as a symbol of the fight for civil liberties, democratic process and against excessive government interference [3, 4]. As I have learned through communication with David Leyonhjelm, the Treasurer and Registered Officer of the party, the use of gold color in the party logo has inspired the change of field color in order to make a more distinctive flag.

[1] Wikipedia page about the party:
[2] Party website - the principles:
[3] Party website - the December 2009 newsletter:
[4] Party website - the Eureka flag:

The described flag is shown in the image above. The image is created as the modification of the high-resolution image of the flag, which is available at the download section of the party website:
Tomislav Todorovic, 4 October 2011

The Nationals

[The Nationals flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 24 December 2012

The Australian Country Party was formed in 1920. In 1975, it became the National Country Party, and in 1982, simply the National Party of Australia. Since 2003, the name "The Nationals" has been used, rather than the official name.

It is in some sense the third party in Australian politics. At the federal level, it operates in Coalition with the Liberal Party, in government and opposition, standing candidates generally in rural areas, while the Liberal Party stands in the cities. At state level, arrangements vary. In some states (e.g. NSW), the same coalition exists, while in others such as WA the party acts independently of the Liberals, and considered forming government with the Labor Party. In contrast, in Queensland, the state branches of hte National and Liberal Parties have just merged.

In contrast to my comments in 2006, last night on the news I saw a flag of The Nationals, on display at a meeting of their federal committee. The flag is the same as their logo, with a green background and the word "NATIONALS" in yellow block capitals. To the left of the first N, the word "THE" appears in smaller letters, reading from top to bottom.
Jonathan Dixon, 25 October 2008

The only photo of their flag which could have been found on the Web (no longer online) was at the Victoria state party organization: and it revealed that the flag does match the description.

The color shades seem to match the official definition of Australian national colors:
Tomislav Todorovic, 24 December 2012

Progressive Labour Party

PLP logo
[PLP logo and proposed national flag] image by António Martins, 18 Jan 2007

I just found a flag on the Progressive Labour Party website. There is separate page [now a dead link, archived here - ed.] about the party flag. (picture only).

"The PLP logo is an original design for a new flag by Klaas Woldring Media Officer of the PLP. The proposed flag symbolically depicts the dawn of a new Republic with rays emerging from the sun in the left hand bottom corner.

The colours of the fields unfolding from that corner are, from left to right: blue, white. red, black, white and green.

The colours represent existing flags: the current Australian flag (blue, red and white), the Aboriginal flag (red, black and gold), the Australian Sport Flag (green and gold) The Green colour also represents the environment and rural Australia. The Southern Cross is maintained in the blue field and it being close to the flag pole can easily be seen. The PLP regards the Southern Cross as a most significant symbol in the struggle for democratic rights and values adopted by Peter Lalor at the time of the miner's revolt at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat in 1854."

However, I am still not sure is this just a proposal or de facto PLP flag.
Valentin Poposki, 25 December 2006

Although it is not clear, my first impression when I read the text is that the flag, as well as being the party logo, is a proposed new national flag for Australia. I have definitely seen worse proposals.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

United Patriots Front

[UPF flag] image by Miles Li, 31 May 2015

There was a protest and counter-protest in Melbourne, Australia earlier today ( in which a far-right group known as the United Patriots Front flew a number of flags blazoned as "Or, on a Canadian pale Vert, five stars (four of seven points, one of five points) Or, representing the Southern Cross."

Since the group also flew the Australian National Flags, this green-and-gold design is unlikely to be a proposal for a new Australian flag, but rather a symbol of the group concerned.
Miles Li, 31 May 2015

A similar flag at is promoted as a potential national flag.

A flag with reversed colours at was also submitted in a flag competition.
Tomislav Todorovic, 31 May 2015

The United Patriots Front also uses yellow flags charged with green stars of the Southern Cross. The stars are larger than those from the national flag, although their shapes are generally the same. The ratio is less oblong than that of the national flag and the previously repeated movement flag, being about 2:3. The flags were used at the rally in Bendigo, Victoria on 2015-08-31:

[UPF flag] image by Miles Li, 17 December 2015

Image of described flag; derived from the SVG image of the Australian national flag detail (Southern Cross) from Wikipedia:
Tomislav Todorovic, 17 December 2015

[UPF flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 19 March 2023

Another flag of the United Patriots Front displays a complex emblem on a gold field. The emblem consists of three green triangles, arranged so as to resemble a broad arrow, within a green ring; the bottom part of the central triangle is charged with the Southern Cross in gold. The broad arrow must have been chosen due to its official use in England, later in Great Britain and the United Kingdom and subsequently in Australia [1]. The flag was seen during the rallies in Canberra on 2016-02-06 [2, 3], in Bendigo, Victoria on 2016-02-24 [4, 5] and in Coburg, Victoria on 2016-05-28 [6], where it was used together with the triband flags [7]. A close-up photo of the flag, with a good view of the Southern Cross, was published on 2017-07-29 [8], but must have been taken earlier.

[1] Broad arrow at Wikipedia:
[2] Alamy photo archive - Photo from Canberra on 2016-02-06:
[3] Alamy photo archive - Photo from Canberra on 2016-02-06:
[4] Nine News website:
[5] Australian Broadcasting Corporation website:
[6] Melbourne Antifascist Info at Facebook - Photo posted on 2016-05-28:
[7] Melbourne Antifascist Info at Facebook - Photo posted on 2016-05-28:
[8] Pedestrian website:

Tomislav Todorovic, 19 March 2023

During the 1820s, convict clothing in Australia was supplied by the Board of Ordnance, marked with the broad arrow denoting government property. In modern day Australia some people have 'reclaimed' their convict ancestry and/or heritage, sometimes with the connotation of a white settler 'rebel' national identity; the use of the broad arrow by UPF Australia is part of this 'reclaimed' heritage.

Miles Li, 20 March 2023

[UPF flag] image by Tomislav Todorovic, 19 March 2023

A completely different design displays the initials UPF in white, fimbriated black, on red field [1, 2]. The shade of red is the same as used in the national flag and ensigns. The letters usually have a "worn-out" look, with cracks in white areas through which the black color is seen [3, 4]. The flags must have been created intentionally as such, for a tendency has been observed to manufacture the flags which are supposed to look older than they really are, especially with the designs which are targeted at the far-rightist users (not reproduced in the presented image as not all the details are visible). The currently known photos of this flag [1, 2, 3, 4] all seem to have been taken at the August 2015 rally in Bendigo, Victoria.

[1] The Courier-Mail newspaper website:
[2] The Examiner newspaper website:
[3] The Courier-Mail newspaper website:
[4] The Guardian newspaper website:

Tomislav Todorovic, 19 March 2023

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