Brisbane couple flying Aboriginal flag give defiant message to vandal


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A Brisbane gay couple whose Aboriginal flag was cut down and stolen from their front yard have vowed to replace it as many times as it’s removed.

Brad, who has First Nations ancestry, raised the Aboriginal flag outside his and partner Nick’s home in western Brisbane two weeks ago.

Brad told ABC Radio Brisbane they found the flag rope had been cut and the flag removed from its pole sometime on Tuesday night.

He said finding the flag stolen the next day was “really confronting” for them.

“It took a while to really come to terms [with] that,” he said.

“There had to be someone who had some kind of racial motivation towards cutting it down.

“And purely that’s our assumption. We can’t prove that.

“But especially in NAIDOC Week I find it quite disgusting behaviour.”

He said they will “not hesitate” to replace the missing Aboriginal flag no matter how many times it’s taken down.

“We’ll put up another one. And we’ll keep putting them up,” he said.

Couple say they’ll replace Aboriginal flag no matter how many times it’s removed

The couple shared the incident on social media and said they’ve been “overwhelmed” with messages of support.

“It goes to show that it is just a minority of people,” Brad told ABC Radio.

“The majority of us out there are more welcoming and accepting [and] proud of our First Nations history in this country.”

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It’s running from July 4 to 11 this year.

This year’s theme is “Heal Country” to call for “stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects” of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

Jordan Hirst is an experienced journalist and content creator with a career spanning over a decade at QNews. Since 2012, the Brisbane local has covered an enormous range of topics and subjects in-depth affecting the LGBTIQA+ community, both in Australia and overseas. Today, the Brisbane-based journalist covers everything from current affairs, politics and health to sport and entertainment.

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