Mere Minutiae

By Brendan Jones

Published as a Letter to the Editor in the Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 1996. This letter was accompanied by a Tandberg cartoon.

I was astonished by the strength with which your correspondents (Letters, August 7) expressed their "embarassment" with the symbols chosen to portray Australia in the Olympic handover to Sydney.

Where is their outrage and vitriol when it comes to a greater and far more significant embarassment - one quarter of our national flag being devoted to the flag of another nation?

Rubber 'roos and cockatoos are mere minutiae. Let's start dealing with the real issues of how Australia should symbolise itself in 2000.