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Why flags at half-mast?

By 23 September 2011 11

half mast flag

On my way to work this morning I noticed flags at half-mast on Civic hill and some around the parliamentary triangle.

Did someone die?  Am I missing something obvious (looks at calendar).

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11 Responses to
Why flags at half-mast?
Sammy 9:39 am
23 Sep 11
#1

Perhaps for former Howard minister Jull who died Tuesday? His funeral is today in Brisbane.

s-s-a 9:47 am
23 Sep 11
#2

Yup more info here

FYI Googling “Commonwealth flag 23 september 2011″ got me the answer

pink little birdie 9:49 am
23 Sep 11
#3

Could be for Dr Peter Sharp AM – The medical director of Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service.

pink little birdie 9:51 am
23 Sep 11
#4

your google link is for the Australian Flag not the ACT flag.

johnboy 9:53 am
23 Sep 11
#5

my understanding is we just follow the federales on these things.

Buzz2600 10:18 am
23 Sep 11
#6

Thanks – I was wondering the same this morning on the way to work. I note that the flags I saw weren’t actually at half mast – more like 3/4 mast. Is this protocol or just someone with poor spacial skills and/or a half-arsed attitude to these things?

cantanga 10:43 am
23 Sep 11
#7

Buzz2600 said :

Thanks – I was wondering the same this morning on the way to work.

I note that the flags I saw weren’t actually at half mast – more like 3/4 mast. Is this protocol or just someone with poor spacial skills and/or a half-arsed attitude to these things?

according to http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au which has the say in flag usage and flying protocols

The half-mast position will depend on the size of the flag and the length of the flagpole. The flag must be lowered to a position recognisably half-mast to avoid the appearance of a flag which has accidentally fallen away from the top of the flagpole. An acceptable position would be when the top of the flag is a third of the distance down from the top of the flagpole.

So provided it doesn’t look like it has slipped a little it’s fine

arb 10:53 am
23 Sep 11
#8

Buzz2600 said :

Thanks – I was wondering the same this morning on the way to work.

I note that the flags I saw weren’t actually at half mast – more like 3/4 mast. Is this protocol or just someone with poor spacial skills and/or a half-arsed attitude to these things?

Advice given for NSW departments is always:

Advice for flying of flags at half-mast is that the flag should be lowered sufficiently to allow space for an imaginary flag to fly above the lowered flag

Unsure if the feds follow the same rules

braddonboy 11:21 am
23 Sep 11
#9

johnboy said :

my understanding is we just follow the federales on these things.

This from from the Commonwealth Flag Officer:

“As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Friday 23 September 2011 in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations in the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland are welcome to participate.”

You 11:25 am
23 Sep 11
#10

Did he died?

trevar 11:28 am
23 Sep 11
#11

It’s for the dollar.

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