Yellow Flag

May 10, 2017

I rise to congratulate the Charles Sturt council on its recent decision to allow the South Australian Vietnamese community to fly the Heritage and Freedom flag, also known as the yellow flag, at culturally significant occasions—most notably, Tet festivals. The Port Adelaide electorate is blessed with a very large Vietnamese-Australian community. Many thousands of them over the last four decades have built an important and welcome place in our society. They obviously retain a deep spiritual connection to Vietnamese culture and their homeland, a connection that is recognised and signified by the yellow flag and its important cultural and historical significance. Flying that flag demonstrates our respect for that cultural attachment to their homeland. This decision does not, of course, detract from Australia's longstanding recognition of the national flag of Vietnam, but it comes after a number of discussions that I had with the Vietnamese community, particularly officers of the association—the president, Mr Tin Le, and the vice presidents, Mr Toan Ho and Mr Paul Avina.

I want to congratulate the association for the hard work that they have done gathering together a petition to lobby the councils in the Port Adelaide electorate to be able to fly this flag. As a dear friend of the Vietnamese Australian community and the son of a Vietnam veteran, I am delighted we can show our recognition of the importance of this community in South Australian society.