In the yard out the front of the small charity organisation called Family Support Newcastle I noticed something peculiar. Something concerned me. There was a flag pole with two coloured flags waving in the wind. One was the aboriginal flag, black, red and yellow. The other was the Torres Strait Islander flag, its mix of blue green and white, so easy on the eye. But there was something missing.
I had driven past the old brick building with its flags flying proudly more than one-hundred times in six months, and nothing changed. There was no Australian flag. It tore at me. Who were these people?
I did some research and found that Family Support Newcastle was a charity whose mission statement claims they promote, “. . . healthy, resilient children and young people growing in flourishing families in just and strong communities.” They achieve this goal by, “. . . providing services which promote the well-being of children and their families, individuals and communities. We particularly aim to reach those who experience ongoing hardship.”
As is often the case with charities, the means of achieving a goal or mission is immeasurable. In today’s gender fluid world, what promotes the well being of the child is quite subjective. I wouldn’t let my child watch the ABC, others might think that weirdos pushing white guilt and other left-wing philosophies is healthy.
Anyway, as it had gnawed away at me, I decided to fire off an email. I told whoever was in charge at Family Support Newcastle that I had an Australian flag and I would happily give it to them to fly proudly with the aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags already present.
More than a week later I received a reply from a woman claiming to be the CEO of Family Support Newcastle. She said words to the effect that aboriginals were offended by the flag and would not seek help from the charity if they saw it.
Personally I don’t believe this is true. I know there is a lot of racism in aboriginal communities but those needing help and those that are actually willing to ask someone for help wouldn’t give a damn about what flag is flying in the yard.
The facts are, Family Support Newcastle took $1.85 million in Australian taxpayer funds in the last year. They also received donations from private companies including Microsoft. All this and they couldn’t fly an Australian flag.
If this story does nothing else it should trigger closer monitoring of charities and their activities. If charities are willing to take money off Australians who have no choice but to give to that ‘charity’ due to the fact that their government sees some kind of social benefit from our doing so, the least those charities could do is fly the flag that represents all of us.