Winston tells Australia to ‘jack off’

Winston Peters has had a sledge at Aussies too, telling them to change their flag: Quote:

Winston Peters has upped the ante in the war of words with Australia, accusing our trans-Tasman neighbours of copying the New Zealand flag and demanding they change theirs.

The acting prime minister told TVNZ that Australia should change the flag they’ve been using for more than six decades.

Peters caused the stir on morning television when questioned about the consistency of his views.

The New Zealand flag was adopted on March 24, 1902, followed by Australia’s adoption on April 14, 1954 – more than 50 years later.

“We had a flag that we’ve had for a long time, copied by Australia, and they should actually change their flag and honour the fact that we got there first with this design, being decided by a Prime Minister and his legacy,” Peters told TVNZ.

The two flags are often confused due to their similarity. End quote.

It seems Winston has history on his side:

National flags

New Zealand

  • adopted the flag on 12 March 1902
  • features the Union Jack and four red stars with white borders
  • designed by First Lieutenant of Royal Navy vessel Blanche, Albert Hastings Markham, after his submission in 1869

Australia

  • adopted the flag on 14 April 1954
  • features the Union Jack and Southern Cross with white stars
  • followed the original design chosen in 1901 after a competition

There is a song that supports Winston’s proposition too:

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