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If party flags for the major Australian political parties exist then they are not often used, although their logos often include or are based on flags.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

The Nationals

The Australian Country Party was formed in 1920. In 1975, it became the National Country Party, and in 1982, simply the National Party of Australia. Since 2003, the name "The Nationals" has been used, rather than the official name.

It is in some sense the third party in Australian politics. At the federal level, it operates in Coalition with the Liberal Party, in government and opposition, standing candidates generally in rural areas, while the Liberal Party stands in the cities. At state level, arrangements vary. In some states (e.g. NSW), the same coalition exists, while in others such as WA the party acts independently of the Liberals, and considered forming government with the Labor Party. In contrast, in Queensland, the state branches of hte National and Liberal Parties have just merged.

In contrast to my comments in 2006, last night on the news I saw a flag of The Nationals, on display at a meeting of their federal committee. The flag is the same as their logo, with a green background and the word "NATIONALS" in yellow block capitals. To the left of the first N, the word "THE" appears in smaller letters, reading from top to bottom.
Jonathan Dixon, 25 October 2008

Liberal Party

The logo of the Liberal Party includes the Australian national flag as the corner of an 'L' shape including two other blue flag-shapes.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Country Liberal Party

The logo of the Country Liberal Party, which operates only in the Northern Territory, includes the territory's flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Australian Labor Party

The logo of the Australian Labor Party is clearly intended to resemble Australian national flag, in red, white and blue with the stars on the blue background in vaguely the right positions.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006

Progressive Labour Party

PLP logo
[PLP logo and proposed national flag] image by António Martins, 18 Jan 2007

I just found a flag on the Progressive Labour Party website. There is separate page [now a dead link, archived here - ed.] about the party flag. (picture only).

"The PLP logo is an original design for a new flag by Klaas Woldring Media Officer of the PLP. The proposed flag symbolically depicts the dawn of a new Republic with rays emerging from the sun in the left hand bottom corner.

The colours of the fields unfolding from that corner are, from left to right: blue, white. red, black, white and green.

The colours represent existing flags: the current Australian flag (blue, red and white), the Aboriginal flag (red, black and gold), the Australian Sport Flag (green and gold) The Green colour also represents the environment and rural Australia. The Southern Cross is maintained in the blue field and it being close to the flag pole can easily be seen. The PLP regards the Southern Cross as a most significant symbol in the struggle for democratic rights and values adopted by Peter Lalor at the time of the miner's revolt at the Eureka Stockade in Ballarat in 1854."

However, I am still not sure is this just a proposal or de facto PLP flag.
Valentin Poposki, 25 December 2006

Although it is not clear, my first impression when I read the text is that the flag, as well as being the party logo, is a proposed new national flag for Australi. I have definitely seen worse proposals.
Jonathan Dixon, 26 December 2006