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What on earth is happening with the Aboriginal flag?

August 22, 2019

DESPITE being a regional Queensland Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) IWC has been forced to pay out thousands of dollars in royalties for using the Aboriginal flag on its free Indigenous health check shirts.


For the cost of each shirt bought by registered charity Indigenous Wellbeing Centre (IWC) to give away, a royalty of 20% plus GST has had to be paid out to the new owner of the flag’s copyright, WAM Clothing.


IWC works in one of the most disadvantaged regions of Australia to improve health and wellbeing of communities.


The blow comes after WAM Clothing, a newly formed and non-Indigenous company, gained exclusive rights to reproduce the Aboriginal flag on clothing from its designer, Luritja artist Harold Thomas. Thomas designed the flag in 1971.


The news hit the media several months ago, with WAM Clothing reportedly sending several “cease and desi