Socialists selling flag-burning kits
A socialist youth organisation in Australia wants university students flag-burning kits next week. The kits, containing an Australian flag, a lighter, a fire-lighting cube and socialist pamphlets, will be sold at university orientation week for $5 each.
Numerous groups and individuals in Australia in recent months have called for the punishment of flag burning. Prime Minister John Howard, however, has resisted such efforts, saying:
- "I don't believe you should have a law making it a criminal offence to burn the Australian flag - much in all as I love and revere that flag,"