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Labor seeks apology for Long flag ban

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 2 December 2004

Labor's Parliamentary Secretary for Indigenous Affairs has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives to apologise to Michael Long over an incident involving the removal of an Aboriginal flag.

Warren Snowdon says parliamentary security today forced Long to remove an Aboriginal flag he was having his photo taken with outside Parliament House.

He says the action was inappropriate on the day before the former AFL star is due to meet Prime Minister John Howard to discuss Indigenous affairs.

"The Aboriginal flag is an official flag. It comes under the Flags Act. It can be flown above every public building in Australia," he said.

"He's told he can't show it. He's not demonstrating anything. All he's doing is getting his photo taken in front of Parliament House.

"There's no threat to anyone and some clown says he can't have his photo taken with an Aboriginal flag."

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