Flag burning democracy in action
NEVILLE Tickner served in the Australian Army during the Vietnam War and considers himself a proud Australian.
But he said flag burning kits being sold at universities demonstrated what a democracy should be about.
"As Gandhi once put it: democracy is not a state in which people act like sheep,'' said Mr Tickner, a 60-year-old life subscriber of the RSL.
Mr Tickner served in the military for nine years and was in Vietnam from 1967-68.
He said he can understand why many ex-servicemen would condemn the kits.
"And they have the right to be upset,'' Mr Tickner said.
A socialist youth organisation called Resistance began the controversy with kits containing an Australian flag, a lighter, a fire-lighting cube, resistance pamphlets which sell for $5.
The kits are intended to provoke debate and discussion. CQU Student Association president Brendan Kirkman said they would not sell the kits.