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.



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