After three years of infringement notices to sporting organisations and non-for-profit groups who used the aboriginal flag in designs, the Federal Government have paid $20.5 million dollars for the copyright.
It's a significant price to pay when compared to the competition prize of 25 Australian pounds paid for the design of the Australian flag in 1901.
The deal also requires:
- The government to provide $100,000 a year worth of scholarships for Indigenous students in the designers honour;
- All commonwealth royalties from flag sales will be put towards the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.
The question is whether you think this gesture will help close the gap?