Recommendation 1

The committee recommends that the Commonwealth government does not compulsorily acquire the copyright for the Aboriginal flag under section 51(xxxi) of the Australian Constitution.

Recommendation 2

The committee recommends that, in the negotiations underway with Mr Harold Thomas and the current licensees, the Commonwealth government aims to achieve a model for the future use of the Aboriginal flag by members of the community that is independent from government, that involves and consults with Aboriginal people, and that ensures that the body selected bears responsibility for:
maintaining the integrity of the Aboriginal flag;
upholding the dignity of the Aboriginal flag; and
making decisions about the Aboriginal flag's use.
Subject to the rights of Mr Thomas, a parliamentary committee may be of assistance in framing the structure of a body that could have custodial oversight of the Australian Aboriginal Flag.

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