The double cross of the Union Flag (1788) made way for the jumping Jack of further union (1801). Did Menzies prefer the Blue Ensign (1950) because of his aversion to Reds? I see the background as Admiral Blue, for the men who decided to discover and then secure from afar a land they never saw, never never never being slaves. The Southern Cross (approximately 10-20 million years old) rises to the occasion each nightfall, just after flags are taken down. Bruces, battlers, barrackers, bogans, become instant vexillologists every twenty-sixth of January, before debate flags, folds, and moves on to politics.