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SSC Newspaper : SS9 February 2011
An Emperor Nautilus found in the Coral Sea. NEEDS BETTER DESIGN “Before they change it, they ’re going to have to come up with a better design. They don’t have to re-design it and most of the new designs are absolutely horrible. If the government had declared a republic, then I would vote yes at a referendum to changing the flag.” Joseph Tomala NOT THAT BAD “I think the flag is alright. It’s not that bad. I think the same with the anthem. It shouldn’t change because it is fine the way it is.” Deepak Lamichhane DON’T GET THE HYPE “It’s alright. I don’t think the flag should change and I don’t understand why there is such a hype about changing it.” Patrick Gul FINE AS IT IS “I don’t really have an opinion about it but in all honesty, it’s fine the way it is. It doesn’t really affect me so I think we should just leave it.” Daksh Malik A BETTER CHOICE? “ The thing is, having part of the British flag is fine because that’s what Australia is. I don’t think we should have something like the Aboriginal flag as our national flag. But I don’t think to the international community any other flag would be very appealing. If we did have a referendum and we had some choice, I would vote to change the flag but only if there was a better choice.” Dilip Rai DON’T NEED TO CHANGE “ The flag looks good and the colours shouldn’t change. I don’t know why people should think we should change it. People all over the world know the Australian flag the way it is so we don’t need to change it. If a debate came up about my own flag [the Indian flag], I’d have the same opinion.” Shraran Bandi REPUBLIC A TRIGGER “ We need to have a reasonable choice if we’re going to change. Until we get a clear idea whether we’re going to become a republic, nothing is going to change. Eventually we will become a republic, and on that day, we’ ll change the flag. But I don’t understand the hype about it because there are much bigger problems in the world at the moment.” Frank Boyle KEEP TRADITION GOING “IliketheflagthewayitisandI would want to keep it. It’s been around for such a long time and we should keep the tradition going. It would be cool, if we became a republic to change the flag but it would have to be an interesting design.” Marzana Marosn FEBRuaRy 2011 8 Strathfield Scene opinion “We need to have a reasonable choice if we’re going to change the flag.” – Frank Boyle . SomE PEoPlE say the second-most important job in Australia is that of the Australian Cricket Captain. Such is the standing of cricket in popular culture in Australia there are those who will argue that it is the most important job. Three of our former prime ministers - menzies, Hawke and Howard - had an abiding passion for the game and all freely admitted they would have been happy to forego any political achievements for an op- portunity to don the ‘baggy green’ cap. Not only is cricket Australia’s truly national sport, its place in Australia’s culture sometimes transcends sport, becoming a barometer of Australia’s economic and social standing. Bradman’s batting exploits were a constant source of pride and enjoyment for most Aus- tralians during the dark days of the Depression. The big names in the game have become popular icons of sport and culture: Bradman, Benaud, Chap- pell, Ponting are recognised even by those who have no particular interest in cricket. All of these greats, and those not so great, start their cricket somewhere, usually at the grassroots level, on Saturday mornings with age competitions, then to dis- trict representations, through to grade and eventually first-class cricket for the very talented few. our local Strathfield Cricket Club provides a familiar path for local young cricketers who have similar dreams and ambitions to their cricketing heroes. Beginning with an In2Cricket programme for 5 to 8-year-olds, youngsters graduate to competitions from ages 9 to 16 before embarking on their senior cricketing careers. Numbers have been growing steadily in our junior ranks of youngsters whose parents emigrated from India, Pakistan, Sri lanka or Bangladesh, and are particularly from the Homebush area. originating from subcontinental countries with the same strong cricket culture as ours, they have a passion for the game. With the healthy number of youngsters of a subcon- tinental background in the local district and the passion for the game it is probably only a matter of time before Australia will be represented by more players with a background from the Indian subcontinent. It may be that many more will follow in the path of Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja, recently chosen to play cricket for Australia. let’s hope so. In the meantime, Strathfield’s youngsters will don their creams and chase their dreams each Saturday in the hope of emulating the feats of their heroes and add- ing to the traditions of the grand old game. The current season is well underway but for those in- terested in joining Strathfield Cricket Club in 2011/12 the club will be accepting junior registrations for 5- to 16-year-olds in July 2011. Anyone interested should visit the club’s website www.strathfieldcricketclub.com.au for specific details. DAryl CHAPPEloW, President of the Strathfield Cricket Club. contact us Send your letters and comments to email@example.com Marzana Marosn Dilip Rai Is cricket is still cool? Stratty Soapbox Flying the Flag – but which one? Reporter Bernadette Chua asks residents what they feel about changing the design of the Australian flag. Your saY: Mark Spencer OUR CORAL SEA: OUR OCEAN PARADISE A 25-piece photo exhibition showing at the Centre Court, Westfield Burwood, from Monday 28 February till Sunday 6 March 2011, in support of a call for a world- class marine park protecting the Coral Sea.