AusFlag: A New Australian Flag

Creator: Ausflag is an apolitical, non-profit organisation.

Purpose: The AusFlag manifesto aims to secure the popular support of the Australian people for the adoption of a truly Australian flag, anthem and colours.


Ausflag: A New Australian Flag


Ausflag the Organization and the history of the Australian flag

Wikipedia and the Australian Flag Debate




Australian Flag

Creator: The Australian Flag design was the result of a national competition in 1901. Five people submitted similar designs and were all declared equal designers.

Purpose: The flag competition was commissioned shortly after the federation of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and is a public identity symbol of this country.

Icon Manifesto

Australian Flag


A Wikipedia background to the Australian Flag

A deeper history of the Australian Flag

Gerald Holtom: Peace Symbol

Creator: British designer Gerald Holtom, created the Peace Symbol in 1958.

Purpose: This image was originally designed to represent the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The design is an iconic version of the flag semaphore alphabet for the letters ‘N’ and ‘D’ representing Nuclear Disarmament.

Icon Manifesto




The story behind the Peace Symbol design at Wikipedia

Wikipedia and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Les Miserables: Do You Hear the People Sing?

Creator: French composer Claude-Michel Schonberg created the song as part of the musical Les Miserables.

Purpose: The story is based on the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and the song reflects the desire to spark the French Revolution.

Song Manifesto

Les Miserable Song manifestoDo You Hear the People Sing?

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!


Wikipedia and Songs from Les Miserables

Wikipedia and Les Miserables

YouTube Song Video:

Rousing alternative YouTube Video with slightly different lyrics to above:

Thanks to Bill Jennings for suggesting this one


The Euston Manifesto

The Euston Manifesto Launch

Creator: Norman Geras, Damian Counsell, Alan Johnson, Shalom Lappin and 2844 others in 2006.

Purpose: “For a Renewal of Progressive Politics.”

The Euston Manifesto

The Manifesto consists of four sections:

1. Preamble

2. Statement of Principles

3. Elaborations

4. Conclusion

The following are the headings in the Statement of Principles Section:

1. For democracy

2. No apology for tyranny

3. Human rights for all

4. Equality

5. Development for freedom

6. Opposing anti-Americanism

7. For a two-state solution

8. Against racism

9. United against terror

10. A new internationalism

11. A critical openness

12. Historical truth

13. Freedom of ideas

14. Open source

15. A precious heritage


Complete Manifesto:


Photo: The launch of the Euston Manifesto

The October Manifesto

The October Manifesto

Creator: Written by Sergei Witte and Alexis Obolenski in early October 1905 and presented to Tsar Nicholas 11 of Russia on 17 October 1905.

Purpose: It was written as a response to the Russian Revolution of 1905. Later, it became the precursor for the first ever Russian Constitution.

The Manifesto on the Improvement of the State Order


We require the government dutifully to execute our unshakeable will:

(1.) To grant to the population the essential foundations of civil freedom, based on the principles of genuine inviolability of the person, freedom of conscience, speech, assembly and association.

(2.) Without postponing the scheduled elections to the State Duma, to admit to participation in the duma (insofar as possible in the short time that remains before it is scheduled to convene) of all those classes of the population that now are completely deprived of voting rights; and to leave the further development of a general statute on elections to the future legislative order.

(3.) To establish as an unbreakable rule that no law shall take effect without confirmation by the State Duma and that the elected representatives of the people shall be guaranteed the opportunity to participate in the supervision of the legality of the actions of Our appointed officials.

We summon all loyal sons of Russia to remember their duties toward their country, to assist in terminating the unprecedented unrest now prevailing, and together with Us to make every effort to restore peace and tranquility to Our native land.



Full Text:


Woodland Trust: The Forest Manifesto

Woodland Trust: The Forest Manifesto

Creator: Woodland Trust is a UK based organisation with a vision to see a country rich in native woods and trees enjoyed and valued by everyone

Purpose: This manifesto is to tell the Government what is needed to manage England’s forest and drum up public support to make it happen.

The Forest Manifesto

• Our ancient woods are fully protected

• New woods are created to provide a complete life support system for people and wildlife

• Public support for trees and woods inspires a new connection with the natural world.

Our objectives:

• New and strengthened forms of protection for ancient woodland (it’s astounding that there are no protective legal designations to prevent damage and development for 85% of this irreplaceable habitat, our equivalent of the rainforests)

• A government commitment to restore all 35,000 hectares of planted ancient woods in their ownership (their restoration would be one of the most important contributions to nature conservation in England)

• A government commitment to woodland creation and a target of 15,000ha per annum in the Natural Environment White Paper (planting rates in England declined from 6,500ha in 1992 to just 2,300ha in 2010 and with only 8% of England covered by forests, we are almost at the bottom of the European league table on forest cover)

• Every child should have the chance to plant a tree as part of their education.


Reference Article and source of Manifesto pdf:

Organization website:

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber Manifesto

Creator: John ‘Ted’ Kaczynski is also known as the Unabomber is most famous for engaging in a mail bombing campaign in the US from 1978 to 1995.

Purpose: The Unabomber Manifesto is titled ‘Industrial Society and its Future’ and it speaks to the “erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organisation.” (Wikipedia)

The Unabomber Manifesto


(Opening Sentence only of the Five Points in the Introduction)

1 The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.

2 The industrial-technological system may survive or it may break down.

3 If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful.

4 We therefore advocate a revolution against the industrial system.

5 In this article we give attention to only some of the negative developments that have grown out of the industrial-technological system.

The Manifesto contains 232 Points in Total

Here are the headings within the Manifesto

  • The psychology of modern leftism
  • Feelings of inferiority
  • Oversocialization
  • The power process
  • Surrogate activities
  • Autonomy
  • Sources of social problems
  • Disruption of the power process in modern society
  • How some people adjust
  • The motives of scientists
  • The nature of freedom
  • Some principles of history
  • Industrial-technological society cannot be reformed
  • Restriction of freedom is unavoidable in industrial society
  • The ‘bad’ parts of technology cannot be separated from the ‘good’ parts
  • Technology is a more powerful social force than the aspiration for freedom
  • Simpler social problems have proved intractable
  • Revolution is easier than reform
  • Control of human behavior
  • Human race at a crossroads
  • Human suffering
  • The future
  • Strategy
  • Two kinds of technology
  • The danger of leftism
  • Final note


Complete Manifesto:

About Ted Kaczynski:


John Schumann: I Was Only 19

Vietnam War - I Was Only 19

Creator: John Schumann, songwriter and member of Australian folk-rock band Redgum. The song was recorded in 1983.

Purpose: To draw attention to the experience of Australian soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War.


I Was Only 19 (A Walk in the Light Green) John Schumann: Universal Music Publishing Pty Ltd

Mum and Dad and Denny saw the passing out parade at Puckapunyal,

(It was long march from cadets).

The Sixth Battalion was the next to tour and it was me who drew the card…

We did Canungra and Shoalwater before we left.


And Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay;

This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean;

And there’s me in my slouch hat, with my SLR and greens…

God help me, I was only nineteen.


From Vung Tau riding Chinooks to the dust at Nui Dat,

I’d been in and out of choppers now for months.

But we made our tents a home, VB and pin-ups on the lockers,

and an Asian orange sunset through the scrub.


And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?

And night time’s just a jungle dark and a barking M16?

And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?

God help me, I was only nineteen.


A four week operation, when each step could mean your last one on two legs:

it was a war within yourself.

But you wouldn’t let your mates down ’til they had you dusted off,

so you closed your eyes and thought about something else.


Then someone yelled out “Contact”‘, and the bloke behind me swore.

We hooked in there for hours, then a God almighty roar;

Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon:

– God help me, he was going home in June.


I can still see Frankie, drinking tinnies in the Grand Hotel

on a thirty-six hour rec.leave in Vung Tau.

And I can still hear Frankie lying screaming in the jungle.

‘Till the morphine came and killed the bloody row


And the Anzac legends didn’t mention mud and blood and tears,

and stories that my father told me never seemed quite real

I caught some pieces in my back that I didn’t even feel…

God help me, I was only nineteen.


And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can’t get to sleep?

And why the Channel Seven chopper chills me to my feet?

And what’s this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?

God help me, I was only nineteen.

Recorded under Redgum’s name in 1983 but from Redgum only Hugh McDonald and John Schumann performed on the track. Other instruments were played by Brian Czempinski, Trevor Lucas and Peter Coughlin.


John Schumann’s website and lyrics:

The story behind the song:

Song Promo Video:

Image: Australian Soldiers at Nui Dat,

Manifestos for Publicity Officer

Manifestos For Publicity Officer

Creator: Amyrose Dempsey and Csilla Merenyi, candidates for Publicity Officer at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union Film and Photo Society

Purpose: An election manifesto declaring why one should vote for me!

Manifestos for Publicity Officer

Amyrose Dempsey and Csilla Merenyi are running for Publicity Officer.

Amyrose Dempsey’s manifesto:

My name is Amyrose Dempsey and i am a second year fine art student, and i belong to many societies including this one. I would like to put myself forward for publicity officer because i am very interested in publicity, and i love this society so it goes hand in hand really.

I feel that i would do a great job and i would have so much fun doing it. I would like to do many things to promote the society. I would like to promote via Pugwash, with small inserts about the society and what we get upto, also i would like to arrange an exhibition so that we can show portsmouth what we can do!!

This year i was Head of Design for Pugwash magazine, publicity officer for Pagan society and vice president of MIG soc. Whilst publicity officer of Pagan society, i liased with all of the other faith societies and helped arrange the faith mixer, along with integrating meetings with them all. Holding these positions helped me make friends, and also helped me step outside the box, it was a new experience that i enjoyed and i would like to enjoy again.

I think you should vote for me because i would do a great job, i love to get involved and i would love for you guys to give me a chance.


Csilla Merenyi’s manifesto:

I’m a Psychology student at the University of Portsmouth and I’m very keen on amateur photography.

My wish is to become a Publicity Officer at the university’s PhotoSoc as I really have enjoyed my first year being a part of this group and I wouldn’t want the society to stop running. I have many ideas how our society could be advertised and I also know why people would be interested in joining us – photography helps you not only to capture your best moments but also to learn more about technology or even art. Many people are lurking around university focusing only on their studies or being lost as a fresher and I would love to reach out to them offering this creative way to make new friends.

As a ’psychologist’ I would definitely bring my knowledge of connecting people to the society. I love spotting the ‘outcasts’ and engaging in conversations with them so they would feel more confident to join group activities.

I haven’t got any experience in advertising but I have been fortunate enough to be on Hungarian television twice as a child. My most recent job was to work as a cashier during the summer of 2009 which was a result of being a waitress at the same tea house during the summer of 2008 in Hungary. In 2007, I worked as a marketing assisstant during the summer holiday, which helped me to develop cooperational skills and let experience life in a real office environment.

People should vote for me because I tend to be very creative and passionate when I feel that someone is counting on me; when I feel I have the power to change things for the better. I think communication is a key to any kind of progress in life and I enjoy every kinds of it from a casual chat with mates to sending a message through a metaphor in literature or art. I think advertising the Film and Photo Society would be the greatest way to connect like-minded people.