Indigenous flag designer says idea to police the authenticity of Aboriginal art is ‘repugnant’

The designer of the flag has lambasted an idea to the authenticity of and Torres Strait Islander art, believing it to be steeped in “”.

The Federal Government is currently undertaking an inquiry that aims to prevent exploitation of Indigenous culture through the proliferation of “inauthentic” art and artefacts.

But although many Indigenous art groups were in favour of more regulation, believed that setting out a definition of what was “authentic” would place in a vacuum, unable to draw on modern influences and under a “repugnant” level of cultural control.

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