Flagging fortunes fall again as someone pinches Pete's pole

The missing flagpole
The missing flagpole Cade Mooney

A FEDERAL Police investigation involving Member for Fisher Peter Slipper has gone to new heights.

A flagpole and a large Australian flag have disappeared from their prominent position at the front of Mr Slipper's office in the Cartwright Centre, on the corner of Nicklin Way and Point Cartwright Dr at Buddina.

Police, who began investigating the missing pole four weeks ago, believe it was stolen during the night.

THE eight-metre aluminium pole was secured to the ground by thick bolts.

Its replacement is expected to cost the Commonwealth $4000.

It was part of the fit-out of the new office in December, 2009.

Queensland Police could not shed any light on how the structure might have been removed.

Kawana RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Rob Hunt believes someone took the flag and pole as an attack on Mr Slipper.

"I understand Mr Slipper has been in a bit of trouble lately and maybe someone was just trying to get back at him," Mr Hunt said.

"There is certainly no need for someone to steal the Australian flag.

"It is absolutely dreadful and quite disrespectful."

The flag is believed to measure 3.6 by 1.8 metres.

It was believed to be Mr Slipper's pride and joy.

Mr Slipper has become known for his avid distribution of flags to schools and community groups and has handed out Australian flag booklets to his constituents.

His office did not take up the Daily's request for comment.

Mr Hunt said flying the Australian flag was considered a proud tradition.

"You only see the odd flag flown here and there," he said.

"More should be flying the flag in respect of our lost and fallen.

"That this flag has been stolen is quite sad."


  • The flag should not normally be flown in a position inferior to that of any other flag or ensign.
  • The flag should not be smaller than that of any other flag or ensign.
  • The flag should be raised no earlier than the first light and should be lowered no later than dusk.

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