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What does a ‘freed’ Aboriginal flag mean for retail?

Clothing the Gap co-founders Laura Thompson and Sianna Catullo (L-R). Image: Supplied
When Clothing the Gaps co-founder Laura Thompson heard the news last week that the Australian government had purchased the copyright for the Aboriginal flag and would make it free for all Australians to use, she popped a bottle of champagne. “My phone was ringing like crazy,” Thompson told Inside Retail. “The excitement about the flag being freed was shared amongst not just my staff and close friends, but so many other people.” Thompson, a Gunditjmara woman, had good reason to celebrate.