The Australia First Party will not be able to use the Eureka flag as its logo on ballot papers in the federal election on July 2.
Their application was ineligible because it had not been advertised for 30 days as required by law. However, the application will be considered again in 100 days' time, well after voters head to the ballot box.
Many in the community think the flag should not be officially linked to any political party. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said: “The Eureka flag is a flag of freedom and democracy and a flag of sacrifice. What the flag has never been for is the hate, bigotry, intolerance and lack of respect that it has been misused for in recent times.”