The flag of Australia was designed in 1901, with a prominent Union Jack demonstrating the country’s loyalty to the British Empire. Since the late 1980s and early 90s, the Australian flag debate is a periodic topic of chat, with many thinking the flag is no longer suitable. Alternatives crop up, and one of those is the Golden Wattle flag.
“The wattle is our only authentic national symbol – totally, unambiguously of this land. It is not conflicted or qualified in its identity or loyalty. It is eloquently, elegantly and undoubtedly Australian.”
— Terry Fewtrell, President, Wattle Day Association
Australia’s official floral emblem is the golden wattle, with about 950 different species of wattle being native to the country.
Green and gold are Australia’s national colours, and were derived from the golden wattle leaf and blossom. The flag emblem has the dual meaning of the wattle and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star that’s created by the central negative space.
Read the full rationale on the Golden Wattle flag website.