Alternatives crop up, one of which is the Golden Wattle.
“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.