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The large seven-pointed star below the Union Flag is the Commonwealth or Federation Star which represents the federation of the colonies of Australia on 1 January 1901. There is one point for each of the six original states, and one which now represents all of the Commonwealth’s internal and external territories.

How did the Australian flag come to be?

In 1901 Australia’s first Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Sir Edmund Barton, announced an international competition to design a flag for the new Commonwealth of Australia. The flag was flown for the first time on 3 September 1901 at the Exhibition Building in Melbourne, which was then the seat of the federal government.

What was Australia’s flag before 1954?

What is now the Australian national flag was created soon after Federation in a competition in which nearly 33,000 people took part. However, for the next 50 years Australia’s official flag was the British flag, the Union Jack. This changed in 1954 when the Flags Act came into effect.

Can you fly another country’s flag in Australia?

Any person may fly the Australian National Flag. However, the flag should be treated with the respect and dignity it deserves as the nation’s most important national symbol. Flag protocol is based on longstanding international and national practice.

Why are Tim Tams banned?

The classic Australian chocolate favourite contains cochineal – a type of food coloring that comes from South American insects and has been known to provoke severe allergic reactions. Until 2009, cochineal was one of many dyes that fell under ‘natural color’ on ingredients lists.

Why are Tim Tams unhealthy?

Tim Tam — 8.2g sugar per biscuit A classic Tim Tam has 8.2g sugar per biscuit, equal to 44.9g sugar per 100g. Everyone knows Tim Tams are sugar-laden sometimes foods, but many foods you consider “healthy” sneak in more sugar per serve than the classic Aussie biscuit.

How many Tim Tams should I eat?

For most of us, Salis advises honouring your cravings with a decent sized serving — say two or three biscuits — when you really want or need it. “It’s important, from a psychological point of view that you feel like you have had a good feed,” she explains. “If one Tim Tam is enough for you then that’s good.