In 1901 when Australia became a federation, Sir Edmund Barton –the Prime Minister at the time- announced a competition to design a new flag for Australia. There were almost 33 thousand entries but the flag that won, was the one that we use today. It was officially unveiled on the 3rd of September 1901, and that date is now known as National Flag Day. Special events are held all over Australia, at Parliament House in Canberra kids got to hold an actual flag that’ll fly on top of parliament house.
Our flag includes the Union Jack, which is the UK flag; it is there to acknowledge the history of the British settlement. Then there is the Southern Cross, a constellation that can always been seen from Australia and a six pointed star to represent each of the six states, with an extra point added later to represent the territories.
But now the flag is 113 years old and some people are wondering if it is time for a new one.
What do you think?