Australian Coat of Arms
The generally accepted symbols of Australia are golden wattle [Acacia pycnantha], the red kangaroo [Macrops rufus], and the emu [Dromaius novaehollandiae].
In 1912, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Andrew Fisher, MP, wattle was included as the decoration surrounding the Commonwealth Coat of Arms and it has also been used in the design of Australian stamps and many awards in the Australian honours system.
Stan Jaques (10 Jun 2010)