The Green and Gold arching ribbon represents numerous aspects of Australia. Its shape is reminiscent of a boomerang and makes an A shape, not only hinting at our nationís name but our creativity and innovation. It also symbolises a path from the past, through the present, to the future. The now gold Federation Starís seven points represent the six states and the commonwealth territories. The blue background is the same shade as the original Australian flag, both hinting at our European colonisation, and a symbol of the sea which surrounds the land. The southern cross, a symbol of freedom and national identity, is represented in dots, reminiscent of Indigenous Australian artwork, an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land.