A new fast food in Australia is helping to bring Australians together. It is also the People's Choice Word of the Year. It is the "halal snack pack", also called an "HSP". It is a mix of kebab meat, fries and a spicy sauce. The snack started in Australia but has its roots in the Middle East. It is now a symbol of multiculturalism and is making people more aware of halal food. There is an HSP Facebook group with 180,000 members. People share their best HSP stories.
The halal snack has got people talking in Australia. The HSP became more popular after a politician refused to eat one. She said halal meat was unacceptable in Australia and that "98% of Australians" were against it. There is no proof of this. The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said HSP winning word of the year was fantastic. It said having the word in the dictionary, "takes away the mystery…about the word 'halal'. It's all about what's positive".