new kind of fast food is having big impact in Australia. It has helped to bring Australian people together, and it has been named as the People's Choice Word of Year 2016 by Australia's Macquarie Dictionary. It is "halal snack pack", also known as "HSP" in Australia. It is combination of kebab meat, potato fries and special spicy sauce. Although snack was created in Australia, it has its roots in Middle East. It has become symbol of multiculturalism in Australia as more people become aware of halal food. There is even HSP group on Facebook that has over 180,000 members. The site is for, "sharing great snack pack stories and discussing possibly best snack pack in world".
halal snack pack has created a lot of discussion in Australia, especially after far-right politician Pauline Hanson refused to eat one. She said halal meat was unacceptable in Australia and that "98% of Australians" were against it. However, she could not provide any evidence to support her statement. Ms Hanson's words and actions have made HSP more popular. Keysar Trad, president of Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said HSP winning word of year was fantastic. He said: "If you're able to find it in dictionary, it takes away mystery. It brings people comfort and satisfaction that there's nothing sinister about word 'halal'. It's all about what's positive, what is good and wholesome."