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Isitjustme

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Isitjustme

Australia, when people think about it they think Kangaroo's and Koala's and furry little friends, but screw that, Australia is just like America, but with less population and more heat. Australians don't have that funny accent either, oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

 

The image of Australia portrayed by America is revolting, we are not like that, we are just like you, but... different, maybe the language, maybe the cities, but otherwise, we are just like the US or Britain. You might call New York, a great melting pot, but if you say that, you haven't been to Australia. I am an Australian by birth, not by blood, so I know all about Australia, I know that we stole your peeps from California, when we found gold!

 

The Lebanese image, the Chinese image, everything, everyone, can be found in Australia, and our greta Aussie bush, yeah that's real but not as real as our CBD or our major cities and long winding track. But we do have to pay respects to the Brits for making us public and taking them over in being the world's biggest island. If you want a beautiful Australian girl try Sarah Murdoch, America and Europe don't have ALL the good-looking girls. Thank you for reading my post.

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Svip

Thanks for telling me what Wikipedia article on Australia could have told me.

 

Or much more quickly; common sense.

 

I think you are confusing stereotypes with what people really think of you. And how is this a debate at all?! There is really nothing to debate.

 

Okay, Australians are not like that.

 

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Benjimino234

No! You've got it all wrong! There's f*ckin' Kangaroos hoping around everywhere!

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That is as big as it gets in Australia.

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major underscore

That's all stereotypes, nothing more.

 

To educate yourself, watch this video from the Australian Ministry of Information, showing what Australia is all about. Complete with it's national anthem (Men At Work - Down Under) and photos of its Prime Minister, Michael J. Dundee. And children burried to their necks in the sand (the Australians' equivalent of a "time out"/"go sit in the corner"). And a drunk kangaroo.

 

 

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Spaghetti Cat

So that's where Australia is...I always thought it was in Europe. That's where they hunt the Kangaroo's and Koala Bears right? My geography is a bit fuzzy, I'm only aware of your country from the Crocodile Dundee movies. It's a shame Mr. Hogan was killed by that 10 foot Sting-Ray. He will be missed. Good thing you can still cook those shrimp on the barbie, just keep those pesky dingo's away from you babies. I will always wonder how you get the toilets to flow in the other direction. I'm sure it has military applications. You should be thankful we saved your sorry ass in WWII.

 

That's all for now. By the time you read this, it will be yesterday. rolleyes.gif

 

 

 

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makeshyft

 

Australia, when people think about it they think Kangaroo's and Koala's and furry little friends, but screw that, Australia is just like America, but with less population and more heat.

Geographically, it is extremely different.

 

 

Australians don't have that funny accent either, oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

f*ck off... 'Aboriganal' (sure you didn't mean Aboriginal?) people didn't even call the place Australia. Your logic is screwed, as that would also mean there's no such thing as a white American.

 

 

The image of Australia portrayed by America is revolting, we are not like that, we are just like you, but... different, maybe the language, maybe the cities, but otherwise, we are just like the US or Britain. You might call New York, a great melting pot, but if you say that, you haven't been to Australia. I am an Australian by birth, not by blood, so I know all about Australia, I know that we stole your peeps from California, when we found gold!

Want some sauce for that massive chip on your shoulder?

 

 

The Lebanese image, the Chinese image, everything, everyone, can be found in Australia, and our greta Aussie bush, yeah that's real but not as real as our CBD or our major cities and long winding track. But we do have to pay respects to the Brits for making us public and taking them over in being the world's biggest island. If you want a beautiful Australian girl try Sarah Murdoch, America and Europe don't have ALL the good-looking girls. Thank you for reading my post.

Yawn. You're a perfect example of tall poppy syndrome being alive and well in Australia. Thanks for being a living stereotype.

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Clem Fandango

The only erroneous view of Australia I've ever encountered while overseas was from someone who simply thought Australia was just a collection of towns and one or two cities the size of Bristol. People have the common sense to work out that Kangaroos don't hop around the street. Although my cousin did seem convinced when he came here that it was possible for a shark to eat him when we went swimming.

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SonOfLiberty

 

Australians don't have that funny accent either, oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

 

 

WTF? I don't know about you, but I was born, and rasied in Australia. Therefore I'm Australian.

 

 

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Ats.

 

Australians don't have that funny accent either, oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

Oh my suicidal.gif There is no such thing as Australian?! Well, then there aren't any Americans or Latin Americans too! Because at the beginning they were Europeans they migrated to America. You're stupid.

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Vercetti21

 

oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian'

 

I am an Australian by birth

...the f*ck? suicidal.gif

 

 

The image of Australia portrayed by America is revolting

That's because we're dumbasses, the media has portrayed our own country as a cesspool of obese people and spoiled brats. Stereotypes exist everywhere.

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Saggy

I could write a similar post whining about the perceived American stereotypes in Australian culture.

 

Also you do have accents. Just like I would appear to have an accent to you. I mean, I only know people from New Zealand, but I'm pretty sure there would be a definite "accent" to anyone that didn't live there.

 

That's all right, though, I talked to a Japanese guy online whose Dad thinks everyone in America sounds like John Wayne.

 

 

However, I have to admit that the first thing I think of when I think "Australia" is that nearly every most-poisonous-anything can be found there.

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Dom0803

 

migrated to Australia

 

Migrated? Get back to work, prisoner.

 

/British person's opinion tounge.gif

 

 

Seriously though, Britons perceive Australia and Australians as being one of the great commonwealth countries that we founded and still to this day, we are proud to associate with Australia. It's a country so large, I can't comprehend its size.

 

Basically, when I think of Australia, I think of a massive Britain with better weather and a tropical image. Your accents are even similar to ours in many ways, especially your elderly people, sound to me, basically English (except the outbackers who all sound like Steve Irwin)

 

I live and was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Many times a year and in fact right now, the continental market is set up in the grounds of our city hall. There's an Australian burger stall in it which sell kangaroo, wild bore, ostrich and venison burger... I've tried the kangaroo and wild bore burger... kangaroo is better, sort of peppery. It's probably my second favourite stalls there after the German beer tent - so be proud of that!

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General Goose

I love Aussies and Oz. Were it not for the creepy crawlies (such as spiders and Michael Atkinson), I'd like to live there.

 

I see no real negative prejudice against Australia. Sure, you have stereotypes, but most are jokey and very few are actually harmful (Germans, Italians, Arabs, Americans, Brits, Irish and 99% of other ethnicities and nationalities have more harmful stereotypes and prejudices.)

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Clem Fandango
I love Aussies and Oz. Were it not for the creepy crawlies (such as spiders and Michael Atkinson), I'd like to live there.

A common misconception. The spiders here are nothing, it's the massive moths and flying cockroaches that irk me!

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Ronnyboy

American Media is a bitch to any country, including it's self.

 

I remember a few years ago there was this movie about some guys who have all this money in a sweatshirt they are going to use in Australia for some bets or something. From the first scene in Australia, everyone has a thick and Basic Australian accent. Then they are driving through the desert, have the money stolen by a talking kangaroo who also has a basic accent and then they chase it down with some old crazy bushmans plane. It was really how I saw Australia for years, mostly crazy people who live with kangaroo's and they all hunt down crocodiles for fun!

 

It took me years to get rid of that image, but that's how a lot of people still see it today. It's a shame because most people only know about Australia from "Outback Steakhouse" and sh*tty movies like the one I just talked about. I have such appreciation and love for the "Down Under" land, and I really do want to visit there. Just hope I get it right and write down "Australia" on a ticket, instead of "Austria", which most people where I live screw up. The joy of American media and idiocy. whatsthat.gif

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Ari Gold

The thing with Australian stereotypes is that they usually only fit in with those of Anglo-Saxon (English, Scottish or Irish) heritage, and only 85% of the nation is of Anglo-Saxon heritage, which isn't that much compared to other largely homogenous Western countries. There are so many other ethnicities and cultures in Australia which have provided a massive influence and form a huge part of our culture; Italians, Germans, Chinese, Greeks, Dutch, Indians, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Polish, Filipino, Maltese, Croatian, French and Serbian immigrants have all set up fruitful communities within Australia, and all of the ethnicities mentioned above have at least 100,000 members of that nationality living in the country, not to mention some of the other prominent cultures found in Australia, such as Maoris, the Spanish and Macedonians. I live in an area of Melbourne where you sometimes struggle to find people of British background, which (not sounding racist as I'm not saying that British people give me the sh*ts) but I think that's what makes our country great. Diversity.

 

Pretty much everyone gets along with each other. Racism is prevalent, but not to the point where people are burning down other peoples homes because they're Italians or Turkish or whatever. I have friends who are Indians, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Croatian, Serbian, Irish, German and Slovenian, and we all get along fine (even with the Croatians; with me being a Serb, and with there being strained relations between the cultures, we get along crystal clear). icon14.gif

 

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makeshyft

You do find, though, that tolerance towards non-white Australians diminishes the further you get from capital cities. I don't see much overt racism where I live, but I know that if I were to drive two hours west with an Indian in tow, I'd probably have to fight someone to get him out of there unscathed.

 

Victoria may be different - I am aware that it is a lot more diverse than Queensland. But racism is commonplace when you get away from the busy hubs.

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Ilya

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Mike Tequeli

 

The thing with Australian stereotypes is that they usually only fit in with those of Anglo-Saxon (English, Scottish or Irish) heritage, and only 85% of the nation is of Anglo-Saxon heritage, which isn't that much compared to other largely homogenous Western countries.

I'm pretty sure if that figure was correct Australia would be the whitest (or most anglo) ex-British colony out there, even worse then New Zealand.

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Otter

Yes, I'm interested in what 'homogenous' countries you're speaking of as well, Stefche.

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Clem Fandango

Also, I believe the Kangaroo from Kangaroo Jack never talked.

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Ari Gold
Yes, I'm interested in what 'homogenous' countries you're speaking of as well, Stefche.

Well I got my stats wrong; only 37% of Australia identify themselves as Australian, whereas 85% of Britain is of White British ancestry, while 67% of New Zealanders identify themselves as Anglo-Saxons.

 

And by homogenous nations, I'm referring to nations such as Spain, Italy, Denmark and the Netherlands; they're all developed, propsering nations yet in each of those countries, more than 90% of the population are natives to the country.

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Typhus
Oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

I just love it when people look for reasons not to be proud of where they come from. What a brilliant attitude.

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Clem Fandango

^ I just love jingoists.

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makeshyft
Oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

I just love it when people look for reasons not to be proud of where they come from. What a brilliant attitude.

It's called the cultural cringe. If you want a job with the ABC (on either radio or TV), you still have to undergo speech therapy to soften your Australian accent so that it sounds more British.

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Mike Tequeli
Oh and there is no such thing as an 'Australian', the only Aussies are Aboriganal people, everyone else, migrated to Australia.

I just love it when people look for reasons not to be proud of where they come from. What a brilliant attitude.

It's called the cultural cringe. If you want a job with the ABC (on either radio or TV), you still have to undergo speech therapy to soften your Australian accent so that it sounds more British.

I'm so f*cking glad there is virtually no difference between American and Canadian accents. Have a wonky unique accent (Newfies) and suddenly everyone thinks your retarded.

 

As for Australian diversity, its to be expected that a colony nation would be diverse.

 

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Sicologikal

I recommend Bill Bryson's - Down Under if anyone wants to read about the amazing continent/country that is Australia.

 

Here's some unusual facts about the country:

 

1) Their PM Harold Holt went missing after he went in for a swim back in 1967, he was presumed dead and they named a swimming pool in his honour!

 

2) In 1954, Bob Hawke was immortalised by the Guinness Book of Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Bob later became the Prime Minister of Australia.

 

3) Over 90% of Australia is dry, flat and arid. Almost three-quarters of the land cannot support agriculture in any form

 

4) Larrikin - A larrikin is a comical, roguish individual who is prone to rowdy and unruly behaviour. The term was coined from an Irish policeman ( wink.gif ) in a Melbourne court, claiming the prisoner was "larkin about".

 

5) Kangaroo - The name for the Australian marsupial Kangaroo came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with 'Kanguru', which in the native language meant 'I don't know' .

 

....and I have to say that is a sexy accent the Australian women have!

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makeshyft
....and I have to say that is a sexy accent the Australian women have!

It depends where they're from, and also which socio-economic group they belong to. I doubt anyone would find a North Queensland dole-bludger's accent sexy. It borders on offensive.

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Sicologikal
a North Queensland dole-bludger

What the hell is that? biggrin.gif Why is that offensive?

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Playstation_Loyalist

Australia? Is that a country where in the past British prisoners were sent?

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