Category: Australia

I have a 10 minute meeting with the Australian Prime Minister. What should I ask him?

By: | Post date: August 14, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Question details indicate that the original OP is “in my final year of high school in rural Western Australia.” This humbled me out of the smart-aleck answer I was going to give; Ben Kelley’s answer is excellent for this serious aim. … Without that context? “Mal. Mal, Mal, Mal. Come on, mate. Just between you […]

Why has there been so much political resistance to legalizing gay marriage in Australia?

By: | Post date: August 11, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia, Culture

Ah, recentism. As Ben Kelley’s answer reflects, but not enough answers have acknowledged, dragging one’s feet about gay marriage has become a bipartisan thing. Gay marriage has become a flashpoint for the current culture war in Australia; the ex-PM and leader of the conservative faction of the Liberals, Tony Abbott, announced that if you’re sick […]

What are the good and bad neighborhoods of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia?

By: | Post date: July 5, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Kim Daniels’ answer sounds the most accurate to me, as does Sherï Hussain’s answer to Are there really rough neighborhoods to avoid in Melbourne Australia? The question is clearly vexed, and if you’re paying close attention, there’s several things going on (which Stacey Johnston’s answer alludes to). The social dynamic in Melbourne is in flux; […]

What’s it like to study for a master’s in applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia, Language, Personal

Been A2A’d, but alas, I went through the general linguistics programme 20 years ago, and I haven’t stayed in touch. Some generalities: Melbourne Uni has the Language Testing Research Centre, which means that Language Testing is one of the core strengths of the department. The department also has three ESL specialists. The department includes Tim […]

What are the most romantic restaurants in Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 6, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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We truly are spoiled for choice in this town, Miguel Paraz. I did take my future wife for Valentine’s Day to Grossi Florentino our first year of dating. It truly is a high temple of dining. It would have to be, at $200 a person. But the place that pops into my head is Scugnizzo. […]

What do I need to know before I move to Bendigo, Australia?

By: | Post date: June 5, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Well, you need to know What’s Bendigo, Australia like to live in? You need to know that Bendigo is a two hour train ride from Melbourne, and a smidgeon longer as a car ride. You need to know that there are good foodie options to be had in Bendigo, that real estate is affordable, that […]

What are the uncivilised things about Australia? E.g. casual swearing (cursing), excessive drinking, informal culture, disrespect toward or suspicious of authority figures, sports obsessed, arrogant, and the list goes on. Am I wrong?

By: | Post date: June 2, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Oh, we Aussies, we’re a defensive lot. Not the first time I’ve seen this on Quora. And I did appreciate Alap Arslan’s answer. Lemme have a go. casual swearing (cursing) Yes. I don’t think it’s uniquely Australian, but we certainly pride ourselves in swearing; the subreddit Straya • r/straya seems to use cunt as every […]

How similar is Australian culture and Californian culture?

By: | Post date: June 1, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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It’s a comparison you hear often (“Australia: a combination of the best parts of California and England”), and it’s not unfounded: Both are warmish—by Anglosphere standards Both are informal—by Anglosphere standards (insert “by Anglosphere standards” in all the following) Both are outgoing and friendly according to their own self-perception Both prioritise a relaxed lifestyle Both […]

What are the pros and cons of living in Australia specifically in Melbourne?

By: | Post date: June 1, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Australia

Vote #1 Kim Huynh’s answer to What are the pros and cons of living in Australia specifically in Melbourne? This will be rather more superficial. Pro Melbourne: Lots of parkland. Good public transport system (so long as you’re commuting to and from the CBD) Critical mass of culture in general Excellent foodie culture Excellent sporting […]

Do Australians regularly eat kangaroo meat?

By: | Post date: May 28, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Another data point: Routinely served to tourists, as an exotic offering. Like crocodile is. Available in gourmet restaurants on occasion, as an exotic offering. I’ve had it two or three times. The last time, in an Ethiopian tagine. Available in supermarkets, but not plentiful in supermarkets. Very plentiful as pet food. Very lean meat, so […]

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