Category: Australia

How similar is Australian culture and Californian culture?

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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?

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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 […]

Where in Australia do most expats from South Africa live?

By: | Post date: May 18, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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In my experience, Perth by far. Enough that the South African presence in Perth is very visible: it’s one of the largest ethnic subgroups there. (Perth has not had the same level of Mediterranean or Asian migration as Sydney or Melbourne.) South African restaurants are common there, and very uncommon in Melbourne (though I’ve still […]

Which party would the average American Democrat vote for if they moved to your country? And why do you think that?

By: | Post date: May 18, 2017 | Comments: 2 Comments
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As all the other answers have said, there is just too broad a spectrum of views within the American Democrat party for us to speak of an average Democrat. Unless, of course, that is code for “moderate Democrat” or even “blue dog Democrat”. Australia too has two big tent major parties. Labour has a left […]

Why are people in Australia racist?

By: | Post date: May 16, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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I of course knew that as soon as I opened this question, I’d get several replies saying “no we’re not”. White Anglo-Celtic Australians (and these days, White Non-Anglo-Celtic Australians) are not the people to ask this. No, we don’t burn crosses in our yards. Yes, we did give Aboriginal Australians the vote, and we even […]

Have Australian politics stabilized or will we see more prime ministers with shortened terms?

By: | Post date: May 9, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Polling for the major parties even and low at 37%. Parties eroded both from their radical flanks (Labor by Greens, Liberals by host of right wing parties), and from centrist populists (Nick Xenophon). Liberal Party split between moderates and conservatives, with conservatives openly sniping at Turnbull or breaking away, and several conservative pretenders waiting in […]

What were the biggest highlights of Australia’s cultural history?

By: | Post date: May 4, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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Ooh. That’s a tough one, and I’m going to want backup on this. The nationalist writers of the 1890s: Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. Culturally defining figures. At the same time, the Heidelberg School of painters (back when Heidelberg was on the outskirts of Melbourne, instead of suburbia); just as strongly defining of Australia’s self-perception, […]

Are there any Armenian restaurants in Australia where one can get pure Armenian food?

By: | Post date: May 4, 2017 | Comments: No Comments
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In Melbourne: “Pure” Armenian? There was an Armenian Cafe restaurant before I got together with my wife, but that’s long closed. There’s Sezar | Modern Armenian Restaurant, which is Nouveau Armenian (Nouveau, as most upmarket ethnic restaurants in Melbourne are). We’ve been once, and it wasn’t strikingly “pure”. Pleasant, though rather heavy. It’s next door […]

Australian Republic Movement Ad

By: | Post date: April 22, 2017 | Comments: 4 Comments
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How do you remind Australians on Australia Day that they should really be a republic after all? By getting them to sing the Australian Royal National Anthem in an ad. You know the one. ‘God save the Queen’: Royal anthem gets republican twist in new ad campaign Good work, Australian Republican Movement. You didn’t even […]

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