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Old 05-25-2006, 06:19 AM   #1
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Australia in genral

hey, im looking to discuss about Australia, post topics, or ask question about the country, talk about sports, politics anything!
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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Why do Victorians like their bloody AFL?

Why does our (Victorian) Police Comissioner look like Big Kev?

Why can't the state liberals win elections?
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why kant tori spell... nah, just kidding.

as for the state Liberals, that is a long term historical thing. Maybe they just can't get their act together, maybe people see fit to vote them in federally and leave it at that, who know? I have a theory that it's all of the above combined with a tendency for the state parties to house some of the more out-there reactionaries in their ranks. And let's not forget the Nationals either (in Queensland at least, still basically the main opposition party. And in Queensland, they have Joh's rotting corpse to thank for their doldrums. Yes a lot of people loved Joh, but that era stinks like hell nowadays, and the changing nature of the state affects things too, urban vs. rural).
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One place I visited in my recent trip to Turkey was Gallipoli, which is important to Australians. We went to ANZAC Cove and looked at all of the graves. It was so sad. Some of those boys were only 17, 19 years old when they were killed. Fifteen out of the twenty four people on my tour were Australian, and another three were New Zealanders. It was a really moving experience for this American.
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I envy Wanderer and every other Aussie on this board for living in what is truly one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

I'm planning my first trip to Oz next year and I know so much about it that I feel like an Aussie myself (s'truth! fair dinkum mate!!).

Its so hard to believe that from beginnings as a prison colony it has turned into one of the most saught-after places to visit and live.

It really surprises me that Aussies would even THINK of going on vacation outside of Australia - why would you leave paradise???

Where can I start? The beaches, the reef, the people, the cinema (Priscilla ROX!!), the music (Kylie, INXS, Savage Garden/Darren Hayes, AC/DC, Men At Work.....the list is ENDLESS).

As you can tell, I'm REALLY looking forward to my trip and exploring everywhere from Sydney to Perth and from Adelaide to Darwin......



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is New Zealand like your very own Canada?
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:27 PM   #7
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just make sure you dont have anything bad when u try to get in, customs and quarentine get awful picky. and yes australia is an incredibly sought after plce to live, just dont come illegally, those dentention centres arent too nice. Australia is great and to get into specifics Melbourne is the single greatest city
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I can't wait to get out of the hellhole that is the state of Queensland and move to Melbourne at the end of this year. I hope that one day, I have the chance to leave Australia and move back to New Zealand, as New Zealand is far closer to being paradise than Australia ever could be (seriously, AchtungBono, don't spend all of your time on the wrong side of the Tasman; New Zealand is better, especially if you want amazing scenery and rugby). But as it stands, Australia offers me a better university education and there are people in this country who I don't want to leave.

Truly, could someone please explain why Queensland is so popular with tourists and why people move here in droves? It's too hot, too sunny, not exactly very cultured, appallingly planned, scenically uninteresting on the whole (Great Barrier Reef and a few other features obviously excluded from that statement) ...

Also, it'd be nice if the Australian customs laws were relaxed just a bit, to permit the import of New Zealand apples and Arataki honey. I've always found Aussie apples just a bit too flavourless, and Arataki's manuka honey is the only honey I truly love.
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Another question...why can't Labor win federal parliament?
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Originally posted by A_Wanderer
Why do Victorians like their bloody AFL?

Why does our (Victorian) Police Comissioner look like Big Kev?

Why can't the state liberals win elections?
I need to ask, why can't victorians win their bloody AFL?


Best thing about Victoria is it's football.

I deleted the rest of this, as Vic bashing is not helpful But feel free to bash Sydney. and Australia, Axver.

And A_W, the Libs cant win state because they're shit.
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My Country
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Dorothea Mackellar
(1885 - 1968)



The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die-
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold-
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land-
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand-
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackellar
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My daughter and her class sang the following song in school assembly and there was not a dry eye in the place!
It was beautiful!!


RAINING ON THE ROCK
Words and Music by John Williamson

Pastel red to burgundy and spinifex to gold,
We've just come out of the Mulga where the plains forever roll.
And Albert Namatjira has painted all the scenes,
And a shower has changed the lustre of our land.



And it's raining on the Rock,
In a beautiful country,
And I'm proud to travel this big land,
As an Aborigine.
And it's raining on the Rock
What an almighty sight to see,
And I'm wishing and I'm dreaming that you were here with me.


Everlasting daisies and a beautiful desert rose
Where does their beauty come from heaven knows.
I could ask the wedge-tail but he's away too high,
I wonder if he understands it's wonderful to fly.

It cannot be described with a picture,
The mesmerising colours of the Olgas.
Or the grandeur of the Rock
Uluru has power!

And it's raining on the Rock,
In a beautiful country,
And I'm proud to travel this big land,
As an Aborigine.
And it's raining on the Rock
What an almighty sight to see,
And I'm wishing and I'm dreaming that you were here with me.
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A few negative things about Australia...

We've got a shite anthem no one knows the words to. Give me the Turkish, Tunisian, Brazilian national anthem anyday.... or Men At Work's Down Under.

Aussie music in the 80's was the best in the world, now it's the worst in the world.....

We've got a shite flag. Simple horizontal stripes would be nice, or the Eureka Sockade southern cross flag.

We're not a republic

John Howard has been PM for 10 years and it's a national disgrace that someone like Downer could get into politics.

New South Welshmen and women

Sydney

Queensland (cept for the northern bit)

Rugby League

Real football is called soccer and real football is not the national sport.....yet (i hold hope)

The VFL is now the AFL

There are very few decent Aussie TV shows

Private Schools are among the most elitist in the world

Everything is too far away

Our history is tarnished by a genocide committed against the indigenous population. (although no one speaks of it)

There has never been a civil war in which Victoria, SA, WA, NT and Tassie won independence from those "people" up north. That would be utopia, almost.

We've never won a fifa world cup.

There is an anti-Victorian bias in the selection process for our national cricket team.
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Our history is tarnished by a genocide committed against the indigenous population. (although no one speaks of it)
I think that the history wars attest to the rigorous debate going on with that topic, the assertion that there was ever a willfull campaign of genocide conducted by the colonial authorities has been challenged in recent years.
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