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View Poll Results: Are you a fan of Australia?
Yes 99 79.84%
No 25 20.16%
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:04 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Doing my best to point the negatives (I could be wrong...since i've never been there) but:

* killign cats with arrows;
* too many brits?
* geographically isolated...NZ is like 2000 kms away and it's considered "close"
* poisonous spiders and snakes

What else...on the positive side: Sooo many beaches! Plus, the movie Fat Pizza is hilarious in a borat-like feel-bad-to-laugh way.
You have a 'positive' mixed up with your 'negatives'.
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:04 AM
 
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No, they drive on the wrong side of the road + everything wants to kill you.
And they aint got no hotdogs!
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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You have a 'positive' mixed up with your 'negatives'.
OK, without any biases I meant to say "european culture on the other way of the world".

Ideally I'd like something entirely different...where people are small and cute and enter the subway in packs...like Japan .
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:28 AM
 
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Australia is like France.
Great country but a shame about the local inhabitants.
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:14 PM
 
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Australia is one of the best countries in the world BY FAR. It's prosperous/wealthy, progressive, stable, beautiful cities (Especially Sydney and Noosa IMO), amazing landscapes, fantastic universities and healthcare, friendly people.

Negative things? It is VERY remote, the Australian accent is so strong and it doesn't vary much from Perth all the way to Brisbane, so you will never feel a sense of belonging, It is not really that multiculturally diverse like other countries (E.g. Canada and the US). The rise of the country's activist far right.
Immigrants and first generation make up a significantly higher proportion of the population in Australia compared to Canada, and more than double the US. That trend has been evident for quite a long time. Its pretty hard not to see evidence of that in Australia's cities and major towns.
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Old 02-19-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Immigrants and first generation make up a significantly higher proportion of the population in Australia compared to Canada, and more than double the US. That trend has been evident for quite a long time. Its pretty hard not to see evidence of that in Australia's cities and major towns.
Yes, it's totally incorrect to say that Australia isn't multicultural when compared to Canada and the U.S. The details of how all three countries are diverse is not always the same, but they're all definitely diverse and multicultural, and there is no clear "winner" on this front.


But I wouldn't say Australia is significantly more foreign-born than Canada: the % is about 26% for Australia vs. 22% for Canada, and a notably higher proportion of Australia's foreign-born are from "cousin nations" like the UK and NZ. (Which has diversity and multicultural implications it's safe to say.)
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:08 PM
 
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But I wouldn't say Australia is significantly more foreign-born than Canada: the % is about 26% for Australia vs. 22% for Canada, and a notably higher proportion of Australia's foreign-born are from "cousin nations" like the UK and NZ. (Which has diversity and multicultural implications it's safe to say.)
Latest numbers from the ABS have the foreign born proportion of the population getting close to 28%.

New Zealand is pretty diverse, with arrivals from there being mix of Maori, Pacific Islander, European and others like the Indian diaspora originally from places like Fiji. Anglo New Zealanders are under represented in migrants here. The Brits are less diverse, but they are culturally distinct and there is only a couple of percentage points difference between Canada and Aus on a % of population basis.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Latest numbers from the ABS have the foreign born proportion of the population getting close to 28%.

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Canada admits 280,000 immigrants a year, so its percentage is almost certainly increasing too. Somehow I doubt the gap is widening between the two countries. It might even be narrowing for all we know.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:19 PM
 
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Canada admits 280,000 immigrants a year, so its percentage is almost certainly increasing too. Somehow I doubt the gap is widening between the two countries. It might even be narrowing for all we know.
They are both still way ahead of the US though, which is still perceived as a "nation of immigrants".
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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They are both still way ahead of the US though, which is still perceived as a "nation of immigrants".
Indeed, but I guess the foreign-born population share there is lower because the native-born population is so high.


Even a much larger immigrant intake many times what Australia and Canada take in wouldn't make that much of a dent in a country with about 300 million native-born residents.
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