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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, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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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.
So I get about 900,000 British-born Australians and about 600,000 British-born Canadians.


That means about 3.7% of the people living in Australia are British-born.


And about 1.6% of the people living in Canada are British-born.
(Outside Quebec, about 2.1% of people in Canada are British-born.)


For either country, it's not as many as a lot of people would think.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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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.)
The actual 2016 census result for country of birth was
Australia 66.6%
Elsewhere 26.2%
Not specified 7.2%

The often quoted 26% assumes every person in the final category was born in Australia.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:34 PM
 
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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.
That reality is also evident when 19th century migration is discussed. Sure there were a lot more immigrants from mainland Europe and Scandinavia heading towards the US in that era, but when the US had population of over 25 million, Australia (and Canada?) had not even reached the 1 million mark.
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Old 02-19-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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That reality is also evident when 19th century migration is discussed. Sure there were a lot more immigrants from mainland Europe and Scandinavia heading towards the US in that era, but when the US had population of over 25 million, Australia (and Canada?) had not even reached the 1 million mark.
Canada probably reached a population of 1 million sometime in the 1820s.


At the time of "Confederation" in 1867 it had about 3.5 million people, and around the turn of the 20th century was likely around 5 million.
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Old 02-19-2018, 02:41 PM
 
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Australia seems to me like Canada's warm weather counterpart. It's kind of hard to have something against the place really.

All the Aussies I've met have seemed to be easy going and friendly, somewhat like people from the southern U.S. and California. Brits(and Canadians to a lesser extent) can be condescending at times. Never noticed that with Australians.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:02 PM
 
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You know we have it good when "no hot dog stands" is a complaint.

Really wish they'd do something about the internet though, it's a joke. I haven't found customer care to be sub par, though if you're comparing with the likes of America where they go above and beyond due to the tipping scheme that they have, then I understand.
The hot dog complaint is just a personal pet peeve of mine. For such simplistic food, it's hard to find a genuine place. There used to be one in the city, but they closed down. Burgers are easy to find, so I'm surprised hot dogs aren't.

Internet's a big hit and miss to me. Oftentimes I see ISP's advertise certain speeds only to find them under deliver in at least one area (either the upload or download speed ends up not meeting the requirement).

I'm at least partially comparing customer care to the likes found in North America, in which case the discrepancy becomes all too obvious, but it goes beyond that as I find staff service in big retailers lacking.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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In fact, Perth is closer to the rest of the world than other major cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)

Perth to Singapore (5 hours)
Perth to Bali (3:30 hours)
Perth to Kong Hong (7 hours)
Perth to Dubai (11:30 hours)

Qantas will fly non-stop Perth to London.
I meant isolated in regards to the rest of Australias larger cities.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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Australia seems to me like Canada's warm weather counterpart. It's kind of hard to have something against the place really.

All the Aussies I've met have seemed to be easy going and friendly, somewhat like people from the southern U.S. and California. Brits(and Canadians to a lesser extent) can be condescending at times. Never noticed that with Australians.
It might be the sarcastic humour that Brits and English Canadian have. Quite acidic at times.
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Old 02-19-2018, 03:21 PM
 
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Australia would be a nice place to visit, but I'm just not a fan of the nanny-state mentality. Ban this, ban that, it might be dangerous or annoy someone. It's bad enough where I live (California), but worse there.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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It might be the sarcastic humour that Brits and English Canadian have. Quite acidic at times.
Perhaps, it just comes across as a bit of an inferiority complex masquerading as an air of superiority. Or maybe I'm just reading a bit too much into it.
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