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Welcome to Australian Culture and Customs.  Whether you are a foreign student or a teacher of Australian English in a high school, a skilled worker employed on a mine or in … Continue reading

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sorta dunno nothin

I have a 14 year old. Now some Australian 14 year olds can be pretty uncommunicative. How about in your country? There are a number of Aussie cultural references in … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’

One Australian’s view of Aussie culture from online news site, WA Today Xavier Toby asks ‘What is Australian Culture?’.

November 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Australia corrupt?

Complete the poll and see how you go.  Go here for the accepted Australian view

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Minister called on to resign

Recently an Australian member of parliament was called on to resign for calling a government agency to get his son special treatment. The general Australian public does not like to … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Iranian refugee firefighter giving back to a sunburnt country

With both political parties insisting on calling asylum seekers who arrive on boats here without visas, ‘illegals’ in spite of international law, it is great to see the news reporting … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Losing our religion?

Are Australians religious? If not, why are our leaders promoting their religions in their policy making? Tom Burns’s writes about recent research that shows 22% of Australians indicated that they … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

It’s Aussie Football League grand finals time!

For the first time since the club’s inception 19 years ago, the Fremantle Dockers has reached the grand finals of the Australian Football League (AFL).  The AFL began as the … Continue reading

September 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Business Handshakes

A handshake says a lot about you. Take the whole hand firmly but not tightly and shake just once or twice then let go. Not too hard and not like … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

We have a new government

The people have spoken, we have a new government. Yesterday the Australian people voted for a change of government from the Australian Labor Party to the Australian Liberal/National coalition.  It … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is Australia a secular society or not?

Today The Hoopla blog posted an article commenting on the reaction of people to our first Muslim member of parliament using the Koran to swear his commitment to (his) god, … Continue reading

July 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

A request…

Hello and a warm welcome to all my readers. I have now been running this blog for about six months and it’s going pretty well so far with people from … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

What, no cheating?!

Australians were astonished and surprised last week to hear that some Chinese families had actually locked in and threatened teachers for not allowing their children to cheat in exams. What? Of course … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia is going to Rio 2014!

Woo hoooo!  The Australian Socceroos soccer (or ‘football’ if you must) team  just beat Iraq 1-0 to qualify for the Soccer World Cup in Brazil next year.  I can’t wait … Continue reading

June 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Former Yothu Yindi frontman M Yunupingu dies aged 56 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Internationally acclaimed musician, political activist and leader, and educator, M Yunupingu has died at home on 2 June 2013, in the Northern Territory. Yet another Aboriginal man claimed by kidney … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we really that racist?

By The Hoopla May 30, 2013 “Sometimes, whether it’s offhand, whether it’s deliberate, or in this case whether it’s a complete mistake, the hurt still is there…” Mistakes, brain fails, blunders, … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia Is An Example Of Effective Gun Control. America Is An Example Of Ignoring Australia.

View this satirical video that has now gone viral comparing Australia’s view of America’s gun laws with American lobbyists and politicians’ views.  We Australians just don’t get it. Related articles … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2013

Did you know that many Australians LOVE Indian films?  Check out the Indian Film Festival Melbourne which includes Bollywood and arthouse Indian film as well as a short film competition … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ita Buttrose, the mother of Australian style and business

Ita Buttrose has been an inspiration to generations of Australian women playing a leading role in the Packer media empire as the creator and first female editor of major women’s … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Swimming in the right (left) lane

The swimming pool, leisure centre, aquatic centre – the local pool.  Australians love swimming.  Have you noticed our Olympic performances over the years in the pool (very impressive)? Did I … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

positive new survey of Indian students in Australia

“75 per cent of Indians believe Australia is a stand-out destination for education…” Report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Daniel Filton about positive changes in Indian students’ attitudes to studying in … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Boston Bombings 15 April 2013

Australians thinking of everyone over in Boston. Peace. Go to the Hoopla for Australians’ comments on these events.

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australians don’t know how lucky they are | Paola Totaro | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Is Australia still the “lucky country” or is life here getting harder and harder?  Read this article from the British newspaper, the Guardian, and see what it British journalist Paola … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia, centre of the world!

Australia – centre of the world – at least on our maps!

March 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Australia’s Angry Summer

Australia links ‘angry summer’ to climate change – at last | Jessica Aldred | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

March 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Commentary from the Australian newspaper on the Second Australia India Youth Dialogue conference and its implications for both India and Australia. Youth holds key to vibrant Australia-India relations Related articles Beyond Commonwealth, … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Prime Minister, we need to talk about race

REBLOG from The Hoopla The Hoopla’s political reporter, Chinese Australian GABRIELLE CHAN, writes a very personal piece about race and politics in Australia, and issues a warning to then Australian … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

rules, rules, rules…

Australia is a country full of rules and regulations.  Many people call Western Australia, for example (my home), the ‘nanny state’ because you have no legal choice to decide what … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’

This Australian article, Why we don’t need Michael Palin’s ‘Brazil’, explores British presenter, Michael Palin’s* series on Brazil which draws on all the old stereotypes and fails to look at the … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

please, thank you, excuse me, sorry

“please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! please, thank you, excuse me, sorry! … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Success story of a refugee

The inspiring story of John Gulzari, a Hazarra from Afghanistan, who talks about his life in Afghanistan, his beliefs, interests and struggles and how made a home for his family … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Less stress in Australia than China

A Chinese woman talks about how she finds life less stressful in Australia

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Is spaghetti Australia’s national dish?

I’ve often wondered what dish really defines Australian cuisine.  Oh, and by the way, when I say dish, I am not talking about a plate, I’m talking about a meal. … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia-Indonesia Youth Dialogue

Official Australian government media release from the Australian embassy in Indonesia. Australia-Indonesia Youth Dialogue Launched – Australian Embassy.

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Creepy white guys

Read this article in the Daily Post about some Australian men’s attitude to dating Asian women online at Creepy white guys. Please realize that not all Aussie men are like this! I’m just trying to … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Are we ashamed of Australian culture?

Read the article in Daily Life, my latest blog find on Australian Life - Are we ashamed of Australian culture?. It’s all about what we call the ‘cultural cringe’ where (anglo) … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Look me in the eye! Eye contact

In many cultures it is very rude to look someone directly in the eyes if they are older or have a higher status than you. In Australia (except in some … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state | News.com.au.

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Malaysia set to deport Australian senator – Al Jazeera English

Malaysia set to deport Australian senator Nick Xenophon, who planned to meet opposition officials, detained at Kuala Lumpur airport, prompting Australian concern. Last Modified: 16 Feb 2013 15:31 Xenophon was … Continue reading

February 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Map of indigenous languages of Australia

David R Horton, creator, © Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, 1996. Check out this link for a high-resolution, magnifiable version of the map

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Korean media: attacks in Australia are racist – Al Jazeera Blogs

Two views from Koreans on assaults in Australia written by Andrew Thomas for Aljazeera Read the article here  Related articles Australia Day in Seoul, South Korea (thomassherlock.com) Nuclear test puts … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Aussie???

What’s does Aussie mean? It’s short for Australian

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

The many meanings of ‘mate’

The ubiquitous Australian word has many meanings depending on the context.  See if this hilarious series of videos featuring a very stereotypic Aussie helps you understand some of them!

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Valentines’ Day in Australia – 14th of February

The day of love originates from the European saint, Valentine.  It began as a Christian tradition which is gradually being taken up around the world, largely, I might suggest, because it … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Jakarta Post on Australian multiculturalism

Your letters: Multiculturalism in Asia | The Jakarta Post. Unless Australia is included as an Asian country, there is no legally or government supported multiculturalism in Asia…

February 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

disgusting or acceptable in public? etiquette of the body

spitting – disgusting on the street, absolutely revolting anywhere inside except straight into the toilet (in private). sneezing – ok if you cover your mouth and/or use a tissue over … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cultural Differences Between India and other Countries: A Dinner Invitation

Originally posted on InterSecting Lines:
This was an article I wrote eons ago for Chillibreeze. I had even forgotten that I had written this article till I came across it…

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Indonesian – Australian relations – Jakarta Post article

Indonesian – Australian relations Indonesia-Australia: Love thy quirky neighbors Endy M. Bayuni, THE JAKARTA POST, SYDNEY Blood may be thicker than water, but physical proximity oftentimes is far more important … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Animals – food, friend or both?

Australians love animals. Having said that, we do actually eat our two national animals, the emu and the kangaroo! animal cruelty is not acceptable. That means kicking a dog, not … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Australian workplace traditions

Originally posted on Vipbackpackers's Blog:
So you’ve come to Australia to work, or you’re thinking of it, and trying to work out all the lingo and what’s going on.…

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment
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