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Mateship and diggers: will ANZAC values survive as Australian values?

Many Australians identify themselves as being a “digger” – a straightforward bloke who have strong bonds of mateship. But will these World War 1 values survive as Australian values? Continue reading

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Making sure that Sheila can have a fair go

Australian society celebrates mateship and blokiness, but these are clashing with an increasing understanding of gender equality. Australia needs to turn to another value – the fair go – to resolve it. Continue reading

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Life on show; life on the beach

Life on the beach can be a kaleidoscope of people and activity. It is life on show for us all to embrace. Continue reading

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I’m an alien, a British one in Australia

Australia may have taken much from other parts of the world, but it is its own, and I’m still not sure I know her yet. Continue reading

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Finding refuge in a pokie

The City of Greater Dandenong is the most socially disadvantaged council area in the state of Victoria (where Melbourne is). It is home to many immigrants hoping to find new life and work in Australia, but with unemployment at over 11% … Continue reading

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Vale understanding: I’m spruiking a pot and parma night

To a large extent, Melbourne looks and feels very similar to a city in the UK. After living in Cambodia, the people, the buildings, the cars, food, and shops mostly resembled the UK in some way. This wasn’t too surprising given … Continue reading

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Australian Football is not wholly Australian; but what is?

When I was 10 years old, Transworld Sport was shown on TV at 8am on a Saturday morning. It would show clips of Buzkashi, a popular game in places like Afghanistan and Mongolia where men on horses attempt to drag a … Continue reading

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