A beautiful land that doesn't masquerade as a Commonwealth country it is one. There are pockets of racism, xenophobia and whatnot, but there a lot of positives and these should be celebrated. I know someone from there who thought it was crap and then he spent a year in Europe well actually the main purpose of his trip was to be an airport bum checking out the airports over there, and let's just say he didn't think so after that.
Australia rocks. It's airports rock too.
by Paul Ward October 24, 2006
Australia one of the best bloody temperate coltrolled countryies in the world. For those who dont know We do accually have the best military in the world. Especially compared to america and thier massive loss of over 2000 men during the Iraq war 2002.

I live there
by >ME< October 06, 2005
North of the Southern Ocean, and situated between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia is the world's smallest continent and largest island.

Isolated from other countries, we have a diverse variety of fauna and wildlife that can be found nowhere else in the world. Our unique array of animals (koalas, penguins and kangaroos in particular) attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, as do our brilliant beaches, our stunning mountain ranges, crystalline blue waters and harsh beauty of the Australian outback. (Outback = desert for all you uneducated cretins).

We have the world's largest coral reef (the Great Barrier Reef), the world's largest monolith (Uluru, formerly known as Ayre's Rock), and we have the world's largest Uranium depostis, as well as major deposits of copper, iron, coal, oil and natural gas.

Yes, we have an accent, though compared to what you hear on movies such as Crocodile Dundee, our accents are definitely not that strong. The Eastern accent is stronger than the accent of Aussies that live on the West Coast.

Our weather is awesome. Winter isn't too cold (unless you're one of the unfortunate people to be living in Tasmania) in winter, and summer always promises hot sun. Sometimes too hot, regularly reaching temperatures of 40 Celcius and above.

Our athletes are among the best in the world. We continuously kick the arses of countries such as America, England, China, Japan in sports such as swimming, cricket football, hockey & netball.

Australia also has some of the world's best medical research facilities. We're in the process of creating a vaccine for several cancers, including prostate, breat, ovarian and cervical cancers.

We have the highest standard of living in the world. With one of the lowest population densities in the world today.

Our government, whilst highly criticized, has managed to keep us safe from terrorism, warfare and other modern problems. Our government invests money in health care, education, infrastructure and the general comfort and weelbeing of our people rather than blowing the budget on an over-sized military.

Speaking of military, we have the world's best trained troops. Our soldiers of the SAS undergo the most rigorous training of any troops in any country, and regardless of what the yanks may say, we do put in an amazing effort in wars in the Middle East and around the world.

We're generally not arrogant, cocky or invasive, though we tend to be loud, boisterous and easy to get along with. Most Aussies love a good party, and sure know how to chug down the booze.

We have the most venomous animals in the world, both on land, and in water. And unless we live in the rural areas, no, we do NOT have kangaroos bouncing around our streets. We don't keep kangaroos as pets, and we don't ride around in their pouches. They do however, taste quite good on the BBQ.
We are equally, if not more civilized than the US, being more laid back in our approaches to almost every situation.

Australia is also one of the world's most multi-cultural countries in the world. The suburb of Dandenong in Victoria is the only suburb in the world to contain a person from every nationality residing within its boundaries. We're a tolerant people, and while we've been labelled as racist, well, we can't be that bad considering as how we've got all the races living here. Besides, racism is a central part of our cultural humour. We definitely don't go down the street calling people 'nigger', 'towel-head' or 'curry-muncher', but racism is used as a form of affection in friendship groups.

We call our asian friends "Asian", "nip", "wingnut", our Indian pals "curry-puff" or just "curry", or our white mates "skips". In Australia, we're not overly offended at jokes about our race, and as long as you mean the joke as a joke, and not as some hidden slur against us, then we won't take a 2-by-4 and apply it to the back of your skull.

Yeah, we also have our share of negatives in Australia, but our positives outweigh the negatives by a long shot.

It pisses me off when other countries bag Australia. What the fuck would they know? Yeah, American might be the most powerful country in the world, but at least in the land down under we're safe from terrorist attacks. Our government isn't a supremicist entity that aims to control every other damn country (or at least the ones with valuable oil supplies). Some would label Australia as being lazy, but we just keep our noses out of other countries business.

Don't bag us before you come and see what an amazing country we are. I over-used the word 'amazing', didn't I...

In conclusion-- Australia rocks.
The End.
I think I used enough examples in my definition of Australia =\
by coryinc September 14, 2006
Fast facts on Australia:
-- Our population is 20,595,860 appox; and increases by one person every 2 minutes and 12 seconds. (Unlike the US which breeds like rabbits: one person every 10 seconds...)
-- 95% of those people live in cities similar to those in the US and UK, albeit a little smaller. But our infrastructure is comparable.
-- Over 75% of our adult population disagree with the Government's Foreign Policies (well... actually, almost all of its policies, but we can't be stuffed starting a civil war to make things change...).
-- Our military IS the most highly trained combat force in the world.
-- Our medical research is the best in the world. Most of the major breakthroughs in the last few years came from Australia. Especially cancer research. Other nations ask our scientists for help...
-- Our public healthcare system doesn't just rival that of the US, it KICKS ITS ARSE! Every citizen of Australia is entitled to FREE basic public healthcare and emergency hospital treatment (if necessary).
-- Our education system also rivals those of other 1st world nations.
-- Steve Irwin is a rare specimen of low-brow individuals without formal education and does not represent the vast majority of us. (In simpler terms for Americans and Kiwis: Irwin is an idiot that most of us want to beat to death).
-- Koalas are not BEARS!!
-- Humvees are sold in Australia.
-- In country towns, kangaroos RARELY hop down main streets.
-- Gun related deaths in the US each year: over 10,000. Gun related deaths in Australia each year: less than 70. (33 deaths per 1 million people in the US; 3.5 deaths per 1 million people in Australia. Why? In Australia we have car and motorcycle enthusiasts, in the US they have firearm enthusiasts and no gun control... go figure...).
Australia is the best country in the world. Period. We drink a lot of beer. We play a lot of sports (and usually win). We are world leaders in cancer research (so if one day you get cancer and are given a cure, it came from here). We are patriotic. We all hate our Prime Minister.
by DanManOZ August 07, 2006
Australia: Home of the british convicts
Population: 20.5 million
Culture: none
tourist: whats this place called?
Australia: its a Ozstrayleeya maaaatee!
tourist: well it sucks
by Can'tHelpYourself December 06, 2006
The Commonwealth of Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere and is the world's smallest continent and the largest island with a number of smaller islands in the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Australia's neighbouring countries are Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east.

The continent of Australia has been inhabited for over 40,000 years by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. After many visits by European explorers and merchants from the 17th century and onwards, the eastern half of the continent was claimed by the British in 1770, and officially settled as the penal colony of New South Wales on 26 January 1788. As the population grew and new areas were explored, another five largely self-governing Crown Colonies were successively established over the course of the 19th century.

On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated and the Commonwealth of Australia was formed. Since federation, Australia has kept a stable liberal democratic political system and remains a Commonwealth Realm. The current population of around Australia is around 20.4 million and is concentrated mainly in the coastal cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Australia consists of six states and several territories. The states are New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia. The two mainland territories are the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT); the federal government administers a separate area within New South Wales, the Jervis Bay Territory, as a naval base and sea port for the national capital.
most of the territories work similarly to the states, but the Commonwealth Parliament can override any legislation of their parliaments. By contrast, federal legislation overrides state legislation only with respect to certain areas as set out in the Constitution; all residual legislative powers are retained by the state parliaments, including powers over hospitals, education, police, the judiciary, roads, public transport and local government.
Each state and territory has its own bicameral parliament (unicameral in the case of Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT). The lower house is known as the Legislative Assembly (House of Assembly in South Australia and Tasmania) and the upper house the Legislative Council. The heads of the governments in each state and territory are called premiers and chief ministers, respectively. The Queen is represented in each state by a governor; an administrator in the Northern Territory, and the Governor-General in the ACT, have analogous roles.

Australia's landmass comprises 7,686,850 km² and is on the Indo-Australian Plate. Surrounded by the Indian, Southern and Pacific oceans, Australia is separated from Asia by the Arafura and Timor seas. Australia has a total 25,760 km of coastline. Climate is highly influenced by ocean currents, including the southern oscillation, which is correlated with periodic drought, and the seasonal tropical low pressure system that produces cyclones in northern Australia.
By far the largest part of Australia is desert which takes up two thirds of the country. Australia is the 2nd driest inhabited continent, the flattest, and has the oldest and least fertile soils. Only the south-east and south-west corners of the continent have a temperate climate. The northern part of the country, with a tropical climate, has a vegetation consisting of rainforest, woodland, grassland and desert. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef, and lies a short distance off the north-east coast and extends for over 1,200 km and is visible from space. The world's two largest monoliths are located in Australia, Mount Augustus in Western Australia is the largest and Uluru in central Australia is the second largest. At 2,228 m, Mount Kosciuszko on the Great Dividing Range is the highest mountain on the Australian mainland, although Mawson Peak on the remote Australian territory of Heard Island is taller at 2,745 m

Australia has a Western-style type economy, with a per capita GDP (economy) a bit higher than those of the UK, Germany and France. Australia was ranked third in the 2004 Human Development Index and sixth in The Economist worldwide quality-of-life index 2005. In recent years, the Australian economy has been strong in the face of global economic downturn. Rising output in the domestic economy has been offsetting the global slump, and business and consumer confidence remains big. Australia's emphasis on reform is another key factor behind the economy's strength. In the 1980s, the Labor Party, led by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating, started the process of modernising the Australian economy by floating the Australian dollar in 1983, and deregulating the financial system. Since 1996, the Howard government has continued the process of micro-economic reform, including the partial deregulation of the labour market and the privatisation of state-owned businesses, most notably in the telecommunications industry. Substantial reform of the indirect tax system was achieved in July 2000 with the introduction of a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST), which has slightly reduced the heavy reliance on personal and company income tax that still characterises Australia's tax system.
The Australian economy has not been impacted on a recession since the early 1990s. As of July 2005, unemployment was 5.0% with 10,030,300 people employed. The service sector of the economy, including tourism, education, and financial services, comprises 69% of GDP. Agriculture and natural-resources represent only 3% and 5% of GDP, respectively, but contribute substantially to Australia's export performance. Australia's largest export markets include Japan, China, the United States, South Korea and New Zealand. Areas of concern to some economists include the chronically high current account deficit and also high levels of net foreign debt.

Australia has a long history of visual arts, starting with the cave and bark paintings of its indigenous peoples. From the time of European settlement, a common theme in Australian art has been the Australian landscape, seen in the works of Arthur Streeton, Arthur Boyd and Albert Namatjira, among others. The traditions of indigenous Australians are largely transmitted orally and are closely tied to ceremony and the telling of the stories of the Dreamtime. Australian Aboriginal music, dance and art have a palpable influence on contemporary Australian visual and performing arts. Australia has an active tradition of music, ballet and theatre; many of its performing arts companies receive public funding through the federal government's Australia Council. There is a symphony orchestra in each capital city, and a national opera company, Opera Australia, first made prominent by the renowned diva Dame Joan Sutherland; Australian music includes classical, jazz, and many popular music genres.
Sport is an important part of Australian culture, assisted by a climate that favours outdoor activities; 23.5% Australians over the age of 15 regularly participate in organised sporting activities. At national and international levels, Australia has particularly strong teams in Australian rules football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, cricket and netball and grows more in cycling and swimming. Australia has participated in every summer Olympic Games of the modern era, and every Commonwealth Games, and has hosted the 1956 and 2000 Summer Olympics; Australia has ranked among the top five medal-takers since 2000. Corporate and government sponsorship of many sports and élite athletes is common in Australia. Televised sport is popular; some of the highest rating television programs include the summer Olympic Games and the grand finals of local and international football competitions.

by David. M October 06, 2005
A fucking wasteland excuse of a country that prides itself on so called "conservation" and "saving the world"

And they honor these morals by raping and pillaging ALL the good acres of land for poorly built fucking expensive houses in which only Asian bastards and American cunts can buy only to turn into rentals where the fee's are unfair and high.

But this won't stop Australians pride themselves on valuing the economy and tourism and destroying precious forests to build more houses for people that don't live here, not to mention the center is a desert and the best parts to live are around the coast where all the forest is, so if the forest is in the way of $ forest gotta go!

Australia is just as full of cocksucking bullshit, braindead shitheaded faggots and Australians equivelant of rednecks (see RSL club members) that ignore all flaws and pride Australia for what it Once was, now its an overdeveloped shithole with a diminishing wildlife population.
I am Australian and it was once a country i loved, and its being destroyed for profits sake.
by Topfragger November 03, 2008
The best country in the world.
Us British see the sun and beaches and cry a little inside.
The country everyone wants to see become the next world superpower. There or India. Currys rock.

Mmmmmm curry
"Hey, it's Neighbours!"
"It's Australian!"
"Shut the hell up and watch"
by But the UK's still good too January 02, 2007
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