Character

ADAMS, PHILLIP – Dog is love

It is greatly to Australia’s credit that we are a mongrel nation. None of that Aryan or ethnic purity for us. We benefit from hybrid vigour. Every race and religion – as mixed up as the flora in our multi-horticultural society.

ADAMS, PHILLIP - Dog is love

ALI NAJAFI, RAMAZAN

It was my dream one day I come to Australia, The dream is gone, now it is real. Now I ask what I can do for Australia.

ALI NAJAFI, RAMAZAN

ANON, ANON

Australian Humour. It’s different and baked by a Bigger Sun.

ANON, ANON

AT WORK, MEN – Down Under, songwriter Colin Hayes

Do you come from a land Down Under,
Where women glow and men plunder?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You’d better run, you’d better take cover.

AT WORK, MEN - Down Under, songwriter Colin Hayes

AUSTRALIAN, THE – 19-Sep-73

If one has the ability to drink oneself into an alcoholic stupor without falling flat on one’s face in front of one’s mates, one apparently has then achieved the true blue hallmark of excellence of today’s dinky-di Aussie.

AUSTRALIAN, THE - 19-Sep-73

BEAN, CHARLES – The Dreadnought of the Darling

The Australian, one hundred to two hundred years hence, will still live with the consciousness that, if he only goes far enough back over the hills and across the plains he comes in the end to the mysterious half desert country where men have to live the lives of strong men. And the life of that mysterious country will affect the Australian imagination much as the life of the sea has affected that of the English…

BEAN, CHARLES - The Dreadnought of the Darling

BEHRENDT, LARISSA – on the community and government response to natural disasters and flooding that affected Australia J

Some have reflected that this heroism, this natural desire to pitch in to help others in need and the tenacity to come together to rebuild communities that has been seen in such abundance over the past few weeks was not so much Australian as inherent human traits. Whichever way these characteristics are viewed, they are attributes which are strong foundations for any society and ones that will enrich a community the more it is permeated by them. Pitching in to help, doing what you can for those who are suffering and worse off than you are, even those you don’t know, are values that would extend compassion, altruism and generosity towards all sectors suffering disadvantage.

BEHRENDT, LARISSA - on the community and government response to natural disasters and flooding that affected Australia J

BEHRENDT, LARISSA – on the community and government response to natural disasters and flooding that affected Australia J

Such displays of the Australian spirit engender pride, regardless of background, religion and political persuasion. They are unifying… This spirit of leadership should be reflected in our national symbols and one appropriate way to do that is by finally making the changes needed to make Australia a republic… A country’s history does not change because it takes a step forward, but its possibilities for the future do.

BEHRENDT, LARISSA - on the community and government response to natural disasters and flooding that affected Australia J