What makes an Aussie, Aussie? 48



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When it comes to the Australian population, what does someone have to do before we accept them as Australian?

Interestingly and good news for migrants, we’re very accepting of the fact they weren’t born in Australia. In fact, the majority of us will consider others Australian regardless of where they’re born.

However, we do care about their respect for Australian law and their ability to speak English – without this, we don’t consider them Australian.

This information was found in the 18th Australian National University’s ANUpoll.

All things considered, Australians were substantially less satisfied with the way the country was heading compared to when the poll first asked that question in March 2008.

It was also found that Australian’s believe immigrants contribute to society with 85 per cent saying they improve Australian society by “bringing new ideas and cultures to Australia”.

Despite this, nearly two-thirds of Australians believe we need to take stronger measures when it comes to illegal immigrants.

What was also interesting is our attitude towards the monarchy. It was close, but most people are in support of it despite the support waining over recent years.

The survey also found Australians are most proud of the country’s achievements in sport and scientific and technological achievements, with 90 per cent of respondents expressing pride in these two areas.

Next up were pride in Australia’s armed forces (88%) and achievements in arts and literature (86%).

It’s an interesting snapshot of Australia, however we have to wonder how many over 60s were surveyed out of the 1,200 that participated to get these figures?

So today have a little fun and tell us, to you what makes an Aussie, an Aussie?

Do you support the monarchy or would you like to see Australia become a republic? And, where do you stand on immigrants? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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  1. Very proud to be an Aussie……too hard to define…..think you just feel it in your heart…… but would also like to add to the list of things that make me proud……the great scientific discoveries particularly in medicine make us a leading light in that area.

  2. Republic yes! We were always a country of immigrants people like to forget that I find it so funny all of us have Great-grandparents or Great Great-grandparents who came from overseas.
    A lot of them were convicts and then later people looking for a new life and a chance that they did not have at home.

  3. Respect and tolerance of our diverse culture……. It defines who we are …… What our values are….. freedom we enjoy…

  4. I think we will eventually break away from England completely. I do not believe in dual citizenship. I think you should belong to one country only. If people had to decide I think we would have a better country

  5. I see a true Aussie to be someone who loves Australia, embraces its culture , and respects the laws of this great land. I struggle to understand why some people immigrate here for a better life for themselves and their families, yet bring their children up in the ways of their troubled homeland that they have left behind. The kids are caught between two cultures and feel they don’t fit anywhere.

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    • Europeans migrated here 225 years ago. They are our ancestors. They didn’t embrace the culture and laws of the inhabitants that had already lived here for 40000 years.
      No, our ancestors simply tried to wipe them out and stole their lands and destroyed their culture.
      So why now do we insist that current immigrants do what we ourselves failed to do???

    • That is absolute rubbish Ruth. You are judging by current day life. 225 years ago you could be hung for stealing a loaf of bread. Should the convicts have embraced the aboriginal way of life? Would they have been permitted to do so? I am sick of this argument. I hear Americans telling us how poorly the aboriginal people have been treated – hello, what happened to the red Indians? I have in aboriginal communities, when you have you can comment.

    • Ruth, not really a good example, the convicts didn’t come voluntarily. Also the British ‘invaded’ Australia, I wouldn’t say they were immigrants. In support of your comments, I personally don’t believe we should celebrate Australia Day on 26 January, I believe we should pick another date that all Australians can celebrate, if I was of aboriginal heritage I would see 26 January as ‘Invasion Day’.

    • We never destroyed their culture they have kept and now we are proud they have. We are all proud of this country now but for the Muslims and their ideology which has no place in this country. If they wanted to live under sharia law they should have never immigrated here illegally or not.

    • If it wasn’t for the British “invading” Australia we wouldn’t have such a great country. Remember too that the Aboriginals tried to kill the Brits. This has happened all over the world and always will. Damn good job Hitler lost the war and didn’t take over Australia, otherwise half of us would have been shot! Regarding being a true Aussie, it’s a person who loves the country and all it stands for, like me!

  6. Totally agree Margaret. If you go to any country you show respect for their culture & we expect the same respect.

  7. If you except the way of life and the law of the land been here for55 years and love it but i stil will never forget my country

  8. Australia is part of the Commonwealth. I have dual citizenship. Why because I was born in the UK I havewonderful memories of my childhood and the love of my family and also the area I lived, completely different to Australia. I love Australia and my life has been here for 46 years I have my own family here the Country is different to what I knew but it is exciting to explore. My children have been to the UK where I lived and have seen the UK through Australian eyes and loved it. One son lived in UK for 8 years he enjoyed it. We have since sat and talked about the differences and the joy of both. He was happy to return home and when I visit my family in UK I am also happy to return home to Australia. Oh yes I also enjoy singing and listening to God Save the Queen as much as I enjoy singing and listening to Australia Fair. I feel and am proud to say I am an Aussie.

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    • I feel the same as you. We left England April 27th 48years ago with our two children to live in Australia. We have had holidays “back home” quite a few times and we always enjoyed our times there but we also looked forward to ” coming home ” afterwards. My daughter has moved back to England to live. My son has not yet been back yet.

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