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Australian culture

Innovations
Traditions

It is probably fair to say that talk of Australian culture doesn’t inspire the world as does talk of French, Italian or Japanese culture. For example, in 2005, the Sydney Morning Herald ran a story regarding how migrant women felt about Australian culture. The story began with the paragraph:

"When asked to talk about Australian culture, their first reaction was laughter. Australia was a cultural vacuum; any culture that existed was "bland" and characterised by "average-looking" people."

The comments were probably fair enough. Australia is a country where egalitarianism has freed many people from the kind of pretension that demands refinement. Consequently, instead of going to the supermarket in the latest designer clothes, Australians may shop in tracksuit pants or ugg boots. The same attitude is expressed in much of their life. Although this doesn’t always impress foreigners, it can lead to the kind of mental freedom identified by English author D.H Lawrence when he wrote,

 "You feel free in Australia. There is great relief in the atmosphere - a relief from tension, from pressure, an absence of control of will or form. The skies open above you and the areas open around you"

While some Australians have used that freedom to find contentment in being average, others have used that freedom to be creative in ways that are anything but average.

Inventions
Thinking different
Australia Day
The true meaning
Social Innovations
Solving problems
Melbourne Cup
Sea of colours
The Economic Reforms
that ended the class war
Anzac Day
Lest me forget
   
Customs and values
Creativity and styles
Australian facts
Just the facts
Architcture
Being different
Humour
Larrikin jokes
Poetry
Defying stoicism?
Drinking
Test of character
Painting
The value of culture
Egalitarianism
The fear of inferiority
Movies
Once were blockbusters...

Social etiquette
Social rules of Australia

Cuisine
Creativity in the kitchen

Wisdom
The intelligent Australian?

Music
Pushing the boundaries