Yes, that's true, but the idea was fundamental to the founding of Australia. Other nations adopted a similar notion later on. Our country and culture was founded on this principal, which has endured.
the concept of a fair go was not new pre the founding of Australia although the terminology 'fair go' might be wholly Australian. Fair go means that everybody has an equitable opportunity, an reasonable chance, even handed treatment regardless of the position they are born into. None of these concepts are unique to Australia.
It is an institution, and institutions are, in my opinion, integral to the culture of a society.
Again, I disagree. A parliamentary democracy is understood to be one in which the people choose representatives at regular elections and on the idea that Parliament is supreme, or sovereign.
There is nothing unique about our system of government. Many countries elect their representatives and many countries have the parliament as the supreme decision maker. Norway, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands, Sweden just to name a few.
It is absolutely unique. Most countries in the world don't use the common law system.
I didn't say most did. I said there was nothing uniquely Australian about it.
Today, one-third of the world's population lives in common law jurisdictions or in systems mixed with civil law, including Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Burma, Cameroon, Canada (both the federal system and all its provinces except Quebec), Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom (including its overseas territories such as Gibraltar), the United States (both the federal system and 49 of its 50 states), and Zimbabwe. Some of these countries have variants on common law systems
CaesarAugustus wrote:You may believe that, but the fact is that our Head of State, as it currently stands is the Queen, and the Union Jack is on our national and State flags.
the question was about what uniquely represents Aussie culture.... for a large portion of the country, the queen and the union jack mean mean bugger all. I certainly don't think of either of those when I think of aussie culture, although I am as proud of our flag as the next person. I'm proud because it represent AUSTRALIA, regardless of what is on it. Change the Aussie flag tomorrow to a picture of a crocodile and as long as it represented Australia, I'd be just as proud.
It is still our national sport.
a large portion of our population would argue that league is.
It informs on Australian culture. Australia being a hot country affects how people behave, and what they wear. In Canada it snows everywhere; in Australia it does not.
be that as it may, it's not what I would call aussie culture. I'd be surprised if I asked 100 other people about aussie culture and any gave that answer. I've often asked the question often over the years and never has anyone ever previously offered 'the outback' as an answer to Aussie culture.
It doesn't matter that we don't relate to it. It matters that exists and that it's unique to Australia.
I think it matters greatly. Ask the likes of yadda, Sprint or Mechanic if they think of aboriginal culture when they think of aussie culture and you're likely to get told off.
No, but again, it forms an integral part of Australian culture, inherited from our British ancestors.
my original question what would you say is unique about australian culture?