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What is the Australian National Identity Who can decide what it is Who istruly Australian These questions have been asked throughout this countrys short lifeMany have different views on what is what but I believe that you cant really just saywell this is what an Australian is and thats that But there are definitely uniquequalities about Australians that are evident The booklet entitled Being Australianhas many different representations on what is Australian these are the images that During the colonial era many of the true Australian qualities were shownThey showed resourcefulness independence mateship egalitarianism and enduranceto name a fewDistinct Australian qualitiestraits were seen to be identifiable andreflected the democratic and egalitarian values and aspirations of the peopleThere were other people with very strong views on what is Australian By theterm Australian we mean not just those who have been merely born in Australia Allwhite men who come to these shores- with a clean record- and who leave behind themthe memory of class distinctions and the religious differences of the old world all menwho place the happiness the prosperity the advancement of their adopted countrybefore the interests of imperialism are Australian Then there were other people like Henry Lawson who described the typicalAustralian as having pessimism callousness atheism and stoic endurance Butunfortunately according to Fred Broomfields Henry Lawson is not the seizer andhistorian of the typical Australian simply because there is no such beingBut thesethings are common to all isolated peopleFred Broomfields also wrote that there is the typical small town AustralianThe climate breeds a desire for out-of-door exercise Men will transact business underverandahs and make appointments at the corners of streets The evening stroll will bean institutionThe boys brought up outside their homeslearn to roam and as theyconquer difficulties for themselveslearn to care little for their parentsJames Hogan stated that there is definitely three traits most evident in an 1 An inordinate love of field sports 2 A Very decided disinclination to recognise
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