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Identity is a debate that many Australians are still arguing today After all these years of living in Australia the identity of the country is still something that cannot be agreed upon Though many seem to have their own idea of what an Australian is there is no clear cut view of this thus the conclusion that an Australian is a myth can be formulated Thus many people of Australia feel as if they should aspire to be citizens of the world instead Its the phrase on everyones lips Australian identity What is it To find out what Australian identity is you first must look for certain evidence based on customs and traditions as well as rites and rituals But the problem with this is that if you ask almost any Australian on the street the first response that you would get would be the same the barbecue Just about anyone can describe the rituals of an Australian barbecue the man cooking usually with a tinny in one hand and tongs in the other the women preparing salads in the kitchen It is difficult to figure out why the barbecue is Australias single most identifiable domestic ritualCarey The Sum of Us pp 30 It might be that it connects Australians to their more ritualistic past but it is hard to believe that a countries entire cultural identity relies solely on cooking a piece of meat on a grillSport is another subject that seems to dominate much of Australian society Such events such as the Grand Prix and Australian Open seem to give some Australians a sense of identity Australian Rules Football is another sport that seems to encompass many Australians and is a way that many Australians identify But it is important to note that all three of these are dominant in Melbourne the sporting capital of Australia With the upcoming Olympics in Sydney being one of the few exceptions sport is predominantly
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