Why I love Australia

Right, so I have this random love for all things Australia.

I’ve never actually been but I’m sort of obsessed with the country, the people, the politics, the culture, the idiosyncratic ways. I’m not saying I’m stalking the Commonwealth or anything but it should probably have some Vegemite handy to keep me at bay. (It’s the only Aussie export I’m not keen on.)

People, often Aussies themselves, ask why I adore their country so much. So I’ve compiled a list of reasons by way of explanation. This, in no particular order, is why I love Australia.

1. Mateship

2. Being “fair dinkum”

3. ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

4. Kangaroos fight in the street

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5. Even if their coordination isn’t great

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6. The national anthem is awesome

(Though some people should pay more attention to the bit about sharing their boundless plains with those who’ve come across the seas.)

7. And so is the song everyone thinks is their national anthem

8. It’s the only G20 nation that avoided recession during the global financial crisis

9. Eric Bana

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10. Budgie smugglers

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11. Battlers

12. Culinary adventurousness

13. They love their coffee

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14. Like, REALLY love it

15. Profanity

16. “Buckley’s chance”

17. The Australian Legend by Russel Ward

18. Heath Ledger

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19. Gough Whitlam

20. The Secret Life of Us

21. Ben Chifley

22. Koalas

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23. Waves

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24. The fair go

25. Eddie Mabo

26. The apology to the Stolen Generations

27. The ABC

28. Charles Kingsford Smith

29. Schindler’s Ark

30. Michelle Grattan

31. Paul Keating

32. THAT speech

33. 94(a)

34. Kerry O’Brien

35. Hawkie

36. Bronwyn Bishop

37. Redgum

38. John Jarratt

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39. Malcolm Turnbull

40. Elections on Saturdays

41. Anne Aly

42. Australian politics in general

43. Ozploitation

44. Rockpool’s wagyu burger (via John McTernan)

45. Caroline Chisholm

46. Nicole Kidman

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47. Laurie Oakes

48. The Redfern Park speech

49. Perth, because I have family there

50. Kalgoorlie, because I have family there too

51. Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales

52. Neville Wran

53. Bushies

54. The Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre

55. Hugh Jackman

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56. “Going troppo”

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57. Aussie soaps

No, not Neighbours or Home and Away. I’m talking proper, big-hair-and-shoulder-pads Eighties fare.

58. John McTernan (basically an Aussie)

59. The Great Barrier Reef

60. The Seekers

61. Barry Humphries

62. John Curtin

63. Clive James

64. Rupert Murdoch (because)

65. The word “larrikin”

66. Liam Hemsworth

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67. Dear sweet Jesus, Liam Hemsworth

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68. Seriously, I love you Australia

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