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Published March 11th 2023
Are you a fair dinkum Aussie?
Being Australian means different things to different people, but as a Canadian expatriate in Australia for ten years and a recent citizen, there are some general qualities and values that I've observed and come to associate with the Australian identity. Here are some ways you can embody the Australian spirit:
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Embrace the Australian culture: Learn about the history, traditions, and customs of Australia. Celebrate the country's unique cuisine, music and art.

Be friendly and welcoming: Australians are known for their friendly and welcoming nature. Be open to meeting new people and making friends.

Appreciate the outdoors: Australia is home to some of the world's most beautiful natural wonders, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru. Take advantage of the opportunities to explore and appreciate the country's diverse landscapes.
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Show respect and compassion: Australians value fairness, equality, and respect for others. Treat everyone with kindness and understanding, regardless of their background or beliefs.
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Embody the "fair go" spirit: The Australian ethos is built around the principle of giving everyone a "fair go." Stand up for what is right and help those who are in need.

Stay positive and optimistic: Australians are known for their positive and optimistic outlook on life. Look for the good in situations and maintain a can-do attitude.

Embrace multiculturalism: Australia is a diverse country with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. Appreciate and celebrate this diversity by learning about other cultures, attending multicultural events and trying different foods.
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Support local businesses: Australians take pride in supporting local businesses, farmers and producers. Shop at local markets, dine at independent cafes and restaurants and buy products made in Australia.
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Volunteer and give back: Australians have a strong tradition of volunteerism and giving back to the community. Consider volunteering at a local charity or donating to a cause that you are passionate about.
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Respect the environment: Australians have a deep respect for the natural environment and are committed to preserving it for future generations. Reduce your carbon footprint, recycle and take steps to protect the environment.
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Be resilient: Australians are known for their resilience in the face of adversity. Learn to bounce back from setbacks and challenges, and maintain a positive attitude in difficult times.

Celebrate Australian traditions: Australia has a rich history and culture that is worth celebrating. Attend ANZAC Day services, watch the Melbourne Cup or join in on other local celebrations.

You should also probably learn some Aussie slang: Here are some common Aussie sayings:

"G'day mate" - a greeting that means "hello, friend"
"No worries" - an expression meaning "it's okay" or "don't worry about it"
"Fair dinkum" - an expression meaning "seriously" or "genuine"
"She'll be right" - an expression meaning "everything will be okay"
"Bloody oath" - an expression meaning "absolutely" or "that's true"
"Strewth" - an expression of surprise or shock
"Good on ya" - a phrase meaning "well done" or "good job"
"Mate's rates" - a discounted price given to a friend or acquaintance
"Bogan" - a term used to describe someone who is uncultured or unsophisticated
"Fair go" - a phrase meaning "give someone a chance" or "be fair"
"Hard yakka" - a term used to describe hard work
"Arvo" - an abbreviation for "afternoon"
"Chockers" - a term used to describe something that is full or crowded
"On the piss" - a term used to describe drinking alcohol
"Ripper" - an expression meaning "fantastic" or "great."

By embodying these qualities and values, you can embrace the Australian identity and be a positive contributor to your community and society.
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