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Robert, Jennifer, Bethany, Krista, and Timothy

                                        About Australia

Australia is a country of about twenty-million people or about five percent of the population of the United States, yet the land area is roughly the same size as the U.S. Most people are concentrated along the coastlines because the interior is uninhabitable desert.

Australia was established in the eighteenth century by immigrants from England. The immigrants brought the religions of Catholicism and Church of England, which persist today. Traditional religions are quickly giving way to modern secularism, itself considered a religion.

Australia's government is a socialist model. Health care and education are provided free by the government, but the tax burden to support those services is high.

Australians enjoy a leisurely lifestyle. They place focus on social and outdoor activities. They are very friendly and personable, although individualism is beginning to find its roots as it has in America.

Drinking alcohol is almost a national pastime. Because alcohol is so deeply imbedded in the culture, drinking among youth and children is a serious problem. Drinking, drugs, and harmful habits such as sniffing gasoline are epidemic among Australian natives (Aborigines). They too are a focus for the outreach of the Gospel.

There is a high proportion of Asians as well as Indians, Muslims and European immigrants.

Aussie Vernacular - In order to speak proper Aussie English, simply shorten a word to its first syllable then add "ie" or "o" to the end of it

Aggro
Ambo
Aussie salute
Back of Bourke
Barbie
Billy
Bloke
Bizzo
Brekkie
Brizzie
Bushie
Chokkie
Chewie
Cockie
Compo
Cut snake, mad as a
Daks
Dunny
Digger
Esky
Exy
Fair dinkum
Footie
Furphy
Frog in a sock, cross as a
G'Day
Garbo
Good onya
Heaps
Hooroo
Icy pole
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock
Kero
Kindie
Lippy
Lizard drinking, flat out like a
Lollies
London to a brick
Maccas
Mate
Mozzie
Mystery bag
Nasho
No drama!
No worries!
Never never
O.S.
Oldies
Outback
Oz
Polly
Postie
Prezzy
Quid, make a
Reffo
Rego
Ripper
Ropeable
Sheila
Snag
Sunnies
Servo
Thingo
True blue
Top end
Trakkies
Tucker
Truckie
Uni
Ute
Vee dub
Vejjo
Walkabout, it's gone on a
Whinge
Wob
Woop Woop
Yabby
Zack
Very agitated, cranky
Ambulance driver
Brushing flies away with the hand
A very long way off
Barbecue
Teapot
Man, guy
Business, "Mind your own bizzo"
Breakfast
Brisbane
Someone who lives in the bush
Chocolate
Chewing gum
Cockroach, cockatoo
Workers' compensation
Very angry
Trousers
Outhouse, portable toilet
Soldier
Insulated food/drink container
Expensive
True, genuine
Australian rules football
False or unreliable rumor
Mad, angry
Hello!
Garbage collector
Good for you, well done
A lot
Goodbye
Popsicle
Intellectually inadequate, unsmart
Kerosene
Kindergarten
Lipstick
Extreme, busy
Candy
Certain, absolute
McDonald's restaurant
Buddy, friend
Mosquito
Sausage
National military service
No worries!
No drama!
The Outback, center of Australia
Overseas, "He's gone O.S."
Parents
The center of Austalia
Australia
Politician
Mailman
Present
Earn a living
Refugee
Registration
Great, fantastic
Very angry
Woman
Sausage
Sunglasses
Petrol (gas) station
Whatchamacallit, Doohickey
Patriotic
Far north Australia
Track suit
Food
Truck driver
University
Utility vehicle, pickup truck
Volkswagen
Vegetarian
It's lost, cannot be found
Complain
Flu or trivial illness
Name for any small unimportant town
Freshwater crayfish
Sixpence (5 cents) "He hasn't got a zack"
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