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.
Back of Bourke
Cut snake, mad as a
Frog in a sock, cross as a
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock
Lizard drinking, flat out like a
London to a brick
Quid, make a
Walkabout, it's gone on a
|Very agitated, cranky |
Brushing flies away with the hand
A very long way off
Business, "Mind your own bizzo"
Someone who lives in the bush
Outhouse, portable toilet
Insulated food/drink container
Australian rules football
False or unreliable rumor
Good for you, well done
Intellectually inadequate, unsmart
National military service
The Outback, center of Australia
Overseas, "He's gone O.S."
The center of Austalia
Earn a living
Petrol (gas) station
Far north Australia
Utility vehicle, pickup truck
It's lost, cannot be found
Flu or trivial illness
Name for any small unimportant town
Sixpence (5 cents) "He hasn't got a zack"