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Forget the hardy outdoor image, we're really a bunch of wowsers

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13.08.2019

George Bernard Shaw is credited with saying that “Britain and America are two nations divided by a common language”.

In the same breezy vein let’s explore the idea that Australia and the United States are two nations divided by a common democracy.

Replay

For a moment let’s hit pause on picking spots from the eyes of our American cousins and focus on the log that is lodged in our own.

Is there a difference between the way we Australians like to imagine ourselves and what we are?

We, for instance, like to promote the idea that we are a nation of hardy outdoorsy types. We do this when travelling abroad by donning Akubras to signal to the world that should a nearby sheep need shearing we have the skillset to whip the fleece off that jolly jumbuck with a penknife.

Crocodile problems in Holland? Just wave down that guy sporting the pure felt fedora “Legendary” and ask him for a hand. No worries cobber. You should see the spiders and snakes I wrangle back home.

Australians like to promote the idea that we are a nation of hardy outdoorsy types.Credit:Louise Kennerley

Yet Australia is, and for much of the time since settlement, has been, one of the most urbanised countries on earth. Today nearly half of our population lives in just three cities huddled on the........

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