The New Australian

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The New Australian
A prejudiced and jaundiced view of Australia from the cynical eye of a recent immigrant.
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  • The day Australia lost her innocence 1 day ago …..was probably sometime around May 13th 1787. But according to an ex-pat American journalist it was December 15th 2014. That’s right, Australia, this was the defining moment for your history, the day after which nothing would ever be the same. The day a lone nutter with a shotgun and a flag...
  • Robert Maxwell United Party 2 days ago In many ways, moving to Australia feels like travelling backwards in time. Depending on the location or the subject one could be back in the 1990s (Australian banking), pre-Berlin Wall 1980s (closet reds under every bed) or the 1970s (industrial relations and labour practices).   But for...
  • The problem with the rolling news cycle 2 days ago Is that it requires constant content.     Apparently there will be similar press conferences from the Premiers of all other states and territories confirming the relevance of a terrorist act in Sydney to their jurisdictions. For fuck’s sake.
  • Integration of immigrants is key 4 days ago God knows I’ve tried. Since arriving here I’ve learned to surf, accepted that barbecues can be fueled by gas, managed to stifle giggles when hearing the names parents give their children (“Tayla, tell Jamieson and Kayler dinner is ready!“) and I’ve nearly drunk enough Kool-aid to believe...
  • Punk December smashes through the proscenium 5 days ago Today we arrive at my favourite band of all time, The Stooges (later, Iggy and The Stooges). The first, eponymous, album was a classic example of why budding guitarists need only learn three chords and probbaly just two will do. It’s not what you play, it’s how you play it.   Young James...

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