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    I'm totally shocked that a few of you consider Australians to be racists. Can you give me some examples of what's happened to you while you were over here. I don't think our country is racist at all.

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    My experiences have been in the UK and Thailand. I don't think that I've encountered real racial hatred (actually, some opinions on "the abboes" have come close), in the main it's blatant racial stereotyping.

    Aussie men are the best drinking buds in the world. If UK peeps want proof, goto "The Church" in Kings Cross (www.thechurch.co.uk <-- warning, some semi-clothed images I believe, nothing pornographic though). Aussie women are babelicious .

    Now I've finished my stereotyping, an example of racism I've come across precisely 1,234,653 times. "Whinging Pome"
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    Originally posted by TheOriginalH
    (www.thechurch.co.uk <-- warning, some semi-clothed images I believe, nothing pornographic though). Aussie women are babelicious .
    semi-clothed..? Where? I don't see anything...

    Edit:
    Ok, I got it
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    an example of racism I've come across precisely 1,234,653 times. "Whinging Pome"
    that's not being racist that's stereotyping the same thing you do. I think people are being way to quick to say "your a racist" it's out of control.
    actually, some opinions on "the abboes" have come close
    That always amazes me. I have heaps of Aboriginal friends and we joke around all the time. I don't know how many times i've been called white man. But it doesn't bother me or any of my friends.


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    I think you illustrate my point perfectly. In the pc world I live in, the type of banter you are referring to would constitute racism. In fact there are laws against it in much of Europe. Like I said earlier, I think the many Aussies come across as racist because of the way of talking, yet there is rarely an element of "racial hatred", which is what is really undesirable.

    I have met some very biggoted Aussies on the Aboriginal issue, but then I've met far more biggoted Londoners on any other nation, or even people north of Watford....
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    Originally posted by TheOriginalH
    Aussie women are babelicious
    Not all of 'em! :-0

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    Well, I dunno, couple of beers inside me....
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    It's very hard to say if an entire country is nice or not. Very large countries, like Canada, are so diverse. We have beautiful mountain ranges,pristine forests and unspoiled arctic tundra. The winters are harsh, but you can dress for the cold and enjoy snow boarding, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, etc,etc.
    Other countries offer much of this same natual beauty, albeit, on a smaller scale if they are a small country. When your on a beautiful beach, it doesn't matter what the scenery looks like 1000 km to the east or west. Find the beauty where you are and enjoy.
    Natural amenities aside, I believe it's the people of the country that really make it nice or not. But be careful not to judge an entire country by the
    actions of a few.
    As nice as I would like to think all Canadians are, there are always some that will tarnish our reputation. People can seem very nice in the tourist spots, their jobs usually depend on this. Get off the beaten track and get to know the real people.
    Driving in Montreal is nasty. I once slowed down to allow someone to pull into traffic and the person behind me laid on his horn and started waving his fist at me. Road rage there has been honed to a fine art. (I do understand that not everyone in Montreal is like that. Maybe it was because I had Ontario license plates...)
    Years ago, our Canadian soldiers were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their years of humanitarian peace keeping. That made me proud!!
    Later on, other peacekeeping soldiers beat and killed a young Somali boy. That made me sick!!!!!
    Times are changing. It's no longer safe to walk in certain parts of town at night, especially large cities like Toronto. Like most places, we have seen crime escalate here.
    On the other hand, people in Atlantic Canada, on our eastern shores, have to be some of the most honest, caring and nicest people I have met. One night,while visiting my inlaws in New Brunswick, we were heading out to dinner and I pointed out to my father-in-law that he had left the front door open. He just chuckled and said "That's ok. Someone might want to use the phone". They also chuckled when I locked the car doors at night. Being raised in Toronto had made me paranoid. But I found out, that in some communities, neighbours still watch out for each other.

    So to determine what makes a nice country, maybe one should ask;
    Does this country promote freedom and safety, care for it's elders, it's sick and it's less fortunate? Does it wage war, or turn a blind eye to racism and injustice? Does it strive to promote world peace? Does it's people share wealth and the rewards of achievement? Are it's people proud and caring and do they unselfishly contribute to the betterment of their communities?
    If you can feel safe to openly express yourself and safely walk the streets at night. If you watch out for and take care of each other, show kindness and tolerance and can stand before the world and be proud of who you are...,
    then you indeed live in a great country.

    Being nice, is much more than just pretty scenery...
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