I'm With YouYes. This is a terrible country to live in or even travel to for that matter. Let me say that I never write posts but I feel so strongly about this and was comforted by hearing the stories of other like-minded people. Australia truly sucks.
I'm a Canadian who's been living here on and off (mostly off, gratefully) for over ten years. This time i've been back for just over two years and just when I thought this dump couldn't get any worse, it could. My wife is Australian (they do create very good looking women) and tight with her family so we've come back.
The blank stares. The timid, angry looks people give. The complete lack of having a decent conversation with one of them, providing you can engage them in the first place. I could go on forever! I've become a biggot living here as I now have a real dislike for Australians as a nation; here and abroad.
Australians seem like they're all on Lithium. They have this vacant look in their eyes and don't seem to listen when spoken to. Perhaps that's why they're so unreliable. No one reads here or strives to better their understanding of the world around them. I've never been anywhere else like it. It's like some giant science experiment gone wrong. They frequently go on about what a great country Australia is but there's no merrit behind.
Australians are viewed by the international community as racist, uncooth and non-consequential, and if they were more open minded towards excepting constructive criticism, they might have a chance of evolving with the rest of us. Have any of you ever been told defensivley by an Aussie (True Blue!) to 'go home' for voicing you opinion? I bet you have. Now, can you think of any other country where you've experienced that? Can you imagine? It says alot about the level of intolerance here. And that in turn says a lot about the Nation.
And, for all of this: the honor of them allowing you to live in their country, you have to pay through the nose! Australia is really over-priced - from food (wow, are they kidding?), to real estate. Australians are proud underacheivers and happy to accept the reward for someone elses work. The stores sell inferior products for outrageous prices and everyone just blindly pays. It's crazy! No one cares about anything here except for themselves which makes for a boring, uncultured, mollified, apathetic place. Monopolies, Duopolies, super corrupt government; Australia is a willing police state.
Australia awards incompetence and overpays it's population for even the most menial of jobs making goods and services wildly expensive. It will cost you big for even simple pleasures like going out for coffee ($4) or a cafe meal ($15-$30). There are no diners or greasy spoons or 24 hr breakfast places or delis where you can grab a cheap bite! Your only options are disgusting meat pies or nasty freezer to deep fryer chiko rolls or whatever shich are also overpriced and served with a sneer.
I could go on and on. Let me say that this is a very general outlook and of course I have close family and freinds here that I respect greatly, but, I have lived in a few countries and travelled to many more and as a whole THIS COUNTRY SUCKS! And, a country is defined by it's people. I mean 'whites only' policy into the 70's? I mean, come on. What more is there to say? Get out if you can and if your already out don't come.
On a lighter note, enjoy the illiterate, grammarically incorrect, spelling error ridden, foul mouthed responses the Aussies give to this post. I heartily enjoy reading the uneducated Aussie posts. Even the newspapers here can't spell. A French friend said to me once when asked what he thought Australia said: "It's a glass of Coke". I think of it more like a loaf of Wonderbread.