Where To Begin...Disclaimer: I am aware living in Australia is probably preferable to living in Iraq/Haiti/Sudan/Syria etc; I am also aware that if I don't like it, I can f*** off. I plan to.
First off, Australia is not all doom and gloom - I am really grateful for the opportunities it has afforded me in the way of education. And ignoring the Cronulla riots, the beaches aren't bad at all.
As with any country, there are great people and there are ********.
Unfortunately, the latter outnumber the former.
The poster which referred to Australians as 'suspicious, not curious' - you couldn't have put it better.
Making friends here is difficult. As another poster noted, most Australians have a chip/s on there shoulder/s. We are a country of sheep, and tall poppy syndrome prevails.
From what I've gathered, the vast majority of Australians are more interested in the Kardashians/their car/drinking and eating themselves to an early death than they are in art, history, politics, science, nature etc.
Even among more likeable Australians, there is an insidious undercurrent of sexism, racism, xenephobia and general suspicion towards anyone who does not go with the flow on the stream of mediocrity that defines this country.
Politics - where to begin. I would describe our politicians as pigs, but pigs are intelligent. For the most part they're pork barrelling egomaniacs.
Theoretically we're a democracy, but owing to gutless politicians and our political structures incorporating of the worst aspects of the Westminster system and American federalism, it's always a choice between the devil you know and the devil you don't.
The situation isn't helped by the media, who (for the most part) subject to the financial interests and political whims of the fat cats who run the organisations, serve to reinforce the mediocrity and quasi-corporate pork barrel-ocracy that is Australia.
The enormous hole in the ozone la
Public transport is fairly dismal.
Australia has deluded itself into thinking we are the lucky country because of the state of our economy; however money clearly cannot by sense.
We are a nation of apathetic, consumeristic, alcoholic slobs.
It's no surprise so many freethinkers, academics and otherwise creative leave this hellhole.
When will people wake up and realise there's more to life than money, flat screens, cars, beer and watching sport?
Here's to leaving this hell hole in 2013.