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Category?[edit]

I'd suggest a category like [[Category:Reality according to creationists]] or something like that for articles like this one. Just to point out that this isn't our serious position. --Sid 19:50, 15 September 2007 (EDT)

Good idea. I added an "apres the deluge" bit to at least make it "slightly" clearer. humanbe in 23:57, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Shame[edit]

shame... The AlienDon't tase me, Bro!!! 23:15, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

(removed repetition for clarity also) humanbe in 23:57, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Why do we not have a page on Australia?[edit]

Why do we not have a page on Australia? RyanC 02:21, 30 March 2008 (EDT)

Sheesh! Really, who cares about some big flat island stuck off down the ends of the Earth near New Zealand? Next you'll be asking for an article on Argentina, Malaysia or Indoneisa. Jeez. DogP 17:37, 30 March 2008 (EDT)

Clarification[edit]

"Aborigines" are not a tribe. The tribes of Australia are Aboriginal groups like the Yolngu, Murray, Wik etc. I know this isn't srs bzns, but y'know. — Unsigned, by: 203.9.185.136 / talk / contribs

Feel free to improov! ħumanUser talk:Human 00:07, 6 October 2008 (EDT)

Indonesia[edit]

Pi, Indonesia is part of Oceania. If you want to talk about culture differences, add that to the article. But that doesn't change the fact that both Indonesia and Australia are grouped together on a map- and that sentence is about geography. --"CURtalk 21:22, 7 February 2009 (EST)

Er...no, you're wrong. Most geographers (and I am one) do not include Indonesia in Oceania, although I will give you that how exactly Oceania is defined is not always clear. Check Wikipedia's version for example. DogP 21:25, 7 February 2009 (EST)
First, Indonesian have an Asian culture similar to Malaysia and Thailand other South-East Asian island nations in the region. The Native Australians and Torrens Straight Islanders have more in common the Fijian, Maori and other Islander nations we call Oceania. Second, I live in Australia I know what Oceania looks like. - User \scriptstyle h/2\hbar 21:27, 7 February 2009 (EST)
It would appear that part of Indonesia is in Oceania. So we're both right. --"CURtalk 21:29, 7 February 2009 (EST)
I deny Indonesia right to West Papua. - User \scriptstyle h/2\hbar 21:32, 7 February 2009 (EST)

See? Now can't we just all get along? won't anyone think of the children? TheoryOfPractice 21:30, 7 February 2009 (EST)

Anyone got a good WIGO CP entry? --"CURtalk 21:31, 7 February 2009 (EST)
Alternatively, we could play InkBall --"CURtalk 21:31, 7 February 2009 (EST)
We have always been at war with Oceania... ħumanUser talk:Human 01:32, 8 February 2009 (EST)

Some of the sheep[edit]

Okay, so I was watching Good News Week , and comedian DeAnne Smith made a list of harmless Aussie animals. Her list included a total of one item: some of the sheep - as stated in our Wildlife section. Is this a common joke about Australia, did she perhaps read it here, or are one of you the lovely Ms Smith in disguise? Just curious. 124.179.13.198 (talk) 03:30, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

It is from Terry Pratchett's The Last Continent. - π 04:18, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, I've been meaning to read those. Mainly because my friends won't stop telling me about them and I just want 'em to shut up. Thanks. 124.179.13.198 (talk) 07:30, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Australian culture[edit]

We really need a section on this - there is such wide scope for jokes inherent in it. — Unsigned, by: Bogan hunter / talk / contribs

How can you make jokes about something that trivial? I mean yogurt has more culture than Australia. - π 13:03, 25 January 2011 (UTC)
How dare you! As a loyal subject of HM QEII (in her capacity as Queen of Australia) I am disturbed by the outrageous stereotyping that you people seem content to indulge in. HAVE YOU NEVER HEARD OF DAME EDNA EVERAGE OR ROLF HARRIS??? Philistines. --Horace (talk) 08:43, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Wildlife[edit]

I deleted the hoop snake line, hoop snakes have never been accepted by the scientific community. Going to replace it with the saltwater crocodile something that does exist.

The stonefish needs a mention, I reckon. One of the most venomous fish in the world has got to mean something. TheIslander 10:37, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Genocide[edit]

I tweaked the comment on genocide - it kind of implied that the ex-convicts were the main offenders. This is far from true, the first massacre involving ex-convicts wasn't until 1838 (and many of those involved were hanged as a result). The most heinous acts were conducted by either soldiers or police, under orders. Free settlers (aka landholders) were next. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_of_Indigenous_Australians VOXHUMANA 09:34, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Upside down[edit]

Why is this page upside down?--ZeroIsLogic (talk) 07:36, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

You must be Australian? --Scherben (talk) 23:45, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Politics section[edit]

I removed the outdated nonsense about Nick Xenophon that wasn't even true (most powerful man in Australia, WTF?) and I'm puttin g the picture here in case someone wants to use it somewhere else.

The man who rules Australia, seen here taking a drive through town. (Not to scale.)
Colonial (talk) 03:54, 25 May 2014 (UTC)

Indigenous question[edit]

On a photograph '(the artist) is one of the people in this picture.' In another context 'persons of Australian and Torres Islands cultures' were informed that there were images of people no longer living from those cultures. persons Can someone explain the cultural significance behind these statements? (Wanting to be 'not accidentally disrespectful' should the situation arise). 82.44.143.26 (talk) 19:02, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Flag[edit]

Should we replace the flag with its proper form? "Because this site does not have enough flag desecration" is a pretty terrible reason for it to be there. TheGreenWarrior (talk) 22:17, 28 August 2015 (UTC)

Australian public schools and (lack of) secularism[edit]

"BUILDING OUR NATION THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION":

Like the concept of public schools being free, however, the idea of secular public schools was more honoured in the breach than in the observance. Thus religious clergy were permitted and even encouraged to visit public schools on a regular basis to provide religious instruction; aspects of the official curriculum and some of the textbooks contained strong religious messages; and students were encouraged to live according to Christian moral values.

Such a state of affairs has continued to the present day. As a result, it is fair to say that public schools have been less secular in practice than they have been in rhetoric, even though in most States secular education is enshrined in law. Indeed, there is a growing concern among many public educators about the extent to which religion is permeating a number of aspects of public schools. I will give three examples:

  • In all States and Territories, special religious instruction (SRI) is offered by ministers of religion. Although parents can generally make the decision about whether or not their child can attend, this is an ‘opt-out’ rather than an ‘opt-in’ provision. Concerns have been raised about the content of some of the instruction, as well as about the fact that the SRI is largely conducted by unqualified volunteers;
  • In 2006, former prime minister, John Howard, announced the National Schools Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) as a three-year program costing $165 million. Although the Rudd Labor government expanded the scheme to include funding for secular welfare workers in 2011, three years later the Coalition government abandoned that option in its first budget, and gave $250 million to continue a chaplains-only scheme. Concerns have been raised about the fact that chaplains are used as counsellors despite many being untrained for that role; and the danger that some chaplains will use the position to proselytise a particular faith;
  • Questions about religious teaching being part of the official curriculum periodically arise, with the most frequent being attempts to teach creationism. Most recently, the two government appointed reviewers of the national curriculum have argued the case for religious instruction to be part of the official school curriculum, and conflated the important distinction between religious instruction and religion education (Wiltshire, 2015; Donnelly, 2015).

32℉uzzy; 0℃atPotato (talk/stalk) 18:08, 2 January 2016 (UTC)

New stuff to write about[edit]

Australia's government becoming more crazy/unbridled

They censored/denied and forced the UN to cover up the report on the Great Barrier Reef, the Coalition.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2016/may/30/australias-censorship-of-unesco-climate-report-is-like-a-shakespearean-tragedy

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-29/modern-day-mutiny-as-norfolk-islanders-fight-australian-takeover/7369434— Unsigned, by: 104.131.14.167 / talk / contribs

How did[edit]

the original inhabitants reach the island? Aliens flying them over the sea? --Scherben (talk) 23:47, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Most likely , they walked when they could, and crossed the ocean barriers that existed at the time (such as the Lombok Strait) in rafts or other watercraft when they couldn't. --FluffyGhostKitten (talk) 17:03, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Gradual island hopping was the order of the day then? --Scherben (talk) 19:57, 13 August 2018 (UTC)