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Subj: Answers to the Aussie test!
Sent: 070924/2106Z @:GB7FCR.#16.GBR.EU #:45255 [Blackpool] FBB-7.03a $:3A6581G4

Here goes with the answers to the "Could you be an Aussie?" test:

1. In what year did Federation take place? - 1901

2. Which day of the year is Australia Day? - Jan 26. 
   (Easy - my wife's birthday)

3. Who was the first Prime Minister of Australia? - Edmund Barton.

4. What is the first line of Australia's national anthem? 

"Australians all let us rejoice". 

You hum it, I'll sing it.

Half a point if you answered Waltzing Matilda or God save the Queen. 

(No points if you answered "A Pub With No Beer", but 'A' for effort).

In May 1977 a national poll was conducted to ascertain the public choice
of a national song. More than 7 million Aussies were  balloted and the
results were: 

'Advance Australia Fair' 43.2% 
'Waltzing Matilda'       28.3% 
'God Save the Queen'     18.7%
'Song of Australia'       9.6%

In April 1984 the Governor-General issued a proclamation declaring that
'God Save the Queen' was designated the Royal Anthem to be played at
public engagements in Australia attended by the Queen or members of the
Royal family. 'Advance Australia Fair' was finally declared the national

5. What is the floral emblem of Australia? - The Wattle.

(Half a point if you thought it was Dame Edna's gladioli)

6. What is the population of Australia? - Approx 21 million.

Roughly 450,000 true Australians + 20,650,000 "Johnny come lately" 
migrants and their issue. And guess what they whinge about, with no 
sense of irony - immigrants!

It's a bit like those Brits who say  "Britain is being swamped with
foreigners" so they'd like to emigrate. Errm hello - what will you be 
when you get to the country of your choice? Johhny foreigner!
7. In what city is the Parliament House of the Commonwealth Parliament
located? - Canberra. (Half a point if you thought it was Albany:-).

8. Who is the Queen's representative in Australia? - The governor-general.

9. How are Members of Parliament chosen? - By election.

10. Who do Members of Parliament represent? - The people of their

11. After a federal election, who forms the new government? - The
political party or coalition of parties which wins a majority of seats in
the House of Representatives)

12. What are the colours on the Australian flag?  - Red, white and blue.

13. Who is the head of the Australian Government? - The prime minister

14. What are the three levels of government in Australia? - 
    Commonwealth, State (or Territory) and local.

(Anyone who thinks local means the whole of Oz, please sit in the corner).

15. In what year did the European settlement of Australia start? - 1788.

16. Serving on a jury if required is a responsibility of 
    Australian citizenship - true or false? - True.

17. In Australia, everyone is free to practise the religion of 
their choice, or practise no religion: true of false? - True.

So the VK who - some time back, wrote this on packet got it upside down:


>"Under the Australian Constitution, we have no specific or 
>declared rights of freedom of religion". 

End quote.

Just goes to show that a little local knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

Quite the opposite is true - there's no declared religion in Oz and 
anyone is free to adopt, change, or dump any religion of their choice. 

It's why - for example, those who pass the Oz citizenship test and must
then "take the pledge" to become a full-blown Aussie, but who think that
religion is fanciful nonsense, can drop the word "God" from the pledge 
that they must take.

The Australian "Pledge of Commitment" (which Aussies don't take but new
citizens do), mirrors the "One nation under God" bit from America, and

From this time forward, [under God], 
I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, 
whose democratic beliefs I share, 
whose rights and liberties I respect, and 
whose laws I will uphold and obey. 

All new citizens have the choice of making the pledge with or without 
the words 'under God'. 

S116 of the Oz Constitution prohibits the Commonwealth from "making any
law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious
observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion." (Based
on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution).

18. To be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament you must be an 
Australian citizen: true or false? - True.

19. As an Australian citizen, I have the right to register my baby 
born overseas as an Australian citizen: true or false? - True.

20. Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required to enrol 
on the electoral register: true or false? - True.

Unlike in the UK, it's also compulsory to vote, (or at least pretend to).

That's it then. 

I wonder if any VKs will own up to their scores?

(I couldn't settle in Oz - I couldn't stand the accents - all those
Glaswegian shop stewards, Scousers, Geordies, Brummies, Irish and Welsh. 

It's not what you expect is it? 

You'd think they'd learn the language properly.

No worries. 

Quote of the day:


         "Each nation feels superior to other nations. 
             That breeds patriotism - and wars". 

Dale Carnegie (American lecturer and author, 1888-1955)

Not wrong there then.

Best wishes 
David, G4EBT @ GB7FCR

Cottingham, East Yorkshire.

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