Australia Quotes

New Zealand was colonized initially by those Australians who had the initiative to escape.

Our first settlers were chosen by England’s best judges.

At least we American tourists understand English when it’s spoken loudly and clearly enough. Australians don’t. Once you’ve been on a plane full of drunken Australians doing wallaby imitations up and down the aisles, you’ll never make fun of Americans visiting the Wailing Wall in short shorts again.

The French or the Americans might argue that much of their national character emerged during the overthrow of their oppressors which was needed to establish their nations. And indeed we in Australia perhaps lack their fiery and passionate commitment to self-determination. But we have something which I think is much more special. One hundred years […]

The Australian Book of Etiquette is a very slim volume.

A sports-obsessed suburban wasteland devoid of cerebral stimulation… If your ambition is to live on Ramsay Street, where nobody has even been heard to discuss a book or a movie, let alone an international event, then Australia may be the place for you. The pain of watching its relentless dilapidation by people too relaxed to […]

At first you have some difficulty understanding it when it is spoken, as rapidly as the orator whom I have quoted speaks it. An illustration will show what I mean. When he called, and I handed him a chair, he bowed and said.”Q” Presently, when we were lighting our cigars, he held a match to […]

Stampeding the Liberal Party into policies would be like stampeding Ayer’s Rock. (Australian Prime Minister, 1983-91)

But South Australia deserves much, for apparently she is a hospitable home for every alien who chooses to come; and for his religion too. Her varieties of religion indicate the presence within her borders of samples of people from pretty near every part of the globe you can think of… You see how healthy the […]