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March 2015

Australian Lifestyle

Published: Thursday 05 March 2015

Much can be understood about Australia by looking at its lifestyle. It's undeniable that Australia has an extremely desirable lifestyle, centered around sports, sunshine, and food! Who wouldn't love that?

Leisure and social

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Australia is known for its warm to hot climate and beach culture; so inevitably, there is a huge emphasis on leisure time. Most Australians live near the coast and take advantage of the clear skies, white sand and spectacular marine life by spending a lot of time outdoors enjoying recreational sports, music, arts and parties. Much social life in Australia is based around food and drink , which contributes to the thriving restaurant and cafĂ© culture throughout the country. Due to Australia’s multicultural immigration program, there has been a diversification of cuisine, particularly under the influence of Mediterranean and East Asian migrants. Of course, the barbecue tradition remains fully intact.
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Like the British, Australians also enjoy gathering in a pub to talk, watch sports, eat, dance and watch live music. Festivals and outdoor concerts are very popular in Australia during the summer, attracting huge crowds.

Arts

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Many Australians devote their lives to art, with thousands attending the annual Archibald Prize arts event, which features a portrait competition. There is also the Adelaide Arts Festival, Womadelaide, and Fringe Festival, which take part in South Australia every two years. These events attract tourists and performers from all over the world. All States and Territories have their own symphony orchestra and many universities offer courses in music, visual arts, drama or dance.

Work

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There have been recent studies that show Australians are some of the hardest workers in the developed world. It’s not unusual for Australians to take work home with them, stay after working hours, or even use all of their holiday days. Most jobs are found in larger cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Many young Australians work part-time while studying at university or living at home. The number of Australians who do not have a job is very low. If you're currently looking for work in Australia, then you can find out more information about current job opportunities and recommended recruitment agencies by clicking here.

Religion

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The Constitution of Australia prohibits the Commonwealth government from establishing a church or interfering with the freedom of religion, however, Australia is predominantly Christian. Post-war migration from Europe and South-East Asia and the Middle East has seen a growth in the number of Catholics, Jews, Buddhists and Muslims. Australia also has one of the larger Buddhist temples in the Southern Hemisphere. Although migration has brought more religion to the country, Australia is often described as ‘secular’, which means that most Australians do not lead a strictly religious lifestyle.

Sport

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Sport is a very important part of the culture in Australia, with some of Australia’s largest gatherings happening at sports events. Cricket and football are both eagerly played and spectated. Of course, Australians are famous for their surfing and swimming due to their beautiful beaches, weather and waves. Many children will play netball, cricket and football with soccer becoming more popular as well. Australia has competed in many international events including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the Paralympics, with a large number of national teams in varying sports. Due to their love of sport and reliable weather, many Australians participate in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Politics

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Australia’s party system is dominated by two major groups; the Australian Labor Party and the coalition parties, the Liberal Party of Australia and the Nationals. Australia is a federation, which means it has state governments as well as a national government. Tony Abbott is the conservative Prime Minister of Australia, which is in practice the most powerful political position in Australia. He has been the Leader of the Liberal Party since 2009 and was actually born in London, England. Julia Gillard was Tony Abbott’s predecessor and was the first woman to hold this position.