Friday Flash Poll: What are Australian values?

We’re asking you to define Australian values.

Friday Flash Poll: What are Australian values?

The debate has raged more intensely this year than last. And surely that is a good thing. Australia Day, Invasion day ... when to celebrate it or mark it? Name the politician or media commentator who hasn’t voiced an opinion about it in recent weeks. Dates have been suggested for most months of the year – for assorted reasons or for none.

But what the debate has shone a light on is Australian values. What are our quintessential Australian values? Why not tell us what you think in our Friday Flash Poll: What are Australian values?

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And, of course, we'd love you to share your opinions in the comments section below.





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    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    10:21am
    a. doin' what's right, regardless....

    b. a fair crack of the whip....

    c. work for yer money, yer bludgers..... get off yer shiny arse an' do a bit...
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    10:31am
    Jeez, mates ... cobbers ... that list up there is pretty hard to work with... some of them words've been hijacked by special interest groups... I mean we don't mind multi-culturalism within bounds as long as they don't act like a bunch of sheilas and act as if they're special... and 'equality? Well, that's a word that's been hijacked by special interest groups, and to them equality means they get it all and anyone they don't want to get it doesn't.

    I didn't restrict me 'fair go' to just those 'having a go'... sometimes people can be in a bad spot, and no amount of effort will help. One of me Aboriginal mates livin' in Moree, fer instance - no matter how hard he tried to get out of poverty and reliance on social security, he just couldn't get a job, and even traveling to The Big smoke made no difference because he still had to struggle to even get a foot in the door. Too many people out of work and thee just ain't much work around in country towns... the council worker is the aristocracy of the bush, along with the coppers..... and being' shiny arsed bastards these days, many of them've got a gut on 'em like a council horse anyway...

    As for boat people - me great-great-grandparents arrived here by boat in the 1850's - getting away from oppression and poverty 'at home' in Ireland and Germany and Scotland... and they made a couple of business empires. Me great- great-grandmother had the pub burn down in 1876 in Inverell ... the local Anglican church at Glen Innes got everyone together to help out.. she bein' a widow an' all then...

    But people were different then.... nowadays you hardly know your neighbour....

    (and there you have it, ladies and gents, spoken in true Australian frontier vernacular)....
    Chat
    25th Jan 2019
    11:42am
    Well spoken TREBOR --- agree!
    Nerk
    25th Jan 2019
    4:16pm
    A fair whip of the crack?
    MICK
    25th Jan 2019
    5:23pm
    Perhaps the real question is WHAT ARE NOT AUSTRALIAN VALUES.

    The real issue is that some of us choose to act like Huns and do not care about the country as a whole because 'they have rights'. These folk need to have the rights that they seem to have been given by the non intelligent few stripped away and either become a part of the country or leave. That'd free up a bit of public housing.

    It is pleasing however that the routine aboriginal taunt about invasion day has been absent from the media.

    I hope all have an enjoyable day where we can celebrate that which makes us who we are rather than who some would have us be.
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:01pm
    "A fair crack of the whip" is a colloquialism peculiar to our sub-culture, and it means be fair dinkum in whatever you do, and if you're a wanker or an upstart, it means get off your high horse...

    An old Australianism meaning "fair go, mate" and has many applications...

    e.g. "Fair crack of the whip, Morrison - we don't follow all this stuff about poor one minute and then handouts the next..."

    25th Jan 2019
    11:00am
    Freedom of speech and Parliamentary democracy are missing.

    What about the Australian Values Statement? http://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/meeting-our-requirements/australian-values
    Anonymous
    25th Jan 2019
    2:43pm
    Maybe because we don't actually have either anymore?
    Anonymous
    25th Jan 2019
    5:00pm
    We still have both, though they're under threat from political correctness.
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:05pm
    Bolshevik style government, rule by a minority, on one side armed with the ability to take or give jobs and all that entails, on the other mostly petty imposition using the government as their battering ram to get what they want... both pretty much a long was off a fair crack of the whip, mate....

    Them kinds is what me old dad, a Werris Creek bushie from way back who caught young galahs at night in their nests to get some cash in the Depression, useta call 'narrer-gutted' - which is a reference to a poorly fed and maybe sickly cow - which is a pretty good fit.

    A 'narrer-gutted' politician is a slim customer and a poor specimen....
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:11pm
    Looking at me old dad in Werris Creek - it seems we must include 'self-reliance' and 'having a go' - not having a go as in king-hitting some kid on the street with a one-punch kill - but getting stuck in when work needs to be done...

    Did you know that the Australian artillery dragged 25 pounders up the escarpment at The Golden Stairs in Port Moresby - using block and tackle and some mighty serious men, to contest the Japanese coming over the Kokoda Trail? A high and steep range and they did it all with manpower..... that's 'having a go'....
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:13pm
    I don't see many of our politicians 'having a go' - they're far too fat, narrer-gutted, and shiny-arsed to get their hands dirty other than by handling our money ....
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:25pm
    Let's add to that a way with words and witticisms.. that cut straight to the heart of the matter....

    Don't forget "guts on 'em like council horses"...
    floss
    25th Jan 2019
    11:05am
    Australia finished about 20 years ago due to a stupid immigration policy we don't really know who we are now,
    AutumnOz
    25th Jan 2019
    1:42pm
    Agreed floss.
    The Australia I grew up in and the values we wre taught now seem to have disappeared and I doubt they will return.
    The Care Bear.
    25th Jan 2019
    4:27pm
    I know who I am, that's all that matters.
    I have the same values and ethics I did when I was a teenager.
    immigrants, those I know have made this Country better.
    Anonymous
    25th Jan 2019
    5:02pm
    Most of the time I don't know whether I'm in Mecca, Shanghai or New Delhi. This is NOT the Australia our ANZACs fought and died for. Our politicians should be shot for treason.
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:15pm
    That all has to stop - Australia needs to be one single nation if it - and those who live here - are to survive the coming downfall of civilisations and of economies, and the coming wars that will create. This Island On Earth needs to keep itself afloat before it can help those struggling in the waters.... and those who are running the show are not doing much of a job of it...
    Anonymous
    26th Jan 2019
    1:04pm
    Australian values, anything that isn't bloody muslim
    Crowcrag
    25th Jan 2019
    11:21am
    The notion of ‘australian’ values is itself suspect. Are we really any different from people everywhere trying to deal with the issues of life and society? Like all mainstream religions that have the same driving basics, do we have a right to own particular values? The best example is that old hoary chestnut of ‘mateship’. Too many Australians believe that it is an Aussie quality bred from the experience of war. Surely it is just a normal human value, seen all over the world? As John Laws used to say ‘Be kind to each other’. That will cover most situations.
    Ted Wards
    25th Jan 2019
    11:46am
    Interesting thoughts Crowcrag and very good for reflection. I think perhaps I note how different we are when I'm travelling over this big globe. Every time I'm asked where I'm from I always get a positive response and the response is usually "I really like Australians. They are great people with a great attitude, or really friendly and easy to get along with. It must be a great place to live" or along those lines and with some variations. I've been to many countries and have never had a negative response about Australians in general.

    After my most recent trip to Hawaii a few weeks ago, where it really is a massive melting pot of cultures, I really do appreciate how friendly and laid back many Australians are, even our newer citizens. It's hard to describe what the difference is, it may be political, it may be historical...can't really put my finger on it. I think the issue is that too many make assumptions and generalisations based on the their network of friends, family and experience. Which is fair enough!

    My experience of Australia is yes be kind, but also have a go, you have the freedom to have a go and anyone is welcome as well. I think the more you travel, the more you appreciate how great Australia actually is...despite our issues with our ever changing leaders!
    violet
    25th Jan 2019
    4:17pm
    Couldn't agree more, Crowcrag - you said it for me. The only thing I'd add to that is that "mateship" is often seen as an exclusively male preserve.
    TREBOR
    26th Jan 2019
    8:29am
    Well.. women have 'covenhood' - much the same thing... works wonder in social sciences these days .... eye of newt, sprog of toad, witch hazel, and a touch of Delphic Oraclery, and **poof** - a whole new philosophy, complete with acolytes in big frizzy hair woolen hats, jeans and unshaven legs, and an attitude of supremacy covered by a mask of victimhood!!!

    Some men even seek to breed with such acolytes, unknowing that any such touch is viewed as a rape of the Eternal Female, and is a violation of a sacred personal temple........ when they do breed, they develop sons of the anti-Spartan model.... THIS IS SPARTA!!
    Hoohoo
    29th Jan 2019
    1:34pm
    Well, TREBOR, what is all that shit? & what does it have to do with mateship?

    I have plenty of great female mates, mate. So get over yourself, mate.

    If you get stung by a wasp, I suggest you apply witch hazel - it's a great remedy & also a wonderful skin toner (for your pretty complexion, TREBOR).
    double j
    25th Jan 2019
    11:35am
    My 3 ticks are what we do , we travel a lot ,have a larrikin spirit when we do travel and don’t mind anybody taking the piss out of us !!!
    Karl Marx
    25th Jan 2019
    11:36am
    A fair go for everyone. So all our governments of recent years are really unaustralian including any future government if it's the LNP or ALP.
    DavoWA
    25th Jan 2019
    11:41am
    You asked for three but I'll give you five: Personal Freedom, Democratic Government, Rule of Law, Human Rights and A Fair Go.

    As for Australia Day, why don't we just make it the fourth Monday in January, irrespective of the actual date - which is what I think we do now anyway. That way we're all assured of a long weekend. We don't have to focus on the initial European settlement. We can all just celebrate our common Australianness. We can also encourage those Australians who value their particular ethnic ancestry to celebrate that, at a time and place of their own choosing, on some other special day and encourage them to invite the rest of us to join them as their guests for that special day.
    Rod63
    25th Jan 2019
    12:07pm
    I agree 100% about Australia Day. It doesn't have to be the same date each year - and wasn't until 1994.
    Jim
    25th Jan 2019
    3:41pm
    Agree, I think I also read somewhere that the date that Captain Philips arrived was actually the 24 of January, don’t know if it’s true or not, and if we are going to call it invasion day wasn’t that some time in April when Cook arrived?
    TREBOR
    26th Jan 2019
    8:35am
    Date of OzDay is irrelevant - it'll sort of be Monday 28th anyway - the offensive to change it is.... an offensive measure..... to suit a small self-interest group, and is carried out with whining, threats, intimidation and shaming over things nobody here has done, and, as usual, over which the majority have little to no control. furthermore, any change will do nothing for anyone, but certainly will cause more dissension and division in this nation of (LMAO) one people. Frankly - changing a long-established date to suit a small whining group will cause more division that it will any 'unity', and you cannot change those who thrive in disunity as their way to gain what they want.

    I, for one, do not give in to whining, threats, intimidation and shaming over nothing... try reason and civility.

    HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!! Enjoy it ... share it.... love it....or find a boat...
    Anonymous
    26th Jan 2019
    1:09pm
    Good idea, Easter moves around every year so the 4th Monday in January sounds ok and if a Monday does happen to be the 26th, stiff!
    P$cript
    25th Jan 2019
    12:08pm
    What a joke that "Belief in a fair go for everyone" is the highest polling value!!
    When polls show greater than half the population want refugees locked up or are they not part of everyone or is everyone only if they don't look the same as me.
    violet
    25th Jan 2019
    4:20pm
    Yes, ironic and sad, that so many Aussies have this blind spot and seem to be happy with human rights abuses in our collective names, all in the name of "strong borders".
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:28pm
    Only your emotional state can save the whole world..... hard practicality says we must preserve ourselves in order to help the rest.... and that we cannot save the whole world by making our own survival more and more perilous...

    That is a very far cry from 'having a blind spot' or actively hating immigrants...

    The discussion of reason should never be clouded by emotion.....
    Anonymous
    26th Jan 2019
    1:19pm
    Well said Trebor, strong borders are essential otherwise we end with the cesspools that Britain and France plus others have. Some come from a shithole and make this their new shithole.
    Scott
    25th Jan 2019
    1:08pm
    Bizarre that Janelle omitted all the negative values
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:28pm
    OH???? And those are??????
    Bow Maker
    25th Jan 2019
    1:18pm
    And I thought it was all about cricket
    KB
    25th Jan 2019
    2:24pm
    Equality for all respecting the rights of others to have opinions whether you agree or not and upholding the law
    annie
    25th Jan 2019
    2:53pm
    The winner is a Morrison comment. Most people read that and think that's it but it's not.
    We've never been only for those that have a go. Fair go for all would be more accurate.
    TREBOR
    26th Jan 2019
    8:38am
    Unfortunately, Morrison et al (poor old al - cops it again lumped in with losers) - have3 made such throwaway lines into a term of insult, derision and division - rather than of mateship, by arbitrarily applying it to groups they choose to label 'bludgers' for not being on the 'inside' and reaping millions through legitimised theft (via government, leglislation, and procedure).
    GrayComputing
    25th Jan 2019
    3:26pm
    HELPING OTHERS (for free)
    Zen
    25th Jan 2019
    4:40pm
    I think a values statement would be an excellent idea because the options that were offered I don't think hold anymore ...they may have once upon a time .... 60+yrs ago but they certainly don't apply now.

    We all have very rose-coloured glasses when it comes to our perception of ourselves and as a nation I think ... there are too many very ugly manifestations of Australians - both at home and abroad to think that any of the noble ideas about ourselves are relevant ...

    And a statement might steer us in a better direction although I think it would be extremely hard to find commonality ... we are a very divided people who can't agree on much these days!

    25th Jan 2019
    4:59pm
    Fearless exposure of bullshit.
    MD
    25th Jan 2019
    5:46pm
    Frances Fukuyama - 'Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment', might help lift the blinkers.
    Mrs Hedgehog
    25th Jan 2019
    6:45pm
    As an ex-Pom boat person who has had citizenship for over fifty years I have a growing and increasing dislike for Australia Day. On that day I am somehow personally responsible for all and every adverse event that has ever happened in this country, even though none of my ancestors were here and neither I nor they had anything to do with government policy. So, I try to keep my head down and stay out of the way in an attempt to avoid the otherwise inevitable harassment and verbal abuse that occurs from beer overdoses.
    TREBOR
    25th Jan 2019
    8:20pm
    So it's not Australia Day you dislike - it's the current climate that encourages the growth of politics of division??
    Anonymous
    26th Jan 2019
    1:12pm
    Well said Hedgehog, time for the indigenous to get over it and move on, all happened too long ago
    GeeDub
    28th Jan 2019
    10:27pm
    It did not take long after our arrival here that it seemed very clear to me that "Australian Values" as something quite distinct and nation-defining were a form of chimera, or put in the local idiom:a 'furphy'. What research has been done shows that there is nothing unique about the words and phrases regularly used to define 'Australian values'. In fact quite the opposite; cultural value scores show Australia to be bog-standard average on all factors. To quote a "Conversation" article that covers this research: "It is hard to escape the conclusion that what is unique about Australian values is their averageness." And: "Australia is the second least distinctive culture of all, beaten to the gold medal by Brazil."

    https://theconversation.com/australian-values-are-hardly-unique-when-compared-to-other-cultures-76917

    The only factors I can deduce that 'pick us out' from the rest is Aussie Rules (and even that is mirrored quite well by Gaelic football) and the one Australian stand-out that DOES clearly pick us out as 'different' is Aboriginal culture and length of tenure in the one environment. PLEASE though do not let any of this out to most politicians and their mainstream media friends!
    PS I have the raw data scores if anyone is interested. Also consult Hofstede "Cultural Dimensions" research. I also have these country-based data!
    Hoohoo
    29th Jan 2019
    1:16pm
    Until we recognise the Frontier wars, Australians can never know who we REALLY are.

    I love my country & I'm very proud to be Australian. I thank god the people from the most ancient culture on the planet have survived & on Australia Day, that is what I celebrate - all the marvelous art & culture from ALL the people in Australia.

    No one can claim to be more "Aussie" than another, & especially not those flag-wavers with another country's flag in the corner.


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