straya!!!!!!!

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For any non-Aussies out there, Karl Stefanovic is a pretty beloved TV presenter on the morning show “Today”. He’s created many hilarious TV moments like eating the world’s hottest pie, losing his shit over grumpy cat, the conversation about the long stabby thing - and there was also that time where he told a bad pun Dalai Lama joke TO the Dalai Lama

Well today he revealed that (as a comment on sexism in the media) he has been wearing the same suit on air every day for a year with nobody noticing. He started doing it deliberately after seeing the backlash that his female co-hosts would constantly get over their appearances. 

“No one has noticed; no one gives a shit. But women, they wear the wrong colour and they get pulled up. They say the wrong thing and there’s thousands of tweets written about them. Women are judged much more harshly and keenly for what they do, what they say and what they wear… I’ve worn the same suit on air for a year - except for a couple of times because of circumstance - to make a point. I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humour - on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing on how their hair is.” -Karl Stefanovic

Australian English - a Handy Guide, part 1
  • Pissed:either angry or drunk. Sometimes both.
  • Piss easy:extremely easy.
  • Pissed off:either in the context of being angry, or having left a place.
  • Piss Up:an event containing alcohol.
  • Pissing down:Raining heavily.
  • Pissed on:usually used to describe being rained on.
  • Piss around:dawdle or delay; procrastinate.
  • Pissing contest:attempting to prove one's abilities are better than someone else's, for no discernible gain.
  • Piss faced (see also 'shitfaced'):inebriated.
  • Pissy:either angry, or something very small.
  • Piss-poor/piss-weak:weak or disappointing.
  • Piss head:Alcoholic individual.
  • As an example:George and some other piss head got into a pissing contest, where George put in a piss poor effort and got pissed off because it started pissing down. He'd figured it would be piss easy to win, so he was pissy and spent the rest of the afternoon pissing around before deciding to piss off and avoid getting pissed on any further by the rain.

i love how everyone’s like “it’s shocking how australia is so racist” and it’s like no it’s not shocking australia’s always been racist white australia was founded on the most horrific colonialist imperialist values with a couple of disgusting attempts at genocide on the way what’s actually shocking is how much australia likes ABBA

EDIT: So for some reason this post has taken off again and 95% of the people reblogging it seem to be pretty chill and appreciate our love of ABBA and understand racism is alive and well in Australia. However, the other 5% insist on arguing that Australia is not a racist country. This is an issue for two reasons - firstly, it takes the discussion away from “how can we address the racism inherent in our country” and into “PROVE IT, TUMBLR USER NICOLAUDA” and means I have to get all sassy and bitchy and link things to people who’ll never read them.

Secondly, it means I’ve been swanning around defining racism just as responders to the post attempt to; as far as I can tell, we’ve all been white. White people do not get to define racism.

So in the interests of never having to deal with this goddamn post again, here’s a link roundup:

The original response to someone who took issue with this post. (If you feel the need to send me an ask about it, just pretend it’s directed at you). Please note I failed to discuss institutionalised racism in detail, please proceed to use a search engine such as google, duck duck go or god forbid, bing, to attempt to educate yourself.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (count the ones our governments, past and present have violated! The answer may surprise you.)

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (Article 1)

The UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (which Australia has signed up to)

“The Convention further stipulates that, subject to specific exceptions, refugees should not be penalized for their illegal entry or stay. This recognizes that the seeking of asylum can require refugees to breach immigration rules. Prohibited penalties might include being charged with immigration or criminal offences relating to the seeking of asylum, or being arbitrarily detained purely on the basis of seeking asylum. Importantly, the Convention contains various safeguards against the expulsion of refugees.” (UNHCR Convention on Refugees, page 3 of introduction).

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (count the violations)

“1. States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.

2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.” (Article 6)

The Genocide Convention (please compare to the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, past and present. Further, note genocide comes in many forms.)

Within Australia’s own history

The Cronulla Riots

One Nation

The White Australia Policy

The Coniston Massacre (less than a hundred years ago, more than a hundred indigenous Australians dead). There were of course, many other examples.

The Stolen Generation 

Generally by the fifth and invariably by the sixth generation, all native characteristics of the Australian Aborigine are eradicated. The problem of our half-castes will quickly be eliminated by the complete disappearance of the black race, and the swift submergence of their progeny in the white.” - “Doctor” Cecil Cook. A blatant attempt at genocide.  

The Frontier Wars (have you ever seen a memorial to this?)

The Forced Closure of Indigenous Settlements in WA


I am done having this conversation. The question you should be asking is “what can I do to help stop the racism in our country,” and not “prove your point in this post that is clearly using humor to make a point.”

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This was by far the most important thing that happened in Australia in the year 2000

Occasionally when some of our (usually elderly) distant UK relatives make plans to visit Australia they say things like “YEAH we’re gonna stay in Sydney for a few days and maybe take a drive out to Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) one afternoon

It’s kind of adorable but we have to burst their bubble before it gets too big by showing them these:

the weirdest shit that’s come out of aussie parliament
Hanging Out Washing In Australia In Summer
  • Sydney:Hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - bone dry.
  • Hobart:Hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - hasn't dried at all, has probably been rained on.
  • Melbourne:Hang out washing, get sunburnt in raging sunlight whilst doing so, go to collect in half hour - wet again, as it's now raining.
  • Brisbane:Hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - still has that damp kinda feeling because even the clothes are sweating; why so humid?
  • Canberra:hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - Tony Abbott is tangled in your clothesline and you have to beat him away with a broom.
  • Darwin:Hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - washing has blown away, time for a new wardrobe.
  • Perth:Hang out washing, go to collect in half hour - washing gone, claimed by great white shark.