Here in AUSTRALIA we are also very patriotic, but I think we
show it in a different way from the USA. Like the USA we are a
multi-cultural nation. I myself was born in Australia, but my
ancestors came here from Germany and from Ireland.
Of course we have a national flag ; but we do not fly the flag,
or salute it at schools.
We have a 'national anthem' which all children learn to sing. We
do not play or sing the anthem very often, though...except when
we win medals at international sports' meets.
AUSTRALIA is a very sporting nation.We have a small population
(23 million) but are much more successful at the Olympics, for
example, than the European nations, or Canada etc. We have an
extremely high degree of success in all sports, especially
swimming and tennis, relative to the size of our population.
We are also very proud of our artists, musicians, writers,
actors, and film-makers.
Also our scientists ; Australian scientists and medical
researchers have won several Nobel prizes. Again our success in
that area is high compared to our small population.
We have a British style parliament, with a Prime Minister and
Governor-General, who is the Queen's representative.
I should mention that we have compulsory voting for electing our
It is considered the patriotic duty of every Australian citizen
over the age of 20 to vote in elections, whether they are for
local, state, or national government.
I hope this information is useful.