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These articles contain a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers) on soc.culture.australian, mainly information about Australia, including studying in Australia, immigration, songs, recipes, where to find Australian things overseas, and so on. It should be read by anyone who wishes to post to the soc.culture.australian newsgroup.

This FAQ about Australia was compiled and written by Stephen Wales with numerous contributions by others. Last updated 30 May 1996.

This FAQ is (C) Copyright 1995 Iain Sinclair/Ann Nicholson/Stephen Wales and contributors.

-1. About soc.culture.australian
-2.1 Addresses on the Net
-2.1.2 Gopher and WWW
-2.1.3 On-line Weather Information [IC]
-2.1.4 Finding people
-2.1.5 Other
-2.2 Other Addresses
-3. Citizenship, Visas, Immigration
-3.1 Australian Citizenship
-3.2 Australian (Dual) Citizenship [CW]
-3.2.1 Dual Nationality
-3.2.2 Loss of Australian Citizenship
-3.2.3 Children born overseas
-3.2.4 Joint US/Australian from a US perspective
-3.2.5 Australian/Canadian
-3.3.1 Visas For Foreigners in Australia
-3.3.2 Visas For Australians in other Countries
-3.4 Immigration
-3.4.1 Addresses
-3.4.2 Criteria and Points System
-3.4.3 Spouse/fiance(e) immigration
-3.4.4 Employers sponsoring foreign employees
-3.5 Emigrants
-4.1 Quarantine
-4.2 Standards
-4.3 Cars
-4.3.1 Car Insurance
-4.4 Shipping Information
-4.5 Miscellaneous
-4.6 Australians Returning Home
-5.1 Overview of Australian Higher Education [CP,April '93]
-5.2 Postgraduate Study [CP]
-5.2.1 How do I find out more about Post Graduate Courses in Australia ?
-5.3.1 Can I assume that a degree from a UC, IT or CAE carries just as much weight as a degree from a University?
-5.3.2 Is there an accrediting agency for MBA programmes (in the U.S.,business schools are accredited by a nation-wide body called AASCB).Should I even be looking for a parallel?
-5.3.3 Is there higher prestige attached to certain Aussie MBAprogrammes?
-5.3.3 Which universities have the most overseas students?
-5.4 "Classification" of Australian Universities
-5.5 Academic Addresses
-5.6 Australian Medical Schools
-6.1 Radio Australia (update)
-6.2 Newspapers
-6.3 Australiana in the USA
-6.4 Video Conversion
-6.5 Expatriate organisation
-6.6 Oz News
-7.1 Tasmanian Aborigines and Trugannini
-7.4.1 History of Australian "Independence"
-7.4.2 Aboriginal Voting [JM]
-7.5.3 World War II
-7.6 National heroes/Notable Australians
-8.1 Political System
-8.2 Voting System
-8.2.1 What is preferential voting?
-8.2.2 Proportional Representation and Political Parties
-8.2.3 Senate Voting System
-8.3 Current governments
-8.4.1 Total taxation
-8.4.2 Personal income tax
-8.4.3 Corporate taxation [JB]
-8.4.4 Indirect taxes [DlC]
-8.4.5 State taxes
-8.5 The Independence Debate
-8.6 Mabo
-8.7.1 Medicare
-8.7.2 Medicare Levy
-8.7.3 Doctors
-8.7.4 Fees (What you Pay at the Doctor)
-8.7.5 Public Hospitals
-8.7.6 Private Hospitals
-8.7.8 Skin Cancer
-8.8.1 Economic Information: Comparative GDP etc [TvR]
-8.8.2 Economic Information: Exports [KH]
-8.8.3 Economic Information: Wages, poverty level, homelessness [KH]
-9.1.1 Geographic information
-9.1.2 Australia - Area, Coastline And Highest Points
-9.1.3 Australian deserts [KH]
-9.2 National Holidays
-9.3 Weather
-9.4 Extinct Species
-9.5 Fauna
-9.5.1 The Monotremes
-9.5.2 Marsupials
-9.5.3 Tasmanian devils and Tasmanian Tigers [KB]
-9.5.4 Venomous Fauna
-9.5.5 Australian Extinct and Endangered Species
-9.5.6 Australian Extinct Birds
-9.5.7 Australian Extinct Mammals
-9.5.8 Australian Koalas
-9.6.1 Australian Flag
-9.6.2 Coat of arms
-9.7 Miscellaneous
-10.1.1 Housing in Melbourne [miscellaneous contributors]
-10.1.2 Housing in Sydney [BJ]
-10.1.3 Housing in Canberra [TN]
-10.2 Australian Schooling
-10.3 Public Transport
-10.4 Roads
-10.5 Prices [1993]
-10.6 Shopping Hours
-10.7 Crime
-10.8 Sport
-11.1 Travel in Australia: Money
-11.2 Travel in Australia: Jet-lag
-11.3.1 How are the conditions of the streets (or roads?) in Australia inJanuary? I heard that the roads in the North are often overflowed. Isthis right?
-11.3.2 We want to rent a car (or jeep or motor home) to go throughAustralia. Which kind of car is required or recommended(especially for the desert in the center of Australia)?
-11.3.3 Maybe we want to fly within Australia. Which airlines arerecommended and how much are the prizes (examples are enough)?
-11.4 Travel Reports and Recommendations
-11.4.1 A Trip description
-11.4.2 Uluru (Ayers Rock)
-11.4.3 Places of interest in Tasmania
-11.4.4 Accommodation tips to the low budget motorhome traveller (BB)
-11.4.5 Adelaide and SA
-11.4.6 Touring Australia by Motorcycle [C]
-11.4.7 Cheap travel agent [RM]
-11.4.8 Places of Interest in Melbourne
-11.4.9 Australia from south to north [JO]
-11.5.1 Advice for Australians in United Kingdom
-11.5.2 Advice for Australians in United States
-11.5.3 Advice for Australians in Canada
-12.1 Australian pronunciation
-12.2 Australian spelling
-12.3 Australian slang, word origins
-12.3.1 Strine (Australian) Glossary from A to Zed
-12.3.2 What is the origin of the word "Pom" or "Pommy"? [BR]
-12.3.4 Names
-12.3.5 Origin of "Whinge"
-12.3.6 Origin of "Dunny"
-12.3.7 "Show us your map of tazzy"
-12.3.8 "Claytons'"
-12.3.9 "Nugget"
-12.3.10 "West Island".
-12.3.11 Origin of Taswegian [ZS]
-12.3.12 What is a bunyip? [BT]
-12.3.13 What is the aboriginal name for koalas?
-12.3.14 What does QANTAS stand for?
-12.3.15 And further in the line of QANTAS trivia, why is the name or word(clue) Longreach, painted on the fuselages of the 747-400's?
-12.3.16 Does water go down drains in the opposite way?
-12.3.17 Australian Tea Tree Oil Melaleuca Alte [BS]
-12.3.18 What's the name of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda?
-12.3.19 What does "BYO" mean in restaurants?
-12.3.20 What is the "Didgeridoo"?
-12.3.21 What is a wanker?
-12.3.22 Why do the stars on the Australian flag have 7 points?
-12.3.23 Why Is Australia Called Australia?
-12.3.24 What is the source of ".oz" as an internet addressrepresenting Australia?
-12.3.25 What is the village in northern France where the Australian presencein WW1 is still celebrated?
-12.3.26 What is the name of the crazy boat race held in Darwin every year?
-12.3.27 In which dry river near Alice Springs is there a boat race every year?
-12.3.28 Why is November 11th remembered (PB)
-12.4 Australian word usage (misc)
-13.1.1 Vegemite
-13.1.2 Sweets recipes
-13.1.3 Meat Pies, Damper, Galah, pumpkin soup
-13.1.4 Food Misc
-13.2.1 "Waltzing Matilda", by Banjo Paterson (3 versions :-)
-13.2.2 "Advance Australia Fair", National Anthem
-13.2.3 "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda", Eric Bogle
-13.2.4 "Tie me kangaroo down" (Rolf Harris) [TS]
-13.3 Literature
-13.3.1 Fiction
-13.3.2 Poetry
-13.3.3 Children's Literature
-13.3.4 Non-Fiction
-13.4 Films
-13.4.1 Films: Action/Adventure
-13.4.2 Films: Comedy
-13.4.3 Films: Drama
-13.4.4 Films: Mystery/Thriller
-13.5 Music
-13.5.1 Classical
-13.5.1 Alfred Hill
-13.5.1 Percy Grainger
-13.5.1 Sir William Francois Entenkopf - a musical satire by David Stybr
-13.5.2 Pop
-13.5.4 Other
-13.8 Theatre









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