|Hamburgers for lunch.|
We are a diverse bunch of people. Immigrants are encouraged to maintain their old culture as well as learning the Australian way of doing things. Racial vilification is a crime. There is no crime called vagrancy. We laugh at ourselves. Australians enjoy sport. We have annual holidays; some jobs have four weeks. We like long weekends, three full days, and these sprinkle the calendar. We use nicknames like Blue, Jacko, and Bazza. The Prime Minister is known by her first name, Julia.
|Our ute run today|
Australia has no-fault divorce and husbands do not pay ex-wives alimony. (also the other way around.) Non-custodial spouses pay child support. There is only one basis for a divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
There are no illegitimate children in Australia. That category does not exist. All children are of equal importance.
What am I doing to celebrate this special day?
I went in the Australia Day Fun Run this morning. Five kilometres in high humidity. Fortunately it was all over by eight o'clock. Thousands of participants. There was a free sausage sizzle afterwards for those who wanted it.
|This is the 21 gun salute in progress.|
Very noisy and very impressive.
One gun after another.
For dinner tonight we are having kangaroo steaks. Organic of course. These are available year round from my local supermarket. It is not possible to farm kangaroos. For those who have doubts about eating this food, kangaroos are shot by licenced contractors only when they are in pest numbers. It is strictly controlled by laws and regulations and actually is humane. (I am not a vegetarian although I do not eat a lot of meat.) The meat is handled at a proper abattoir just the same as other meats for human consumption. The meat of a lower quality is used for pet food.