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Gacked from mintogrubb
Copy the following in your LJ for your friends to answer, and answer the questions in a seperate post.

Where do you live/come from originally?
What is the weather usually like, year round?
How do they run public transport where you live?
What is on the TV and Radio? Is the service any good?
What are newspapers like where you live?
How much do you pay in taxes? What type?
Alcohol: what laws and customs surround drinking where you live?
Food: Are there any locally special dishes?
Are you happy with the education service in your country?
How does your political system work in your country?
How do Trades Unions operate?
How much in the way of equal pay and opportunities do women actually get?



Where do you live/come from originally?
I was born in Melbourne, Vic. Came to live in Canberra when I was 20. Canberra is a modern city, founded in 1913. It is a planned city of parks and monuments. There is no heavy industry and little pollution. Population is about 300,000. All land in the Australian Capital Territory (which contains Canberra) is government owned leasehold. There is no private property.
What is the weather usually like, year round?
Canberra is notoriously cold by Australian standards in the Winter, with average overnight temperatures below freezing. Because it is located at altitude, it gets cool at night even in Summer. Snow, however, is rare, with only a couple of falls per year. It also gets foggy in Winter. rainfall is erratic all year round. This year has been very dry.
How do they run public transport where you live?
Buses are the only form of public transport. They are owned and operated by the ACT government.
What is on the TV and Radio? Is the service any good?
TV is the standard two government and three commercial channels that are available in all major cities of Australia. Radio is also similar. Foxtel pay TV is available over satellite and cable.
What are newspapers like where you live?
Most Australian cities have only one newspaper and Canberra is no exception. The Canberra Times, a broadsheet, is much better than one would expect for a city of Canberra's size. It draws on the large numbers of journalists based here and a pool of expertise.
How much do you pay in taxes? What type?
The major form of taxation (AUD$ 98 billion in revenue in 2003/04) is personal income tax. The top rate of 48.5% cuts in at AUD $62,500 (USD $48,750). Sales Taxes (10% on most items), Excise and Customs contributed another $27 Billion. A wealth of other taxes contribute several billion dollars more. See here for details.
Alcohol: what laws and customs surround drinking where you live?
Drinking age is 18. Australians like their alcohol in social situations.
Food: Are there any locally special dishes?
No.
Are you happy with the education service in your country?
Yes. The OECD ranks Australia as one of the world's top countries.
How does your political system work in your country?
This is a constitutional monarchy. The political system is a cross between the US and UK systems. Our head of state is the Queen. She appoints a Governor General on the recommendation of her ministers. The Governor General appoints the ministry from members of parliament. There are two houses: the House of Representatives, who are elected by single member electorates, and the Senate. There are twelve senators from each state while the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (which contains Canberra) have two senators each, for a total of 76. Normally, all of the reps and half the senators are elected in a single election. In addition to the Federal Government, we have an ACT government. There is one house, the Legislative Assembly, of 17 members from three electorates.
How do Trades Unions operate?
Industrial Relations is through a system of Conciliation and Arbitration. Trade Unions must be registered with the Federal or State government. They have coverage of all workers in a particular industry, whether they are members or not. The Industrial Relations Commission acts as a court of arbitration.
How much in the way of equal pay and opportunities do women actually get?
Wimmin have been paid the same as men for the same work since the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission's Equal Pay Decision of 1972. However, statistically, wimmin still earn about 10% less than men on average.