Oh, you knew that already? Well, I never. You should have said something.
I had to learn this fact from the Daily Show - definitely my kind of satire.
This video is the first of a three part series on Australia. It is on gun control so do not watch it if it may trigger something for you....
Frivolity aside though, don't you think we have a lot to learn from each other? Country to country, person to person?
I think we bloggers know better than most that no matter what part of the globe we come from we share more things in common than not. Right?
And while I know there are Aussies out there who believe that NZ is from another planet, we still need to take a leaf out of her book. Oh be damned, we should just grab the whole bloody book. And run with it.
You see Gay Marriage has just become legal in NZ.
And even though it's a tiny country of 4.4 million people (no, I have excluded all the sheep), it happens to be very progressive in the ways that count.
NZ was also the first country in the world to grant women the vote in 1893. Imagine. It took Australia another 18 years to do the same, the USA till 1920, UK 1928, Italy 1946, Bahrain 2001.....
So I am assuming, based on history, that it's going to be a long time before our government passes similar same sex marriage legislation. (Note, there are about 12 countries that have passed similar legislation now, including Canada).
If you want to be convinced watch this NZ Member of Parliament make a very entertaining pro-gay marriage speech. It's truly superb no matter what your views on the topic.
I so wish our Parliament could not only be that progressive but our politicians be that funny .....I might actually take them all a bit more seriously then.
Update 28/4 - for anyone interested here is Part 2 and 3 of the Daily Show's three part series on Australia. Just be assured that our politicians are no better than anyone else's though.