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Re: CHAT: General Question

From:Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
Date:Saturday, March 24, 2001, 0:12
andrew wrote:

> > I'm worried about how the new immigration law between Australia and NZ > will effect both countries. The number of New Zealanders moving to > Australia has vastly improved the intellectual levels of both countries. > > My accent is General New Zealand but I'm mistaken for English often > enough that I suspect it's slightly cultured. It's not Broad NZEnglish > and no where as broad as Strine, which could be used as a runway, and > probably often is!
I have a General Aussie accent, slightly broad in some places /@i:/ for /i:/, for eg, but have been mistaken for English offen enough (although given I say /E:/ for /E@/, /tS/ for /tj/, /dZ/ for /dj/ etc., and sometimes /I:/ for /I@/, I have no idea why. And I've never heard anyone speak Strine, except for on sterotypical shows. (Like that Simpsons episode. What I find Really Offensive about that is that is the way Bart leaves that frog behind and then, at the end of the show, they act like its *our* fault. And Murdoch's Aussie, born and bred)
> > > In actual fact I'm an advocate for the point of view the sooner NZ joins > the Australian Federation the better. >
No such thing as the Australian Federation. After Federation, Australian colonies became the Commonwealth of Australia. But I don't reckon NZ should join the CoA. We should form something different. Hmm... The United States of Earth? But more commonly Earth. Or the United States of Hume, so we were called Humans? (sorry, this is an obvious play on the USA discussion happening here). But yes, we should unite, and be a republic, basically replacing the Governor General with the President, and voting should be compulsory. The most pressing questions are: how are we going to build a city at least 100miles away from Australia (thats why Canberra was born: a city was needed to be built no less than 100 miles away from Sydney to be the capital city), and who/what replaces the Queen on the coins? _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free address at


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andrew <hobbit@...>