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Un-Australian

Definition of the adjective Un-Australian

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adjective

  1. Not Australian.
  2. See Anti-Australian.

Explanation

Un-Australian is an increasingly pejorative term used in Australia. In modern usage, it has similar connotations to the United States term un-American, however the Australian term is somewhat older, being used as early as 1855 to describe an aspect of the landscape that was similar to that of Britain. Its modern usage was popularised during the 1990s by Prime Minister John Howard and One Nation Party founder Pauline Hanson; however, Stanley Bruce used it in reference to striking workers in 1925 and Joseph Lyons during the 1930s to decry communists and migrants from non-British backgrounds. In recent times, the word has been overused to the point of being a particular favourite of humourists and satirists. It is used in a humorous TV advertising campaign by Meat and Livestock Australia, in which ex-AFL footballer Sam Kekovich declares that not including lamb in one's diet is "un-Australian".

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Google previewThe Foundation Grammar Dictionary (2005)

Including Punctuation and Usage by Gordon Winch

WHO World Health Organisation A hyphen is used: • to join two or more words, or word parts: a light-brown sweater, an un-Australian wa\ to behave (when the main word starts with a capital letter) • to avoid confusion with another word: To ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Networks (2011)

by George A. Barnett

While the marginalization of particular social groups from Australian society has been described as “un-Australian,” social networking has nonetheless had a role in enabling this. The Cronulla riots in 2005 garnered international media ...

Google previewCyclopædia of Australasia; Or, Dictionary of Facts, Events, Dates, Persons, and Places Connected with the Discovery, Exploration, and Progress of the British Dominions in the South (1881)

From the Earliest Dawn of Discovery in the Southern Ocean to the Year 1881 by David Blair

The scenery, the colour and general appearance of the waters, and the shape of the hills, are altogether un-Australian, and very like that with which we are familiar in the west of Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. The mountains are brown, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Sport (1999)

From Ancient Times to the Present by David Levinson, Karen Christensen

For many native Australians, however, these immigrant athletes gave the sport a distinctly un-Australian image, especially when crowd trouble reflected interethnic tensions.Association football is now the premier sport in the Middle East, ...

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Un-Australian Meaning

Video shows what un-Australian means. Not Australian.. Anti-Australian.. Un-Australian Meaning. How to pronounce, definition audio dictionary. How to say ...

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The Australian people want to help build this country into a great nation. This budget... has not realized the capacity of the Australian people. It has underestimated them. It has let us down. (Lionel K. Murphy)
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