November 1, 2012

Think Australia's Wild? Try America

Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney Morning Herald

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AUSTRALIANS like to define their national character by reference to the harsh land we inhabit - droughts and flooding rain, and all that. The response to cyclones and floods that devastated Queensland was framed within an image of a national character of stoicism to which we would all aspire. But any fair-minded observer would have to acknowledge that whatever the harshness and vagaries of the Australian landscape, the United States inhabits a more volatile and dangerous part of the world.

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