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Australia

Australia’s the country I’ve been born and raised in, and I still live here, in Melbourne. The continent has been inhabited by Aboriginal peoples for at least 60,000 years, and colonised by the British since 1788 (the state governments in Australia are the direct continuations of the colonial regimes; the federal government came into existence when the colonies agreed to federate in 1901).

Despite Australia’s long history of openly racist policies (e.g. genocide of Aboriginal people; the White Australia policy), modern Australia is a diverse country with high immigration rates where 45% of the population have at least one parent born overseas, and a bit over 25% are POC. Our ruling class isn’t so reflective of this, and we also have other social problems stemming from our capitalist economic system like a housing crisis, wealth inequality and a large “precariat”.

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a socialist and a feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.